The general topics that the Genomics of Individuality lab is interested in revolve around the genomics of individuality: What is there in our genomes that makes us the way we are? What does it tell us about our ancestry? How does it affect our susceptibility to diseases? How can this be applied in practical settings (i.e., in forensic genetics)? In particular, its research focuses on populations on both sides of the western Mediterranean, looking at genetic structure, and contacts, and, in particular, populations that are geographically or socially isolated.

Lab website: Calafell Lab


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Publications Publications

Larmuseau, M.H.D.; Calafell, F.; Princen, S.A.; Decorte, R.; Soen, V. (2018) The black legend on the Spanish presence in the low countries: Verifying shared beliefs on genetic ancestry. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. (): doi: 10.1002/ajpa.23409

Font-Porterias, N.; Solé-Morata, N.; Serra-Vidal, G.; Bekada, A.; Fadhlaoui-Zid, K.; Zalloua, P.; Calafell, F.; Comas, D. (2018) The genetic landscape of Mediterranean North African populations through complete mtDNA sequences. Annals of Human Biology. 45(1):98-104 doi: 10.1080/03014460.2017.1413133

Flores-Bello A.; Mas-Ponte D.; Rosu M.E.; Bosch E.; Calafell F.; Comas D. 2018. Sequence diversity of the Rh blood group system in Basques. European Journal of Human Genetics. (): doi: 10.1038/s41431-018-0232-1

Villaescusa, P.; Illescas, M.J.; Valverde, L.; Baeta, M.; Nuñez, C.; Martínez-Jarreta, B.; Zarrabetia, M.T.; Calafell, F.; de Pancorbo, M.M. 2017. Characterization of the Iberian Y chromosome haplogroup R-DF27 in Northern Spain. Forensic science international. 27: 142-148

Solé-Morata, N.; García-Fernández, C.; Urasin, V.; Bekada, A.; Fadhlaoui-Zid, K.; Zalloua, P.; Comas, D. & Calafell, F. Whole Y-chromosome sequences reveal an extremely recent origin of the most common North African paternal lineage E-M183 (M81) Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 15941(2017) doi:10.1038/s41598-017-16271-y