About me

I’m a PhD candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. The focus of my PhD thesis is on leveraging ancient and present-day human DNA data to improve models of demographic history of anatomically modern humans, Neanderthals and Denisovans.

Although most of my daily work involves digging through messy ancient DNA sequences, I enjoy working with all kinds of data. In fact, the primary motivation for moving from computer science to research was a dream of doing data-detective work while making cool plots.

When I’m not doing science, I’m either playing board games, bouldering, reading books, or listening to really heavy music.

Research interests

My general scientific interests involve using ancient and present-day DNA data, population genetics theory and computer simulations to understand the evolutionary histories of humans and other species, in particular the dynamics of population migration, admixture and extinction.

Specifically, I have been working on:

I'm also a big proponent of open science and reproducibility. 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.


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

Petr M., Vernot B., Kelso J. (2019) admixr—R package for reproducible analyses using ADMIXTOOLS. Bioinformatics, btz030. (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)


If you'd like to chat, please drop me an email at contact@bodkan.net. You can also find me on Twitter.

If you're interested in the software I've written, check out my profile on GitHub.