My research focuses on the study of human population prehistory through our genetic variability, and on the relationships between genetic fingerprints and demographic events such as human migration, diffusion and contact. I am particularly interested in exploring parallels between genetic and other anthropological disciplines, especially linguistics. I studied the genetic prehistory of various regions of the world: sub-Saharan Africa, southern Europe, Australia and South America. I carried fieldwork expeditions in Botswana, Peru and Italy. I am specialized in the study of Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA variation, and in the field of genetic genealogy. I am interested in how genetic studies influence our perception of group and single identity, and in the implications for our society.
I currently work at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, in the department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution.