Stephan Schiffels

Population Genetics – Computational Methods - Human History


Portrait of Stephan Schiffels

Stephan Schiffels - PI

  • since 2020: W2 Research Group Leader at the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
  • since 2015: Group leader at the MPI for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany.
  • 2012-2015: Postdoctoral Fellow in the group of Richard Durbin at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK.EMBO-Longterm Fellow from 2012 through 2014.
  • 2008-2011: PhD in Theoretical Physics at the University of Cologne, funded by the Deutsche Studienstiftung (German National Merit Foundation).
Portrait of Dhananjaya Aththanayaka

Dhananjaya Aththanayaka - Student assistant

  • Since 2021: Student assistant working on data management.
  • Since 2020: Student at Deggendorf Institute of Technology (Healt Informatics)
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Selina Carlhoff - Postdoc

  • Since 2023: Postdoc (ERC MICROSCOPE)
  • 2018 - 2023: PhD Student at the MPI Jena/Leipzig under supervision of Prof. Dr. Johannes Krause, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Cosimo Posth, and Dr. Kathrin Nägele "Human Archaeogenomics of Southeast Asia"
  • 2014 - 2018 M.Sci. Marine Biology, University of Southampton, UK "A phylogenetic study of traits and character evolution in periwinkles (Gastropoda: Littorininae)"
Portrait of Lei Huang

Lei Huang - PhD student

  • since 2022: PhD student at the MPI-EVA.
  • 2019-2021: MSc in Bioinformatics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 2015-2019: BEng in Polymer Materials, Tsinghua University, China.
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Laura Lacher - PhD student

  • since 2020: PhD student at the MPI Jena
  • 2018: Master of Science in Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie, Eberhardt-Karls University, Tuebingen. Supervised by Johannes Krause, Verena Schünemann and Joachim Wahl
  • 2015: B.A. Archaeologie - Europa und vorderer Orient, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich
Portrait of Thiseas Lamnidis

Thiseas Lamnidis - Postdoc

  • since 2020: Postdoc at the MPI Leipzig
  • since 2015: PhD student at the MPI Jena.
  • 2013-2014: MSc in Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Durham, UK.
  • 2010-2013: BSc in Genetics, University of York, UK.
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Angela Mötsch - Postdoc

  • Since 2020: Postdoc (50%) ERC project MICROSCOPE
  • Since 2018: Sample management and project organization at the Max Planck – Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean (MHAAM)
  • 2015-2018: Postdoc in the BMBF-funded project “Meanings and Functions of Mediterranean Imports in Early Iron Age Central Europe“, Cultural Heritage Department of Baden-Württemberg (2015-2018)
  • 2005-2010: Excavations and PhD (University of Kiel, subject: Archaeology) on the subject of the site of Mont Lassois, Burgundy, France.
Portrait of Luka Papac

Luka Papac - Postdoc

  • Since 2023: Postdoc at the MPI Leipzig
  • 2021-2022: Postdoc at the Institute of Archaeology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague
  • 2016-2020: PhD student at the MPI Jena, co-supervised by Wolfgang Haak
  • 2014-2016: M.Phil in ancient DNA, University of Melbourne
  • 2009-2012: BSc(Hons) in Genetics, University of Melbourne
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Clemens Schmid - PhD student

  • Since 2019: PhD student at the MPI Jena.
  • 2015-2019: M.A. in Prehistoric and Historic Archaeology, University of Kiel
  • 2011-2014 B.A. in Prehistory and Medieval Archaeology, University of Tübingen

Tanja Schmidt - Technical Assistant

  • Since 2022: Laboratory Assistant (50% ERC MICROSCOPE)
  • 2017-2022 PhD student at the ZMBP, Eberhardt-Karls University Tuebingen, Plant Molecular Biology
  • 2013-2015 M.Sc. Biology at TU Dresden

Affiliated researchers

Portrait of Elina Salmela

Elina Salmela - Postdoc

  • Since 2016: Affiliated Postdoc at the MPI Jena
  • Since 2013: Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki
  • 2013: PhD at the University of Helsinki
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Suzanne Freilich - Affiliated Postdoc

  • Since 2022: Postdoc at MPI-EVA under supervision of Dr. Alissa Mittnik
  • 2019-2022: Visiting PhD student in our group.
  • PhD student at University of Vienna, Austria.


Portrait of Joscha Gretzinger

Joscha Gretzinger - PhD student

  • Since 2023: Postdoc at the MPI Leipzig
  • 2018-2023: PhD student at the MPI Jena and Leipzig.
  • 2016-2018: Master Student in Naturwissenschaftlicher Archaeologie, University of Tübingen, co-supervised byVerena Schünemann
  • 2013-2016 B.A. in Prehistory and Archaeology of the Middle Ages, University of Tübingen
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Ke Wang - Postdoc

  • Since 2022: Faculty member at Fudan University, Shanghai
  • 2020-2022: Postdoc at the MPI-EVA in Leipzig
  • 2016-2020: PhD student at the MPI Jena
  • 2015-2016: MSc in Genetics, University College London, UK
  • 2011-2015: BSc Biotechnology, Shandong University, China
Portrait of Ezgi Altınışık

Ezgi Altınışık - Erasmus student

  • September 2018 - February 2019: Visiting Erasmus student
  • Since 2015: PhD student with Pavel Flegontov from Ostrava University, Czech Republic.
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Martina Čížková - Erasmus student

  • January-June 2019: Visiting Erasmus student.
  • PhD student at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.
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Rita Radzeviciute - Technical assistant

  • 2021: continuing as lab supervisor at the MPI-EVA
  • 2020-2021: Technical Assistant for the ERC project MICROSCOPE
  • 2010-2012: MSc in Zoology, University of Vilnius, Lithuania.
  • 2006-2010: BSc in Biologie, University of Vilnius, Lithuania.
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Tina Saupe - Undergraduate student

  • since 2018: PhD student at the Estonian Biocentre, Institute of Genomics, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • 2016-2018: MSc in Anthropoloy, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
  • 2012-2016: BSc in Biotechnology/Bioinformatics; University of Applied Sciences, Mittweida, Germany. Bachelor's thesis supervised at MPI-SHH, Jena, Germany
  • 2014-2015: BSc in Applied Bioscience with Forensic Investigation, University of the West of Scotland, Hamilton Campus, United Kingdom
Portrait of Margherita Vanni

Margherita Vanni - Erasmus Student

  • March - September 2021: Erasmus student at the MPI Jena
  • 2018-2020: MSc Anthropological Sciences at University of Florence, Italy
  • 2016-2018: BSc Natural Sciences at University of Florence, Italy