The Centre for Genetic Anthropology

Departments of Anthropology and of Biology,
University College London

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TCGA was established in September 1996 to pursue research on the evolution and migrations of human populations in north Africa, east Africa, the Near East, Asia and Europe. Research is undertaken on modern populations and, by the analysis of ancient DNA, their precursors. The Centre uses some of the latest advances in molecular genetics to study questions in human history and pre-history that cannot be addressed by other means.

Present Members

Dr Neil Bradman (Honorary Lecturer/ Chairman)

Dr Rosemary Ekong (Senior Research Fellow/ Research Manager)

Mr Chris Plaster (Lab technician / PhD student)

Dr Ayele Tarekegn (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

Ms Sarah Browning (PhD student)

Mr Naser Ansari Pour (PhD student)

Ms Larissa Kogleck (PhD student)

Ms Olivia Creemer (PhD Student)

Ms Ripudaman Bains (PhD student)

Professor Levon Yepiskoposyan (Academic Visitor)

Prof. Vivian Moses (Emeritus Director)


Former Members

Dr Mike Weale (King's College London)

Dr Mark Thomas (Senior Lecturer)

Dr Krishna Veeramah (UCLA)

Research themes

The human genome contains an enormous amount of information on the movements and relationships of past populations and on the biological adaptations of those populations to a changing environment. Non-recombining genetic systems, principally the mitochondrial genome and the Y-chromosome, contain detailed information on female and male specific genealogies respectively. Using modern molecular techniques this information can be accessed with increasing speed and in recent years it has been used to address a range of historical and demographic questions. Currently, the relationships between and among populations from Africa, Europe, Asia and The Middle East, with a particular focus on Jewish and Judaic groups, are being investigated using both ancient and modern DNA as source material. Research is also being carried out into the relationship between historical and pre-historical food production and variation in genes coding for both detoxification and nutrient utilisation enzymes in human populations.



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The Centre for Genetic Anthropology

Research Department of Genetics, Evolution & Environment

Wolfson House

University College London

4 Stephenson Way

London, NW1 2HE