This lab’s main line of research at present focuses on the understanding of natural selection and adaptation in humans and primates through the comparative analysis of genomes. Its purpose is to understand complex adaptations through genome-wide analyses of the footprints that natural selection has left in genomes and attempt to place selection in a functional molecular framework of molecular pathways. The Evolutionary Systems Biology Lab is studying differential adaptation among human populations, including several African populations, Roma (as compared to Romanians and Indians) and in Chimpanzees. It has launched a project with the analysis of the haploid sequences of several individuals from all known groups of Southeast Asian pygmies.
Other websites: Bertranpetit Lab
Martinez-Cruz, B.; Mendizabal, I.; Harmant, C.; [11 authors]; Bertranpetit, J.; Kalaydjieva, L.; Quintana-Murci, L.; Comas, D. 2016. Origins, admixture and founder lineages in European Roma. Eur J Hum Genet. 24(6):937-43.
Julià, A.; González, I.; Fernández-Nebro, A.; [17 authors]; Bertranpetit, J.; Absher, D.; Bridges, SL Jr.; Myers, RM.; Tornero, J. and Marsal, S. 2016. A genome-wide association study identifies SLC8A3 as a susceptibility locus for ACPA-positive rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatology (Oxford) 55(6):1106-11.
Julià A.; Blanco F.; Fernández-Gutierrez.; B.; [17 authors]; Bertranpetit J.; Absher, D.; Myers R.M.; Tornero, J. and Marsal, S. 2016. Genome-Wide Association Study Identifies IRX1 as a Risk Locus for Rheumatoid Factor Positivity in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Arthritis Rheumatol 68(6):1384-91.