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Anthropology Unit

Anthropology Unit | University of Geneva

Mathias Currat

Maître d'enseignement et de recherche


My main research themes deal with the evolution of genetic diversity in populations. I specialize in the development of computational methods to study the combined effects of various evolutionary forces on molecular diversity, such as the occurrence of new mutations, natural selection, demographic variation and migration.

My main research topics are:

  • making inferences on human history and evolution through the analysis of their genetic diversity, with a special focus on European populations;
  • developing spatially-explicit computer simulations to manage ancient genetic and genomic data retrieved from fossils;
  • modeling hybridization processes in a population dynamics context;
  • disentangling the effects of demography and natural selection on the shaping of molecular diversity.

Author of numerous scientific publications, I am taking part in several Swiss and European research projects in relation with anthropology and biodiversity.

My teaching is related to the genetics and dynamics of populations or to the use of computer tools for the research in biology.

For more information on my professional career, please consult my LinkedIn, or Google Scholar Citation accounts, or my personal web site.

Mathias Currat
Mathias Currat
University of Geneva
Dpt. of Genetic & Evolution
Anthropology Unit
Quai Ernest-Ansermet 30
1205 Genève
Ph +41 22 379 69 67
Fax +41 22 379 31 94