Joachim Burger

Prof. Joachim Burger

In his research, Joachim Burger combines different fields, such as Prehistoric Archaeology and Statistical Genomics. Together with his colleagues, he previously developed and used population genetic modelling approaches to address evolutionary and demographic questions related to the history of extinct populations. This work has helped to shed light on demographic processes underlying the Neolithic transition in Europe and Anatolia, the interaction between late hunter-gatherers and early farmers, the origins of lactase persistence and other processes of natural selection in prehistoric Europeans as well as the demographic history of wild and domestic cattle, pigs and dogs.


Amelie Scheu

Dr. Amelie Scheu

Amelie dedicates her research (and life) to unravelling the population history of animals. In international collaborations, she produces, analyses and interprets ancient DNA data of wild and domesticated ungulates and dogs. Her research and teaching activities address human-animal interactions from before and during the process of domestication until today. Her work directly contributes to the understanding of the spatiotemporal origins of domestication, subsistence patterns, migration and gene-flow, past phenotypic variation and the history of selection and breed formation.


Martina Unterländer

Martina Unterlander

Martina Unterländer´s research is focused on human population history of Central Asia and the Aegean. She is analyzing ancient genomes to unravel past demographic processes and population movements. She is also responsible for administrative tasks and you can contact her with general inquiries about the Palaeogenetics Group.

Christian Sell

Christian Sell

Christian Sell focuses his research on bioinformatics with emphasis on DNA sequence analysis, alignment processing, and variant calls. His current research involves analysis of human DNA from Bronze Age individuals found in Tollense Valley, Europe’s oldest known battlefield. Additionally he is responsible for maintaining and developing our genome sequences analysis pipeline.

PhD candidates

Jens Blöcher: Genetic variation related to the adaptation of humans to an agriculturalist diet.

Farnaz Broushaki: Palaeo- and population genetic inference of the prehistory of Iran.

Angela Gräfen: Population Genetics of the Neolithic in the southern alps.

Stephanie Hänsch: Nach der Pest. Der Effekt von Selektion auf den Genpool in Folge von Epidemien als mögliche Ursache für die hohe Prävalenz erblicher Hämochromatose in Mitteleuropa.

Susanne Kreutzer: Populationsgenetik der meso-neolithischen Transition in Südosteuropa.

Melanie Strobel: Selektive Anreicherung nukleärer Loki aus aDNA Libraries mit anschließender NGS Sequenzierung zur populationsgenetischen Analyse von humanen eisenzeitlichen Skelettproben Zentralasiens.

Laura Winkelbach: BIOMUSE: Das genomische Erbe Griechenlands. Digitalisierte biologische Menschheitsgeschichte für Museen.