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.


Maxime Brami

Maxime Brami

Maxime Brami is a prehistoric archaeologist specializing in early farming expansions beyond the Near East, in Anatolia and Southeast Europe. He joined the Palaeogenetics group in 2018 with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellowship, with the expectation that he would take part in all the training from DNA extraction to more complex population genetics inference, and observe first hand how ancient DNA researchers work. With this background, he is looking at how archaeology and palaeogenetics can be more closely integrated through archaeology-informed demographic modelling and testing. Beside regularly attending excavations in Turkey and other countries, Maxime has published on early agricultural dispersals and frontiers, farmer-forager interaction and the history of the Neolithic concept. For further information see also:


Jens Blöcher


Jens Blöcher is a postdoctoral research associate in the palaeogenetics group. His research includes the study of human genetic variation in relation to environmental influences and demographic processes.

Yoan Diekmann

Photo on 05.05.20 Yoan

Yoan Diekmann is a postdoctoral research associate focussing on the computational analysis of ancient and modern genomes. He is part of the Yamnaya impact project, an international and interdisciplinary effort to understand the massive changes taking place in Europe some 5000 years ago. Before, he studied the Neolithic migrations into Britain as part of a Wellcome Trust funded project at the Natural History Museum and University College London. In addition to genome data analysis, Yoan’s interests include computational methods development, for example in the fields of medical genetics, Anthropology, and Zooarchaeology.


PhD candidates

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

Lisa Vetterdietz: Rekonstruktion prähistorischer demographischer Prozesse am Übergang von der Bronze- zur Eisenzeit im südlichen Transural auf der Basis zeitlich gestaffelter Palaeogenome.

Katterinne Mendez: A genome-wide view of human adaptation to novel selective environments using ancient genomes.

Christina Wurst: Illuminating the Evolutionary History of Atherosclerosis by Genetic Analysis of Human Mummies and Archaic Hominids.