Serena Tucci

Primary Field
Biological Anthropology;
Assistant Professor, Yale University, Department of Anthropology
Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas Human evolutionary genetics, evolutionary biology, computational biology, bioinformatics.

Serena Tucci is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Principal Investigator of the Human Evolutionary Genomics Laboratory at Yale University.

Her research addresses fundamental questions in human evolution and population history by using DNA from present-day and ancient humans. Tucci's interdisciplinary approach combines expertise from anthropology, population genetics, and computational biology, to reconstruct past demographic events, and disentangle the genetic basis of human adaptation.By integrating field work, laboratory work, and cutting-edge computational techniques her work shed new light on mechanisms of evolutionary change and the genetic legacy that extinct humans - such as Neandertals and the enigmatic Denisovans - left in the genomes of populations in Island Southeast Asia and Oceania. Prior to joining Yale, she conducted postdoctoral research at the Department of Genome Sciences at University of Washington and at Princeton University. Tucci received her Ph.D. in Evolutionary and Environmental Biology from the University of Ferrara in Italy, and her M.S. and B.S. from the University of Bologna.

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