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.

Lab website: Calafell Lab


Francesc Calafell Majó

Calafell Majó, Francesc
UPF Associate Professor
Genomics of Individuality Lab


Predoctoral Researcher
Genomics of Individuality Lab


Predoctoral Researcher
Genomics of Individuality Lab

Martínez-González LJ, Martínez-Espín E, Álvarez JC, Albardaner F, Rickards O, Martínez-Labarga C, Calafell F, Lorente JA. 2012. Surname and y chromosome in Southern Europe: A case study with Colom/Colombo. European Journal of Human Genetics, 20(2):211-216. DOI:10.1038/ejhg.2011.162

Martinez-Cruz B, Ioana M, Calafell F, Arauna LR, Sanz P, Ionescu R, Boengiu S, Kalaydjieva L, Pamjav H, Makukh H, Plantinga T, van der Meer JW, Comas D, Netea MG; Genographic Consortium. 2012. Y-chromosome analysis in individuals bearing the Basarab name of the first dynasty of Wallachian kings. PLoS ONE, 7(7). DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0041803

Javed A, Melé M, Pybus M, Zalloua P, Haber M, Comas D, Netea MG, Balanovsky O, Balanovska E, Jin L, Yang Y, Arunkumar G, Pitchappan R, Bertranpetit J, Calafell F, Parida L; Genographic Consortium. 2012. Recombination networks as genetic markers in a human variation study of the Old World. Human Genetics, 131(4):601-613. DOI:10.1007/s00439-011-1104-8

Garcia-Garcerà M, Coscollà 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(8):2087-2098. DOI:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2012.02756.x

Bertinetto FE, Calafell F, Roggero S, Chidichimo R, Garino E, Marcuccio C, Coppo R, Scolari F, Frascá GM, Savoldi S, Schena FP, Amoroso A; European IgA Nephropathy Consortium. 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(6):2328-2337. DOI:10.1093/ndt/gfr633

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(1):84-88. DOI:10.1038/ejhg.2010.141

Mendizabal I, Valente C, Gusmão A, Alves C, Gomes V, Goios A, Parson W, Calafell F, Alvarez L, Amorim A, Gusmão L, Comas D, Prata MJ. 2011. Reconstructing the Indian origin and dispersal of the european Roma: A maternal genetic perspective. PLoS ONE, 6(1):1-10. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0015988

Laayouni H, Montanucci L, Sikora M, Melé M, Dall'Olio GM, Lorente-Galdos B, McGee KM, Graffelman J, Awadalla P, Bosch E, Comas D, Navarro A, Calafell F, Casals F, Bertranpetit J. 2011. Similarity in recombination rate estimates highly correlates with genetic differentiation in humans. PLoS ONE, 6(3). DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0017913

Javed A, Pybus M, Melé M, Utro F, Bertranpetit J, Calafell F, Parida L. 2011. IRiS: Construction of ARG networks at genomic scales. Bioinformatics, 27(17):2448-2450. DOI:10.1093/bioinformatics/btr423

García-Garcerà M, Gigli E, Sanchez-Quinto F, Ramirez O, Calafell F, Civit S, Lalueza-Fox C. 2011. Fragmentation of contaminant and endogenous dna in ancient samples determined by shotgun sequencing; prospects for human palaeogenomics. PLoS ONE, 6(8). DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0024161

Fadhlaoui-Zid K, Rodríguez-Botigué L, Naoui N, Benammar-Elgaaied A, Calafell F, Comas D. 2011. Mitochondrial DNA structure in North Africa reveals a genetic discontinuity in the Nile Valley. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 145(1):107-117. DOI:10.1002/ajpa.21472

Batini C, Lopes J, Behar DM, Calafell F, Jorde LB, van der Veen L, Quintana-Murci L, Spedini G, Destro-Bisol G, Comas D. 2011. Insights into the demographic history of African pygmies from complete mitochondrial genomes. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 28(2):1099-1110. DOI:10.1093/molbev/msq294

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