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

Javed, A.; Mel, M.; Pybus, M.; Zalloua, P.; Haber, M.; Comas, D.; [7 authors]; Bertranpetit, J.; Calafell, F.; Parida, L. The Genographic Consortium.  2012.Recombination networks as genetic markers: a human variation study of the Old World. Human Genetics 131 (4): 601-613.

Garcia-Garcer, M.; Coscoll, M.; Garcia-Etxebarria, K.; Martín-Caballero, J.; González-Candelas, F.; Latorre, A.; Calafell, F.  (2012). Staphylococcus prevails in the skin microbiota of long-term immunodeficient mice. Environmental Microbiology 14:2087-2098.

Bertinetto, F.E.; Calafell, F.; Roggero, S.; [7 authors]; Savoldi, S.; Schena, F.P.; Amoroso, A.  2012. Search for genetic association between IgA nephropathy and candidate genes selected by function or by gene mapping at loci IGAN2 and IGAN3. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation 27: 2328-2337.

Sikora, M.; Laayouni, H.; Calafell, F.; Comas, D.; Bertranpetit, J. 2011. A genomic analysis identifies a novel component in the genetic structure of sub-Saharan African populations. European Journal of Human Genetics 19: 84-88.

Mendizabal, I.; Valente, C.; Gusmao, A.; [4 authors]; Calafell, F.; Alvarez, L.; Amorim, A.; Gusmao, L.; Comas, D.; Prata, M.J. 2011. Reconstructing the Indian Origin and Dispersal of the European Roma: A Maternal Genetic PerspectivePLoS ONE 6: 1.