Lluis Quintana-Murci


Population genetics and genomics of immunity to infection


Short Bio. Dr Quintana-Murci earned his Ph.D. in Population Genetics at the University of Pavia (Italy), and his MSc in Biology at the University of Barcelona (Spain). After short training periods in the Universities of Arizona (Tucson) and Oxford (UK), he completed two years of postdoctoral training in human genetics at Institut Pasteur (Paris). He is presently a Director of Research of CNRS and Professor at the Institut Pasteur. He heads the Unit of Human Evolutionary Genetics at the Institut Pasteur since 2007, and has been Scientific Director of the Institut during 2016-2017. He is a population geneticist whose research focuses on demographic and adaptive inference in humans. In particular, he is interested in how pathogens have exerted selective pressures on the human genome. His research is also focused on the study of the genetic and non-genetic factors driving variation in human immune responses, as this helps to lay the foundations of precision medicine related to infectious and immune-related disorders. His laboratory combines molecular and population genetics approaches, with computational modelling and development of new statistical frameworks. He has co-authored over 180 publications on fundamental population genetics as well as evolutionary genetics of infection, and published 7 book chapters.