Strategic Research

Evolutionary Population Genetics Lab

Our research group focuses on investigating different aspects of human genetic diversity.

In particular, we are interested in:

  • human adaptation, that is, in identifying traits that have undergone positive selection during human evolution in order to understand the adaptive events that have shaped our genomes; and
  • the architecture of the genetic predisposition to complex disease. The search for genetic signatures of selection is pursued at different levels using comparative data and exploring intraspecific diversity patterns mainly within human populations but also in chimpanzees. As for complex disease, we believe that the application of population genetic models can help in unraveling the genetic contribution to them as well as in understanding the differences in penetrance, age of onset, and risk allele frequencies between genetic diseases.



Bioinformatics expertise:

Group Leader:

Elena Bosch


Judit Sainz