The general topics that the Genomics of Individuality lab is interested in revolve around the genomics of individuality: What is there in our genomes that makes us the way we are? What does it tell us about our ancestry? How does it affect our susceptibility to diseases? How can this be applied in practical settings (i.e., in forensic genetics)? In particular, its research focuses on populations on both sides of the western Mediterranean, looking at genetic structure, and contacts, and, in particular, populations that are geographically or socially isolated.

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Publications Publications

Bianco E.; Laval G.; Font-Porteries N.; …[ 9 authors ] … Bertranpetit J.; Calafell F.; Comas D. 2020. Recent common origin, reduced population size, and marked admixture have shaped European Roma genomes. Molecular Biology and Evolution.


Biagini S.; Ramos E.; Comas D. and Calafell F. 2020. The place of metropolitan France in the European genomic landscape. Human genetics. 19:1655–1664

Urnikyte A.; Flores-Bello A.; Mondal M.; Molyte A.; Comas D.; Calafell F.; Bosch E.; Kučinskas V.   2019. Patterns of genetic structure and adaptive positive selection in the Lithuanian population from high-density SNP data. Scientific Reports. 9163 doi: doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-45746-3

Larmuseau MHD.; van den Berg P.;  Claerhout S.;  Calafell F.;  Boattini A.;  Gruyters L.;  Vandenbosch M.; Nivelle K.;  Decorte R.;  Wenseleers T.A.2019. A Historical-Genetic Reconstruction of Human Extra-Pair Paternity. Current Biology.  doi: org/10.1016/j.cub.2019.09.075

Larmuseau M.H.D.; van den Berg P.; Claerhout S.; Calafell F.; Boattini A.; Gruyters L.; Vandenbosch M.; Nivelle K.; Decorte R.; Wenseleers T. 2019. A Historical-Genetic Reconstruction of Human Extra-Pair Paternity.. Current Biology. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.09.075