UCL Division of Biosciences

Dr Leo Speidel

Dr Leo Speidel

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow

Genetics, Evolution & Environment

Div of Biosciences

Joined UCL
12th Oct 2020

Research summary

Our genomes contain rich information about our shared genetic past, such as past migrations, introgression with Neanderthals and other extinct hominids, and adaptation to environmental or lifestyle changes throughout human history.

I develop statistical methods for reconstructing this history, scalable to the largest genomic datasets, which now comprise more than 100,000 individuals and record genetic diversity on an unprecedented scale. I am interested in uncovering how different evolutionary forces have shaped today’s observed genetic variation, from which we can learn about our shared evolutionary history and the impact of genetic variation on our health.