Aida Andres

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Aida Andres

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Aida Andres

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Genetics, Evolution and Environment

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Associate Professor


I did my PhD in beautiful Barcelona on primate comparative genetics. After two postdoc positions (at Cornell University and the National Institutes of Health) working on human population genomics, I moved to Germany to launch a research group on evolutionary population genomics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. There we studied genetic adaptations in non-human primates using the genomes of captive individuals, and the evolution of humans using ancient and modern DNA. In 2017 my group moved to UCL, where we study the evolution of human and non-human primates, as well as other species, using genomes.

Projects in the lab investigate population structure in bonobos, the influence of mating behaviour on the efficacy of natural selection (also in bonobos), adaptation to the environment in chimpanzees and other great apes, local adaptation to habitat type in chimpanzees and humans, adaptation to cold ambient temperature in humans, the effects of balancing selection on natural populations of primates and flies, the impact of balancing selection on facial morphology, and mechanisms of adaptation to zoonotic pathogens using adaptation to SIV in chimpanzees and other primates.

Research Interests:

Chimpanzees, bonobos, great apes, wild primates, humans, population genetics, genomes, genomics, genetic adaptation, local adaptation, positive selection, balancing selection, behaviour, zoonotic pathogens, SIV.

Exemplar Projects

Aida Andres currently has the following exemplar projects advertised:

Phd Students

Aida Andres supervises the following DTP students:

Harrison Ostridge
Evolution and Adaptation

2019 (Cohort 6)

Finley Grover-Thomas
Evolution and Adaptation

2022 (Cohort 9)

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