What makes us human?

We address this question with a broad range of biological and computational tools within an evolutionary and anthropological context. Based on this framework, we currently focus on five interrelated research areas that we listed below (with links to most recent publications on the topic):

Why do we share functional ancient alleles with Neanderthals?

Evolutionary genetics models and population genetics of structural variants

What is the impact of the common, exonic deletion in growth hormone receptor (GHR) on human evolution and health?

How have the changes in the human diet and pathogens shaped the evolution of saliva?

Why does human skin differ from that of other primates, and how do these differences explain skin disease?