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Mathias Currat

Senior Lecturer

My main research themes deal with the evolution of genetic diversity in populations. I specialize in the development of computational methods to study the combined effects of various evolutionary forces on molecular diversity, such as the occurrence of new mutations, natural selection, demographic variation and migration.

Dépt. de Génétique & Evolution
Laboratoire AGP
Quai Ernest-Ansermet 30
1205 Genève / Suisse
+41 22 379 69 79




  • 2023 Mehmet Sehir (Master 1)
  • 2022 Paola Cerrito (Visiting PhD, University of New York)
  • 2021 Catarina Branco (Visiting PhD, University of Vigo)
  • 2021 Nicolas Baez (Master 1)
  • 2021 Loris Sonno (Master 2)
  • 2015 - 2021 Jeremy Rio (Assistant PhD & Postdoc)
  • 2018 - 2020 Etienne Zuccone (Master 2)
  • 2018 - 2020 Cyril Schor (Bi-disciplinary Master (Math & Bio)
  • 2018 - 2019 Claudio Quilodran (Postdoc)
  • 2012 - 2017 Nuno Silva (Assistant PhD)
  • 2011 - 2016 Claudio Quilodran (Assistant PhD)
  • 2014 - 2016 Nicolas Broccard (Master 2)
  • 2015 - Rui Martiniano (Visiting PhD, Trinity College Dublin)
  • 2015 - Anna Rudzinski (Visiting PhD, University College London)
  • 2014 - Zuzana Hofmanova (Visiting PhD, University of Mainz)
  • 2011 - Mona Schreiber (Visiting master, University of Mainz).
  • 2008 - Pascale Gerbault (Visiting scientist).

Financed projects

2019-2023: Paleogenomic investigation of the Evolution of European populations using computational simulations. SWISS NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (FNRS)

2015-2018: Reconstructing Europeans' genetic evolution through computer simulations and heterochronous molecular data. SWISS NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (FNRS)

2012-2016: Assessing the transition to agriculture in Western Anatolia and the Balkans using a spatially-explicit computer simulation approach. EUROPEAN RESEARCH COUNCIL (ERC) - Grant Marie Curie Actions ITN, Call FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN

2011-2016: Biodiversity loss by interspecific hybridization and invasive species. CENTER FOR ADVANCED MODELING SCIENCES (CADMOS)

Computer programs

2019 Currat M, Arenas M, Quilodran CS, Excoffier L, Ray N. SPLATCHE 3 Simulation of serial genetic data under spatially explicit evolutionary scenarios.

2015 Currat M, Gerbault P, Di D, Nunes JM and Sanchez-Mazas A. SELECTOR - Forward-in-Time, Spatially Explicit Modeling Software to Simulate Genetic Lineages Under Selection.

2010 Ray N, Currat M, Foll M & Excoffier L. SPLATCHE 2 - SPatiaL And Temporal Coalescent in a Heterogeneous Environment.

2004 Currat M, Ray N & Excoffier L. SPLATCHE - A program to simulate genetic diversity taking into account environmental heterogeneity.

R scripts

2014-2015 Quilodran C, Montoya-Burgos J, Currat M. Admixture models for conservation genetics.

Interviews (Non exhaustive list)



Media coverage (Non exhaustive list)

Past human expansions shaped the spatial pattern of Neanderthal ancestry
Hybridization between wildcats and domestic cats in the Swiss Jura
Early farmers from across Europe directly descended from Neolithic Aegeans
Long distance dispersal during human expansion
Early Neolithic genomes from the eastern Fertile Crescent
European paleogenomics
Hybridization General Model
BEAN Project
The genetic history of Europeans
Human Neanderthal interactions
Lactase persistence in Europe
Various themes
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