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The Leipzig School of Human Origins

c/o Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: ++49 (0) 341 3550 122
fax: ++49 (0) 341 3550 119
e-mail: leipzig-school@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

PhD program

The International Max Planck Research School "Leipzig School of Human Origins" (IMPRS LSHO) is a joint PhD program of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI EVA) and Leipzig University (LU). PhD students have a primary affiliation with one of the research groups of the MPI EVA or one of the participating research groups of LU. The language of the PhD program is English.

The IMPRS LSHO provides interdisciplinary training and research opportunities for university graduates who wish to work towards a PhD in anthropology, archaeology, biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, computational biology, evolutionary genetics, paleoanthropology, primatology, psychology and related fields.

  1. Comparative and Molecular Primatology - is focusing on the evolution of social and cultural systems in the great apes, as well as other relevant mammals.
    MPI EVA:
    Professor Christophe Boesch, Dr. Tobias Deschner, Dr. Gottfried Hohmann, Dr. Hjalmar Kühl, Dr. Martha Robbins, Dr. Linda Vigilant, Dr. Roman Wittig
    Professor Rudolf Rübsamen, Professor Anja Widdig
  2. Evolutionary and Functional Genomics, Ancient DNA, Molecular Anthropology and Genome Bioinformatics

    1. Evolutionary genomics / Ancient DNA – is focusing on the evolutionary and functional genomics of humans and the great apes, as well as the retrieval of DNA from paleontological remains.
      MPI EVA: Professor Svante Pääbo, Dr. Aida Andrés, Dr. Sergi Castellano, Dr. Matthias Meyer, Dr. Kay Prüfer, Dr. Barbara Treutlein
      LU: Professor Martin Schlegel, Professor Torsten Schöneberg
    2. Molecular Anthropology – is focusing on the origin, relationships, history, and migration patterns of human populations.
      MPI EVA: Professor Mark Stoneking
    3. Genome Bioinformatics – is focusing on computational approaches to the management and analysis of gene expression data.
      MPI EVA: Dr. Janet Kelso
      LU: Professor Peter Stadler

  3. Human Paleontology, Prehistoric Archaeology and Archaeological Science - is focusing on the study of hominid fossils and archaeological sites. This includes comparative morphological as well as chemical (isotopic) analyses.
    MPI EVA:
    Professor Jean-Jacques Hublin, Professor Michael Richards, Professor Fred Spoor, Dr. Kathryn Fitzsimmons, Dr. Philipp Gunz, Dr. Shannon McPherron
    UL: Professor Ulrich Veit

The IMPRS LSHO is one of eight graduate programs that are embedded in the Graduate Center (GC) “Life Sciences” of the Research Academy Leipzig (RA). The RA provides additional networking and coursework opportunities as well as a selection of transferable skills seminars.