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Alexander Moerseburg


Broadly speaking, I am a biologist who is interested in understanding the natural history of humanity.

My past work has been concerned with the reconstruction of the diet of prehistoric populations by stable isotope analysis and the integration of these findings into the archaeological context. More recently I have been interested the patterns of genetic variation in modern humans and the selective forces that have affected our species since its emergence in Africa approximately 200,000 years ago. In my master thesis I focused on pathogens as a selective factor and used a correlation analysis based approach to identify candidate loci involved in disease etiology.

For my PhD I will investigate the genetic structure and demographic history as well as the signals of positive selection in a variety of populations from all over the world. These analyses will be conducted on whole genome datasets. With their increasingly higher coverage they provide a much more comprehensive picture of the genetic diversity of Homo sapiens, especially with respect to genetic variants which are rare and/or specific to certain populations. This additional amount of information will allow us to address a wide scope of questions concerning the recent evolutionary past of our species more accurately.


Mörseburg, A., & Stefen, C. (2007). Die Pleistozänen Elefantenartigen im Museum für Mineralogie und Geologie Dresden. Wissenschaftliche Mitteilungen des Institutes für Geologie der TU Bergakademie Freiberg 36, Freiberg, 99-100

In Press: Alt, Kurt W., Meyer, C., Nicklisch, N., Becker, T., Mörseburg, A., Knipper, C. Jechtingen. Anthropologie eines mittelneolithischen Gräberfeldes. Fundberichte aus Baden-Württemberg






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