The Molecular Anthropology Lab focuses on a multidisciplinary study of human biodiversity aimed at inferring the ancient and recent evolutionary history of human populations.

Bio-demographic, population genetics, genomics and epigenomics approaches are applied to identify the historical, demographic, environmental and/or socio-cultural factors that have shaped current patterns of human molecular variability.

For this purpose, the lab relies on the most up-to-date experimental methodologies for characterizing uniparental genetic systems, such as Y-chromosome and mitochondrial DNA, as well as autosomal genome/epigenome-wide profiles, microbial DNA and transposable element insertions.

The Molecular Anthropology Lab is hosted by the Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences (BiGeA) of the University of Bologna (Italy).