About me

I'm a postdoc in the Racimo group at the GLOBE Institute, University of Copenhagen. I'm working on methods to combine ancient DNA with data from archaeology, ecology and climate studies to understand the evolutionary histories of humans and other species across space and time.

Before my postdoc, I did my PhD in the Department of Evolutionary Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, where I still hold a position as a (remote) guest researcher. During my time there, I focused on various aspects of ancient human introgression. I studied the effects of natural selection and demography on the fate of Neanderthal DNA in modern humans but I also worked on gene flow in the opposite direction, i.e. from modern humans into archaic humans, particularly in the context of Y chromosome replacement dynamics.

In truly prehistoric times, I did undergraduate degrees in computer science and molecular biology at the Charles University in Prague.

I'm a big proponent of open science and I'm constantly on the lookout for better ways to perform reproducible research, sometimes writing new software when I see that there are important tools missing (see my R packages admixr and slendr). I'm also a huge data visualisation nerd, on the never-ending quest to find the Perfect Figure.

Publications

If you have problems accessing any of the following papers, please get in touch. I'm happy to share them in a PDF format.

  • Petr M., et al. (2020) The evolutionary history of Neandertal and Denisovan Y chromosomes. Science, 369, 1653–1656 [link]
  • Petr M., Vernot B., Kelso J. (2019) admixr—R package for reproducible analyses using ADMIXTOOLS. Bioinformatics, 35, 3194–3195 [link]
  • Petr M., Pääbo S., Kelso J.* and Vernot B.* (2019) Limits of long-term selection against Neandertal introgression. PNAS, 116, 1639–1644 [link]
  • Hajdinjak H., Fu Q., Hübner A., Petr M., et al. (2017) Reconstructing the genetic history of late Neanderthals. Nature, 555, 652–656 [link]
  • Fu Q., Posth C., Hajdinjak M., Petr M., et al. (2016) The genetic history of Ice Age Europe. Nature, 34, 200–205 [link]

My Google Scholar profile is here.

Contact

If you would like to chat, please drop me an email at contact@bodkan.net. You can also find me on Twitter. However, I'm not very active there and over the years I've learned to dislike the platform quite a bit. Still, once in a while I post updates about what I've been up to.

If you're interested in some of the software I've written, check out my profile on GitHub. This is also where I put code and Jupyter notebooks for all of my projects.