What would you do if you could travel back in time? In the field of human population genomics, that is the question we are now asking ourselves, since ancient DNA technology has made it possible to trace evolution—genetic change through time—directly. This starting to bring about a new era of genomics that promises to revolutionise our view of many species, and as we are usually prone to, we have started with ourselves.

Our laboratory at the Francis Crick Institute is committed to applying and developing ancient genomics to understand evolution and the human past. We want to understand the genomic past to benefit the genomic future.


2021/07 - Congratulations to Leo Speidel for the publication in Molecular Biology and Evolution of the University of Oxford-led project on inferring genealogies in ancient genomes.

2021/07 - Mia Williams joins the lab as a Laboratory Research Scientist. Welcome Mia!

2021/07 - Congratulations to Anders Bergström and all co-authors on the publication in Current Biology of the University of Vienna-led project on genomes from 25,000 year-old sediments.

2021/06 - Our lab attended the ancient DNA community meeting ISBA2021. Congratulations to Anders Bergström for winning the ISBA Future Fellow award.

2021/04 - Congratulations to Mateja Hajdinjak for the publication in Nature of the Max Planck-led project on DNA from the enigmatic first modern humans in Europe, 45,000 years ago, and their Neanderthal ancestors. Coverage in Nature, Science, The Guardian, and elsewhere.

2021/03 - We contributed as academic advisors together with Harvard Medical School and University of Adelaide to an openly accessible SNP capture reagent produced by Daicel Arbor Biosciences.

2021/02 - Our review of what is known about the deep origins of modern human ancestry is out in Nature [free read link].

2020/12 - Monica Kyriacou joins the lab as a Senior Laboratory Research Scientist. Welcome Monica!

2020/10 - Our paper by Anders Bergström et al. on the origins of dogs is out in Science. Coverage in New York Times, BBC, The Guardian, Nature, Science, and elsewhere.

2020/10 - Leo Speidel joins the lab as a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow, jointly with University College London and the Hellenthal lab. Welcome Leo!

2020/10 - Marina Silva joins the lab as a postdoctoral researcher. Welcome Marina!

2020/09 - Alexandre Gilardet joins the lab as a Bioinformatics data manager. Welcome Alexandre!

2020/07 - Pontus is named as one of six international Vallee Scholars in biomedicine by the Vallee Foundation, supporting the lab's research into human evolution and infectious disease.

2020/03 - Congratulations to Anders Bergström for the publication of the Sanger Institute-led project on 929 high-quality worldwide human genomes in Science.

2020/01 - David Stanton joins the lab on a Marie Sklodowska-Curie postdoc secondment from his base at the Swedish Museum of Natural History. Welcome Dave!

2019/12 - Maria Greco joins the lab as a visiting Principal Laboratory Scientist working on automation. Welcome Maria!

2019/10 - Mateja Hajdinjak joins the lab as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellow. Welcome Mateja!

2019/10 - Kyriaki Anastasiadou joins the lab as a Laboratory Research Scientist. Welcome Kyriaki!

2019/10 - The lab is awarded a Wellcome Trust Investigator Grant that will support a £1.7M project to study history and evolution in 1,000 ancient British genomes.

2019/09 - The lab is awarded a European Research Council Starting Grant that will support a €1.5M project studying convergent adaptation during agricultural transitions using ancient genomes.

2019/04 - Tom Booth joins the lab as a Senior Research Scientist. Welcome to Tom!

2019/01 - Frido Welker joins the lab as a visiting researcher. Welcome!

2018/12 - Isabelle Glocke joins the lab as a Senior Laboratory Research Scientist. Isabelle was previously at the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology. Welcome!

2018/09 - New review paper with Iain Mathieson on the first decade of ancient genomics of modern humans out in Annual Reviews of Genomics and Human Genetics.

2018/09 - Tom Davy joins the lab as a PhD-student. Tom was previously at Imperial College. Welcome!

2018/05 - Pooja Swali joins the lab as a PhD-student. Pooja was previously at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Welcome!

2018/04 - Anders Bergström joins the lab as a postdoc. Anders was previously at the Sanger Institute. Welcome!

2018/02 - Perspective on the peopling of Scandinavia published in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

2017/12 - The lab officially opens at the Francis Crick Institute.