Titleimage: Population Genetics

People in the Computational and Molecular Population Genetics (CMPG) lab use molecular techniques, theoretical developments, and computer simulations to reconstruct the demographic history of populations and species from genetic data, and to test between alternative evolutionary scenarios.
We explore the genomic diversity of voles and humans in order to discover which genes have recently responded to selection, for instance to adapt to new environments.
We are also interested in quantifying the effect of range expansions and colonisation processes on genetic diversity, since these demographic events can lead to molecular signatures resembling those of selection.
We also develop and maintain computer programs to study and simulate the genetic diversity of populations, infer demographic parameters under complex scenarios, and detect loci under selection from genome scan.
The CMPG lab is affiliated to the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics.



Congratulations to Joana Meier for her PhD

On the 26th of May 2016, Joana Meier successfully defended her PhD work, entitled The role of hybridization in adaptive radiation: Genomic insights from Lake Victoria cichlids, supervised by Ole Seehausen, Laurent Excoffier and Catherine E. Wagner.


Congratulations to David Marques for his PhD

On the 10th of May 2016, David Marques successfully defended his PhD work, entitled Population Genomics of Adaptive Radiation: A Threespine Stickleback Perspective, supervised by Ole Seehausen, Laurent Excoffier and Catherine E. Wagner.