Group members

Stephan Schiffels (PI)

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  • 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).

Thiseas Lamnidis (PhD student)

  • 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.

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

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

Joscha Gretzinger (PhD Student)

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

Suzanne Freilich (Erasmus student)

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

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


Ezgi Altınışık (Erasmus student)

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

Martina Čížková (Erasmus student)

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