Stephan Schiffels

Population Genetics – Computational Methods - Human History


Stephan Schiffels PI

  • 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).

Joscha Gretzinger PhD student

  • Since 2018: PhD student at the MPI Jena.
  • 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

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

Thiseas Lamnidis Staff Scientist

  • since 2020: Staff Scientist at the MPI Jena
  • 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.

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.

Luka Papac PhD Student

  • since 2016: 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

Rita Radzeviciute Technical assistant

  • since 2020: 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.

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

Ke Wang PhD student

  • since 2016: PhD student at the MPI Jena
  • 2015-2016: MSc in Genetics, University College London, UK
  • 2011-2015: BSc Biotechnology, Shandong University, China

Affiliated researchers

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


Suzanne Freilich Erasmus student

  • March-August 2019: Visiting Erasmus student.
  • PhD student at University of Vienna, Austria.

Ezgi Altınışık Erasmus student

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

Martina Čížková Erasmus student

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