Scientific articles (peer reviewed)

  1. 2024 Tensen L, Currat M, Davies-Mostert H, du Plessis C & Fischer K. Genetic surfing during the range expansion of an endangered large carnivore. Biodiversity and ConservationVolume 33, pages 361–378.

  2. 2023 Quilodran CS, Currat M*, Montoya-Burgos JI*. Benchmarking the Mantel test and derived methods for testing association between distance matrices. Molecular Ecology Resources. * equal contribution

  3. 2023 Di Santo LN, Quilodran CS, Currat M. Temporal variation in introgressed segments' length statistics computed from a limited number of ancient genomes sheds light on past admixture pulses. Molecular Biology and Evolution, msad252.

  4. 2023 Quilodran CS, Rio J, Tsoupas A, Currat M. Past human expansions shaped the spatial pattern of Neanderthal ancestry. Science Advances vol 9, issue 42. (cover)

  5. 2023 Nussberger B, Barbosa S, Beaumont M, Currat M, Devillard S, Heurich M, Howard-McCombe J, Mattucci F, Nowak C, Quilodran CS, Senn H, Alves PC and EUROWILDCAT Consortium A common statement on anthropogenic hybridization of the European wildcat (Felis silvestris). Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 11, 2023.

  6. 2022 Silva NM*, Kreutzer S*, Souleles A, Triantaphyllou S, Kotsakis K, Urem-Kotsou D, Halstead P, Efstratiou N, Kotsos S, Karamitrou‑Mentessidi G, Adaktylou F, Chondroyianni-Metoki A, Pappa M, Ziota C, Sampson A, Papathanasiou A, Vitelli K, Cullen T, Kyparissi‑Apostolika N, Lanz AZ, Peters J, Rio J, Wegmann D, Burger J*, Currat M*, Papageorgopoulou C*. Ancient mitochondrial diversity reveals population homogeneity in Neolithic Greece and identifies population dynamics along the Danubian expansion axis. Scientific Reports 12, 13474. *equal contribution.

  7. 2022 Di D, Thomas JS, Currat M, Nunes J, Sanchez-Mazas A. Challenging ancient DNA results about putative HLA protection or susceptibility to Yersina pestis. Molecular Biology and Evolution msac073.

  8. 2022 Broccard N, Silva NM, Currat M. Simulated patterns of mitochondrial diversity are consistent with partial population turnover in Bronze Age Central Europe. American Journal of Biological Anthropology volume 4, Article number: 1163.

  9. 2021 Rio J, Quilodran CS, Currat M. Spatially explicit paleogenomic simulations support cohabitation with limited admixture between Bronze Age Central European populations. Communications Biology volume 4, Article number: 1163.

  10. 2021 Quilodran CS, Currat M, Montoya-Burgos JI. Air temperature influences early Covid-19 outbreak as indicated by worldwide mortality. Science of the Total Environment, vol. 792, no. 148312.

  11. 2020 Quilodran CS, Tsoupas A, Currat M. The Spatial Signature of Introgression After a Biological Invasion With Hybridization. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, vol 8, no. 569620, p1-15.

  12. 2020 Quilodran CS, Nussberger B, Macdonald DW, Montoya-Burgos JI*, Currat M*. Projecting introgression from domestic cats into European wildcats in the Swiss Jura. Evolutionary Applications, 13:2101–2112. * equal contribution

  13. 2020 Quilodran CS, Montoya-Burgos JI* Currat M*. Harmonizing hybridization dissonance in conservation. Communications Biology, 3:391. * equal contribution

  14. 2020 Branco C, Ray N, Currat M, Arenas M. Influence of Paleolithic range contraction, admixture and long‐distance dispersal on genetic gradients of modern humans in Asia. Molecular Ecology, 29, 2150–2159.

  15. 2019 Currat M, Arenas M, Quilodrán CS, Excoffier L, Ray N. SPLATCHE3: simulation of serial genetic data under spatially explicit evolutionary scenarios including long-distance dispersal. Bioinformatics, 35(21), 4480–4483.

  16. 2019 Quilodran CS, Nussberger B, Montoya-Burgos JI, Currat M. Hybridization and introgression during density-dependent range expansion: European wildcats as a case study. Evolution73-4: 750–761.. (cover)

  17. 2018 Branco C, Velasco M, Benguigui M, Currat M, Ray N, Arenas M. Consequences of diverse evolutionary processes on american genetic gradients of modern humans. Heredity Dec;121(6):548-556.

  18. 2018 Silva NM, Rio J, Kreutzer S, Papageorgopoulou C, Currat M Bayesian estimation of partial population continuity using ancient DNA and spatially explicit simulations. Evolutionary Applications 2018 1-14.

  19. 2018 Quilodran C, Currat M *, Montoya Burgos JI *. Effect of hybridization with genome exclusion on extinction risk Conservation Biology 2018, vol. 0, n 0, pp 1-11.* equal contribution

  20. 2018 Nussberger B, Currat M, Quilodran CS, Ponta N, Keller LF Range expansion as an explanation for introgression in European wildcats. Biological Conservation 218 49-56.

  21. 2018 Quilodran C, Austerlitz F, Currat M, Montoya Burgos JI. Cryptic Biological Invasions: a General Model of Hybridization Scientific Reports vol. 8, n 1.

  22. 2017 Silva NM, Rio J, Currat M. Investigating population continuity with ancient DNA under a spatially explicit simulation framework. BMC Genetics vol. 18, no. 1, p. 114.

  23. 2017 Unterländer M, Palstra F, Lazaridis I, Pilipenko A, Hofmanová Z, Groß M, Sell C, Blöcher J, Kirsanow K, Rohland N, Rieger B, Kaiser E, Schier W, Pozdniakov D, Khokhlov A, Georges M, Wilde S, Powell A, Heyer E, Currat M, Reich D, Samashev Z, Parzinger H, Molodin V I, Burger J. Ancestry and demography and descendants of Iron Age nomads of the Eurasian Steppe. Nature Communication vol. 8, p. 14615.

  24. 2016 Broushaki F, Thomas MG, Link V, López S, van Dorp L, Kirsanow K, Hofmanová Z, Diekmann Y, Cassidy LM, Díez-del-Molino D, Kousathanas A, Sell C, Robson HK, Martiniano R, Blöcher J, Scheu A, Kreutzer S, Bollongino R, Bobo D, Davoudi H, Munoz O, Currat M, Abdi K, Biglari F, Craig OE, Bradley DG, Shennan S, Veeramah KR, Mashkour M, Wegmann D, Hellenthal G, Burger J. Early Neolithic genomes from the eastern Fertile Crescent. Science Vol. 353, Issue 6298, pp. 499-503.

  25. 2016 Hofmanová Z, Kreutzer S, Hellenthal G, Sell C, Diekmann Y, Díez-del-Molino D, Dorp L, López S, Kousathanas A, Link V, Kirsanow K, Cassidy LM, Martiniano R, Strobel M, Scheu A, Kotsakis K, Halstead P, Triantaphyllou S, Kyparissi-Apostolika N, Urem-Kotsou D, Ziota C, Adaktylou F, Gopalan S, Bobo DM, Winkelbach L, Blöcher J, Unterländer M, Leuenberger C, Cilingiroglu C, Horejs B, Gerritsen F, Shennan SJ, Bradley DG, Currat M, Veeramah KR, Wegmann D, Thomas MG, Papageorgopoulou C and Burger J. Early farmers from across Europe directly descended from Neolithic Aegeans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA published ahead of print June 6, 2016.

  26. 2016 Alves I, Arenas M, Currat M, Hanulova AS, Sousa VC, Ray N and Excoffier L. Long distance dispersal shaped patterns of human genetic diversity in Eurasia. Molecular Biology and Evolution vol. 33, no. 4, p. msv332.

  27. 2015 Currat M, Gerbault P, Di D, Nunes JM and Sanchez-Mazas A. Forward-in-Time, Spatially Explicit Modeling Software to Simulate Genetic Lineages Under Selection. Evolutionary Bioinformatics 2015:Suppl. 2 27-39.

  28. 2015 Jones E, Gonzalez-Fortes G, Connell S, Siska V, Eriksson A, Martiniano R, McLaughlin R, Gallego Llorente M, Cassidy L, Gamba C, Meshveliani T, Bar-Yosef O, Muller W, Belfer-Cohen A, Matskevich Z, Jakeli N, Higham T, Currat M, Lordkipanidze D, Hofreiter M, Manica A, and Pinhasi R & Bradley D. Upper Palaeolithic genomes reveal deep roots of modern Eurasians. Nature communication 6:8912.

  29. 2015 Di D, Sanchez-Mazas A, Currat M. Computer simulation of human leukocyte antigen genes supports two main routes of colonization by human populations in East Asia. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:240.

  30. 2015 Quilodran CS, Montoya-Burgos JI, Currat M. Modelling interspecific hybridization with genome exclusion to identify conservation actions: the case of native and invasive Pelophylax waterfrogs. Evolutionary Applications vol. 8, no. 2, p. 199-210. (cover)

  31. 2014 Quilodran CS, Currat M, Montoya-Burgos JI. A general model of distant hybridization reveals the conditions for extinction in Atlantic salmon and brown trout. PLoS One vol 9 (7) e101736.

  32. 2014 Wegmann D, Currat M. Recipient of the 2013 Molecular Ecology Prize: Laurent Excoffier. Molecular Ecology vol. 23(1), 16-9.

  33. 2013 Currat M, Silva NM. Investigating European genetic history through computer simulations. Human Heredity vol. 76, no. 3-4, 142-153.

  34. 2013 Riccio M E, Buhler S, Nunes J M, Vangenot C, Cuenod M, Currat M, Di D, Andreani M, Boldyreva M, Chambers G, Chernova M, Chiaroni J, Darke C, Di Cristofaro J, Dubois V, Dunn P, Edinur H A, Elamin0 N, Eliaou J-F, Grubic Z, Jaatinen T, Kanga U, Kervaire B, Kolesar L, Kunachiwa W, Lokki M L, Mehra N, Nicoloso G, Paakkanen R, Papaioannou Voniatis D, Papasteriades C, Poli F, Richard L, Romon Alonso I, Slavcev A, Sulcebe G, Suslova T, Testi M, Tiercy J-M, Varnavidou0 A, Vidan-Jeras B, Wennerstrom A, Sanchez-Mazas A. 16th IHIW: Analysis of HLA Population Data, with updated results for 1996 to 2012 workshop data (AHPD project report). International Journal of Immunogenetics vol. 40, no. 1, p. 21-30.

  35. 2013 Arenas M, Francois O, Currat M, Ray N, Excoffier L. Influence of Admixture and Paleolithic Range Contractions on Current European Diversity Gradients. Molecular Biology and Evolution vol. 30, no. 1, p. 57-61.

  36. 2012 Silva NM, Pereira L, Poloni ES and Currat M. Human neutral genetic variation and forensic STR data. PLoS One 7 (11).

  37. 2012 Pinhasi R, Thomas M G, Hofreiter M, Currat M and Burger J. The genetic history of Europeans. Trends in genetics 28 (10), 496-505.

  38. 2012 Caetano S*, Currat M*, Pennington RT, Prado D, Excoffier L, Naciri Y. Recent colonization of the Galapagos by the tree Geoffroea spinosa Jacq. (Leguminosae). Molecular Ecology 21, 2743-2760. *equal contribution

  39. 2012 Sanchez-Mazas A, Lemaitre, J-F, Currat M. Distinct evolutionary strategies of human leucocyte antigen loci in pathogen-rich environments. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 367, 830-839.

  40. 2012 Arenas M, Ray N, Currat M, Excoffier L. Consequences of Range Contractions and Range Shifts on Molecular Diversity. Molecular Biology and Evolution 29(1): 207-218.

  41. 2011 Currat M, Excoffier L. Strong reproductive isolation between humans and Neanderthals inferred from observed patterns of introgression. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 13;108(37):15129-34..

  42. 2011 Gerbault P, Liebert A, Yuval I, Powell A, Currat M, Burger J, Swallow D M, Thomas M G. Evolution of lactase persistence: an example of human niche construction. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences Vol 366(1566): 863-877.

  43. 2010 Ray N*,Currat M*, Foll M, Excoffier L. SPLATCHE2: a spatially-explicit simulation framework for complex demography, genetic admixture and recombination. Bioinformatics Vol 26(3): 2993-2994 *equal contribution

  44. 2010 Currat M, Poloni ES, Sanchez-Mazas A. Human genetic differentiation across the Strait of Gibraltar. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10:237.

  45. 2010 Estoup A, Baird SJE, Ray N, Currat M, Cornuet J-M, Santos F, Beaumont MA, Excoffier L. Combining genetic, historical and geographical data to reconstruct the dynamics of bioinvasions: application to the cane toad Bufo marinus. Molecular Ecology Resources 10(5), 886-901.

  46. 2010 Schneider N, Chikhi L, Currat M, Radespiel U. Signals of recent spatial expansions in the grey mouse lemur (Microcebus murinus). BMC Evolutionary Biology 10:105.

  47. 2010 Francois O, Currat M, Ray N, Han E, Excoffier L and Novembre J.. Principal Component Analysis under Population Genetic Models of Range Expansion and Admixture. Molecular Biology and Evolution 27(6):1257-1268.

  48. 2010 Nunes JM, Riccio ME, Buhler S, Di D, Currat M, Ries F, Almada AJ, Benhamamouch S, Benitez O, Canossi A, Fadhlaoui-Zid K, Fischer G, Kervaire B, Loiseau P, de Oliveira DCM, Papasteriades C, Piancatelli D, Rahal M, Richard L, Romero M, Rousseau J, Spiroski M, Sulcebe G, Middleton D, Tiercy J-M, Sanchez-Mazas A Analysis of the HLA population data (AHPD) submitted to the 15th International Histocompatibility/Immunogenetics Workshop by using the Gene[rate] computer tools accommodating ambiguous data (ahpd project report). Tissue Antigens Published Online: 22 Mar 2010.

  49. 2009 Gerbault P, Moret C, Currat M, Sanchez-Mazas A. Impact of Selection and Demography on the Diffusion of Lactase Persistence. PLoS One 4(7):e6369.

  50. 2009 Alshamali F, Pereira L, Budowle B, Poloni E, Currat M. Local Population Structure in Arabian Peninsula Revealed by Y-STR diversity. Human Heredity 68:45-54.

  51. 2008 Currat M, Ruedi M, Petit RJ & Excoffier L. The hidden side of invasions: massive introgression by local genes. Evolution 62(8) 1908-1920.

  52. 2008 Neuenschwander S, Largiader CR, Ray N, Currat M, Vonlanthen P & Excoffier L. Colonization history of the Swiss Rhine basin by the bullhead (Cottus gobio): Inference under a Bayesian spatially explicit framework. Molecular Ecology 17(3) 757-772.

  53. 2006 Wegmann D, Currat M & Excoffier L. Molecular Diversity After A Range Expansion In Heterogeneous Environments. Genetics, 174: 2009-2020.

  54. 2006 Currat M, Excoffier L, Maddison W, Otto S P, Ray N, Whitlock M C, Yeaman S. Comment on "Ongoing Adaptive Evolution of ASPM, a Brain Size Determinant in Homo sapiens" and "Microcephalin, a Gene Regulating Brain Size, Continues to Evolve Adaptively in Humans". Science, 14 July 2006, 313(5784): 172.

  55. 2006 Klopfstein S, Currat M, Excoffier L. The fate of mutations surfing on the wave of a range expansion. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 23(3): 482-490.

  56. 2005 Ray N, Currat M, Berthier P, Excoffier L. Recovering the geographic origin of early modern humans by realistic and spatially explicit simulations. Genome Research, 15: 1161-1167.

  57. 2005 Hamilton G, Currat M, Ray N, Heckel G, Beaumont M, Excoffier L. Bayesian estimation of recent migration rates after a spatial expansion. Genetics, 170: 409-417.

  58. 2005 Currat M and Excoffier L. The effect of the Neolithic expansion on European molecular diversity. Proceedings of the Royal Society London B. 272, 679-688.

  59. 2004 Currat M and Excoffier L. Modern Humans did not admix with Neanderthals during their range expansion. PLoS Biology, Vol. 2, No. 12, e41. synopsis

  60. 2004 Currat M, Ray N, Excoffier L. SPLATCHE: A program to simulate genetic diversity taking into account environmental heterogeneity. Molecular Ecology Notes, Volume 4, Issue 1, Page 139-142.

  61. 2003 Ray N, Currat M, Excoffier L. Intra-deme molecular diversity in spatially expanding populations. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 20(1):76-86.

  62. 2002 Currat M, Trabuchet G, Rees D, Perrin P, Harding RM, Clegg JB, Langaney A and Excoffier L. Molecular analysis of the Beta-Globin gene cluster in the Niokholo Mandenka population reveals a recent origin of the HbS Senegal mutation. American Journal of Human Genetics, 70:207-223.

Computer programs

  1. 2019 Currat M, Arenas M, Quilodran CS, Excoffier L, Ray N. SPLATCHE 3: Simulation of serial genetic data under spatially explicit evolutionary scenarios.

  2. 2015 Currat M SELECTOR: Forward-in-Time, Spatially Explicit Modeling Software to Simulate Genetic Lineages Under Selection.

  3. 2010 Ray N, Currat M, Foll M & Excoffier L. SPLATCHE 2: SPatiaL And Temporal Coalescent in a Heterogeneous Environment, Version 2.

  4. 2004 Currat M, Ray N & Excoffier L. SPLATCHE: A program to simulate genetic diversity taking into account environmental heterogeneity.

Book chapters (peer reviewed)

  1. 2021 Currat M, Quilodran CS & Excoffier L. Simulations of Human Dispersal and Genetic Diversity, in "Evolution of the Human Genome II. ", Tokyo: Springer. 2021, p. 231-256.

  2. 2014 Excoffier L, Quilodran CS & Currat M. Models of hybridization during range expansions and their application to recent human evolution, in "Cultural Developments in the Eurasian Paleolithic and the Origin of Anatomically Modern Humans", eds. Derevianko AP & Shunkov. Dept. of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography SB RAS. Pp. 122-137.

  3. 2014 Arenas M, Mona S, Trochet A, Hanulova AS, Currat M, Ray N, Chikhi L, Rasteiro R, Schmeller DS, Excoffier L . The scaling of genetic diversity in a changing and fragmented world, in "Scaling in Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation", eds. Henle K, Potts SG, Kunin WE, Matsinos YG, Simila J, Pantis JD, Grobelnik V, Penev L, Settele J. Pensoft Publishers, Sofia, 55-60.

  4. 2012 Currat M. Consequences of population expansions on European genetic diversity, in "Population Dynamics in Prehistory and Early History: New Approaches Using Stable Isotopes and Genetics", eds. J. Burger, E. Kaiser & W. Schier. (Topoi / Berlin Studies of the Ancient World 5.) Berlin: Walter de Gruyter & Co, 3-15.

  5. 2011 Excoffier L, Currat M. Models of hybridization during range expansions and their application to recent human evolution. in Characteristic features of the Middle to Upper Paleolithic Transition in Eurasia, eds A.P. Derevianko, M.V. Shunkov, Russian Academy of Sciences, 90-99.

  6. 2008 Excoffier L, Ray N & Currat M. Where was paradise? A simulation study of the spread of Early Modern Humans in heterogeneous environments, in "Simulations, Genetics and Human Prehistory", eds. S. Matsumura, P. Forster & C. Renfrew. (McDonald Institute Monographs.) Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, 9-18.

  7. 2008 Currat M, Excoffier L & Ray N. Genetic simulations of population interactions during past human expansions in Europe, in "Simulations, Genetics and Human Prehistory", eds. S. Matsumura, P. Forster & C. Renfrew. (McDonald Institute Monographs.) Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, 37-47.

  8. 2008 Ray N, Currat M & Excoffier L. Incorporating environmental heterogeneity in spatially-explicit simulations of human genetic diversity, in "Simulations, Genetics and Human Prehistory", eds. S. Matsumura, P. Forster & C. Renfrew. (McDonald Institute Monographs.) Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, 103-17.

Scientific dissemination

  1. 2019 Sanchez-Mazas A, Mayor A, Poloni ES, Douze K, Huysecom E, Currat M, Dlamini-Stoll N, Langaney A, Hubert Van Blyenburgh N. Afrique 300'000 ans de diversité humaine. Catalogue de l'exposition, Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle et Université de Genève.

  2. 2016 Simulating genetic patterns in European human evolution. Scientia.


  1. 2014 Di D, Sanchez-Mazas A, Currat M. Computer simulation of HLA genes supports two main routes of colonization by human populations in east Asia. Tissue Antigens 84(1), 128-128.

  2. 2012 Di D, Currat M, Sanchez-Mazas A. Demographic simulations explain clinal patterns in the distribution of some HLA lineages and alleles in East Asia. Tissue Antigens 79(6), 562-562.

  3. 2008 Currat M, Sanchez-Mazas A. How selection at HLA-DRB1 affects population differentiation: a case study at the strait of Gibraltar. Tissue Antigens" 72(3), 227-313.

  4. 2008 Cherry L, Perrin P, Currat M, Calo C, Talmaci R, Dan L, Coriu D, Gavrila L. RFLP linked markers used to infer the origin of beta-thalassemia mutations in Romanian population. Haematologica-The Hematology Journal" 93, 341.


  1. 2004 Currat M. Effets des expansions des populations humaines en Europe sur leur diversité génétique. PhD thesis, LGB, Dept Anthropology and Ecology, University of Geneva, Switzerland.

  2. 1999 Currat M. Etude de la variabilité allozymique des Valaisans et des Walsers Master Diploma in Biology, LGB, Dept Anthropology and Ecology, University of Geneva, Switzerland.


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