Günther Lab @ Uppsala University

population genomics | ancient DNA | domestication | prehistory


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*=equal contributions


  • Mattila, T; Svensson, E; Juras, A; Günther, T; […21 authors…]; Malmström, H; Jakobsson, M. “Genetic continuity, isolation, and gene flow in Stone Age Central and Eastern Europe” Preprint
  • Morez, A; Britton, K; Noble, G; Günther, T; Götherström, A; Rodríguez-Varela, R; Kashuba, N; Martiniano, R; Talamo, S; Evans, NJ; Irish, JD; Donald, C; Girdland-Flink, L. “Imputed genomes and haplotype-based analyses of the Picts of early medieval Scotland reveal fine-scale relatedness between Iron Age, early medieval and the modern people of the UK” Preprint


  • Peyroteo-Stjerna*, R; Simões*, L; Fernandes, R; Lopes, F; Günther, T; Jakobsson, M (2022). “Multidisciplinary investigation reveals an individual of West African origin buried in a Portuguese Mesolithic shell midden four centuries ago” Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports Journal Link
  • Srigyan, M; Bolívar, H; Ureña, I; Sanatana, J; Petersen, A; Iriarte, E; Kırdök, E; Bergfeldt, N; Mora, A;  Jakobsson, M; Abdo, K; Braemer, F; Smith, C; Ibañez, JJ; Götherström, A; Günther*, T; Valdiosera*, C (2022). ‘Bioarchaeological evidence of one of the earliest Islamic burials in the Levant’, Communications Biology Journal Link Preprint Behind the Paper
  • Rodrigues Soares, AE; Boroffka, N; Schröder, O; Sverchkov, L; Benecke, N; Günther, T (2022). “Ancient DNA from a 2,700-year-old goitered gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa) supports gazelle hunting in Iron Age Central Asia”, Royal Society Open Sciences Journal Link Preprint


  • Yurtman, E; Özer, O; Yüncü, E; […17 authors…]; Günther, T; Morell Miranda, P; […17 authors…]; Götherström, A; Somel, M; Togan, I; Özer, F (2021). “Archaeogenetic analysis of Neolithic sheep from Anatolia suggests a complex demographic history since domestication” Communications Biology Journal Link
  • Leigh, DM; Lischer, HEL; GuillaumeGrossen, C; Günther, T (2021). ”Disentangling adaptation from drift in bottlenecked and reintroduced populations of Alpine ibex”, Molecular Ecology Resources Journal Link Preprint
  • Svensson, EM*; Günther, T*; Hoischen, A*; Hervelle, M; Munters, AR; Ioana, M; Ridiche, F; Edlund, H; van Deuren, RC; Soficaru, A; de-la-Rua, C; Netea, MG; Jakobsson, M (2021). “Genome of Peştera Muierii skull shows high diversity and low mutational load in pre-glacial Europe” Current Biology Journal Link
  • Yaka R, Mapelli I, Kaptan D, Doğu A, Chyleński M, Erdal ÖD, Koptekin D, Vural KB, Bayliss A, Mazzucato C, Fer E, Çokoğlu SS, Lagerholm VK, Krzewińska M, Karamurat C, Gemici HC, Sevkar A, Dağtaş ND, Kılınç GM, Adams D, Munters AR, Sağlıcan E, Milella M, Schotsmans EMJ, Yurtman E, Çetin M, Yorulmaz S, Altınışık NE, Ghalichi A, Juras A, Bilgin CC, Günther T, Storå J, Jakobsson M, de Kleijn M, Mustafaoğlu G, Fairbairn A, Pearson J, Togan İ, Kayacan N, Marciniak A, Larsen CS, Hodder I, Atakuman Ç, Pilloud M, Sürer E, Gerritsen F, Özbal R, Baird D, Erdal YS, Duru G, Özbaşaran M, Haddow SD, Knüsel CJ, Götherström A, Özer F, Somel M (2021). “Variable kinship patterns in Neolithic Anatolia revealed by ancient genomes”, Current Biology Journal Link
  • Kılınç GM*, Kashuba N*, Koptekin D, Bergfeldt N, Dönertaş HM, Rodríguez-Varela R, Shergin D, Ivanov G, Kichigin D, Pestereva K, Volkov D, Mandryka P, Kharinskii A, Tishkin A, Ineshin E, Kovychev E, Stepanov A, Dalén L, Günther T, Kırdök E, Jakobsson M, Somel M, Krzewińska M, Storå J, Götherström A (2021). “Human population dynamics and Yersinia pestis in ancient northeast Asia”, Science Advances  Journal Link


  • Schlebusch*, CM; Sjödin*, P; Breton*, G; Günther, T; Naidoo, T; Hollfelder, N; Sjöstrand, AE; Xu, J; Gattepaille, LM; Vicente, M; Scofield, DG; Malmström, H; de Jongh, M; Lombard, M; Soodyall, H; Jakobsson, M (2020). ‘Khoe-San Genomes Reveal Unique Variation and Confirm the Deepest Population Divergence in Homo sapiens’, Molecular Biology and Evolution Journal Link

  • Coutinho, A; Günther, T; Munters, AR; Svensson, EM; Götherström, A; Storå, J; Malmström, H; Jakobsson, M (2020). ‘The Neolithic Pitted Ware culture foragers were culturally but not genetically influenced by the Battle Axe culture herders’, American Journal of Physical Anthropology Journal Link
  • Li, J., Zarzar, T.B.C., White, J.D., Indencleef, K., Hoskens, H., Castrillon, A.O., Nauwelaers, N., Zaidi, A.A., Eller, R.J., Günther, T., Svensson, E.M., Jakobsson, M., Walsh, S., Steen, K.V., Shriver, M.D., Claes, P., (2020). ‘Robust genome-wide ancestry inference for heterogeneous datasets: illustrated using the 1,000 genome project with 3D facial images’, Scientific Reports Journal Link preprint


  • Malmström*, H; Günther*, T; Svensson, EM; Juras, A; Fraser, M; Munters, AR; Pospieszny, Ł; Tõrv, M; Lindström, J; Götherström, A; Storå, J and Jakobsson, M (2019). ‘The genomic ancestry of the Scandinavian Battle Axe Culture people and their relation to the broader Corded Ware horizon’, Proceedings of the Royal Society B  Journal Link
  • Günther, T. & Jakobsson, M. (2019) ‘Population Genomic Analyses of DNA from Ancient Remains’, Book Chapter in Handbook of Statistical Genomics (Fourth Edition), Wiley Publisher Link
  • Günther, T. & Nettelblad C. (2019) ‘The presence and impact of reference bias on population genomic studies of prehistoric human populations’, PLOS Genetics. Journal Link preprint
  • Shebanits K; Günther, T; Johansson, ACV; Maqbool, K; Feuk, L; Jakobsson, M; Larhammar, D (2019). ‘Copy number determination of the gene for the human pancreatic polypeptide receptor NPY4R using read depth analysis and droplet digital PCR’. BMC Biotechnology 19:31. Journal Link
  • Lombard, M; Malmström, H; Schlebusch, C; Svensson, EM; Günther, T; Munters, AR; Coutinho, A; Edlund, H; Zipfel, B; Jakobsson, M (2019) ‘Genetic data and radiocarbon dating question Plovers Lake as a Middle Stone Age hominin-bearing site’, Journal of Human Evolution 131, 203–209. Journal Link
  • Price, N; Hedenstierna-Jonson, C; Zachrisson, T; Kjellström, A; Storå, J; Krzewińska, M; Günther, T; Sobrado, V; Jakobsson, M; Götherström, A; 2019. ‘Viking warrior women? Reassessing Birka chamber grave Bj.581’, Antiquity 93, 181–198. Journal Link


  • Krzewińska, M; Kjellström, A; Günther, T; Hedenstierna-Jonson, C; Zachrisson, T; Omrak, A; Yaka, R; Kılınç, GM; Somel, M; Sobrado, V; Evans, J; Knipper, C; Jakobsson, M; Storå, J; Götherström, A (2018) ‘Genomic and Strontium Isotope Variation Reveal Immigration Patterns in a Viking Age Town’, Current Biology Journal Link
  • Monroy Kuhn, J. M.; Jakobsson, M.; Günther, T. (2018) ‘Estimating genetic kin relationships in prehistoric populations’, PLoS ONE Journal Link preprint
  • Valdiosera*, C; Günther*, T; Vera-Rodríguez, JC; Ureña, I; Iriarte, E; Rodríguez-Varela, R; Simões, LG; Martínez-Sánchez, RM; Svensson, EM; Malmström, H; Rodríguez, L; Bermúdez de Castro, JM; Carbonell, E; Alday, A; Hernández Vera, JA; Götherström, A; Carretero, JM; Arsuaga, JL; Smith, CI; Jakobsson, M (2018) ‘Four millennia of Iberian biomolecular prehistory illustrate the impact of prehistoric migrations at the far end of Eurasia’, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A Journal Link
  • Günther*, T; Malmström*, H; Svensson*, E; Omrak*, A; Sánchez-Quinto, F; Kılınç, GM; Krzewińska, M; Eriksson, G; Fraser, M; Edlund, H; Munters, AR; Coutinho, A; Simões, LG; Vicente, M; Sjölander, A; Jansen Sellevold, B; Jørgensen, R; Claes, P; Shriver, MD; Valdiosera, C; Netea, MG; Apel, J; Lidén, K; Skar, B; Storå, J; Götherström, A; Jakobsson, M (2018) ‘Population genomics of Mesolithic Scandinavia: Investigating early postglacial migration routes and high-latitude adaptation’, PLoS Biology Journal Link preprint


  • Rodríguez-Varela, R; Günther, T; Krzewińska, M; Storå, J; Gillingwater, TH; MacCallum, M; Arsuaga, JL; Dobney, K; Valdiosera, C; Jakobsson, M; Götherström, A; Girdland-Flink, L (2017) ‘Genomic Analyses of Pre-European Conquest Human Remains from the Canary Islands Reveal Close Affinity to Modern North Africans’, Current Biology Journal Link
  • Schlebusch*, C.M.; Malmström*, H.; Günther, T.; Sjödin, P.; Coutinho, A.; Edlund, H.; Munters, A.R.; Vicente, M.; Steyn, M.; Soodyall, H.; Lombard, M.; Jakobsson, M. (2017) ‘Southern African ancient genomes estimate modern human divergence to 350,000 to 260,000 years ago’, Science Journal Link preprint
  • Hedenstierna-Jonson, C; Kjellström, A; Zachrisson, T; Krzewińska, M; Sobrado, V; Price, N; Günther, T; Jakobsson, M.; Götherström, A; Storå, J; (2017) ‘A female Viking warrior confirmed by genomics’, American Journal of Physical Anthropology
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  • Hollfelder, N; Schlebusch, CM; Günther, T; Babiker, H; Hassan, HY; Jakobsson, M (2017) ‘Northeast African genomic variation shaped by the continuity of indigenous groups and Eurasian migrations’, PLOS Genetics Journal Link
  • Goldberg, A.; Günther, T.; Rosenberg, N.A.; Jakobsson, M. (2017) ‘Ancient X chromosomes reveal contrasting sex bias in Neolithic and Bronze Age Eurasian migrations.’, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A Journal Link preprint


  • Gattepaille L.; Günther T.; Jakobsson M. (2016) ‘Inferring Past Effective Population Size from Distributions of Coalescent Times.’ Genetics Journal Link
  • Günther, T. & Jakobsson M. (2016) ‘Genes mirror migrations and cultures in prehistoric Europe — a population genomic perspective.’, Current Opinion in Genetics & Development Journal Link preprint
  • Kılınç*, G. M.; Omrak*, A.; Özer*, F.; Günther, T.; Büyükkarakaya, A. M.; Bıçakçı, E.;  Baird, D.; Dönertaş, H. M.; Ghalichi, A.; Yaka, R.; Koptekin, D.; Açan, S. C.; Parvizi, P.; Krzewińska, M.; Daskalaki, E. A.; Yüncü, E.; Dağtaş, N. D.; Fairbairn, A.; Pearson, J.; Mustafaoğlu, G.; Erdal, Y. S.; Çakan, Y. G.; Togan, İ.; Somel, M.; Storå, J.; Jakobsson, M. & Götherström, A. (2016) ‘The Demographic Development of the First Farmers in Anatolia.’, Current Biology Journal Link
  • Günther*, T.; Lampei*, C.; Barilar, I. & Schmid, K. J. (2016) ‘Genomic and phenotypic differentiation of Arabidopsis thaliana along altitudinal gradients in the North Italian Alps.’, Mol Ecol. Journal Link preprint
  • Hervella, M.; Svensson, E. M.; Alberdi, A.; Günther, T.; Izagirre, N.; Munters, A. R.; Alonso, S.; Ioana, M.; Ridiche, F.; Soficaru, A.; Jakobsson, M.; Netea, M. G. & de-la Rua, C. (2016), ‘The mitogenome of a 35,000-year-old Homo sapiens from Europe supports a Palaeolithic back-migration to Africa.’, Sci Rep 6, 25501. Journal Link
  • Omrak, A.; Günther, T.; Valdiosera, C.; Svensson, E. M.; Malmström, H.; Kiesewetter, H.; Aylward, W.; Storå, J.; Jakobsson, M. & Götherström, A. (2016), ‘Genomic Evidence Establishes Anatolia as the Source of the European Neolithic Gene Pool.’, Curr Biol. 26(2), 270–275 Journal Link


  • Günther*, T.; Valdiosera*, C.; Malmström, H.; Urena, I.; Rodriguez-Varela, R.; Sverrisdóttir, Ó. O.; Daskalaki, E. A.; Skoglund, P.; Naidoo, T.; Svensson, E. M.; Bermúdez de Castro, J. M.; Carbonell, E.; Dunn, M.; Storå, J.; Iriarte, E.; Arsuaga, J. L.; Carretero, J.-M.; Götherström, A. & Jakobsson, M. (2015), ‘Ancient genomes link early farmers from Atapuerca in Spain to modern-day Basques.’, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 112(38), 11917–11922. Journal Link
  • Gawenda*, I.; Thorwarth*, P.; Günther, T.; Ordon, F. & Schmid, K. J. (2015), ‘Genome-wide association studies in elite varieties of German winter barley using single-marker and haplotype-based methods’, Plant Breeding 134(1), 28–39.


  • Skoglund, P*.; Malmström, H.*; Omrak, A.; Raghavan, M.; Valdiosera, C.; Günther, T.; Hall, P.; Tambets, K.; Parik, J.; Sjögren, K.-G.; Apel, J.; Willerslev, E.; Storå, J.; Götherström, A. & Jakobsson, M. (2014), ‘Genomic diversity and admixture differs for Stone-Age Scandinavian foragers and farmers.’, Science 344(6185), 747–750. Journal Link
  • Siqueira, M. V.; Bonatelli, M. L.; Günther, T.; Gawenda, I.; Schmid, K. J.; Pavinato, V. A. & Veasey, E. A. (2014), ‘Water yam ( Dioscorea alata L. ) diversity pattern in Brazil: an analysis with SSR and morphological markers.’, Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 61(3), 611–624. Journal Link


  • Günther, T. & Coop, G. (2013), ‘Robust identification of local adaptation from allele frequencies.’, Genetics 195(1), 205–220. Journal Link preprint
  • Günther*, T.; Lampei*, C. & Schmid, K. J. (2013), ‘Mutational Bias and Gene Conversion Affect the Intraspecific Nitrogen Stoichiometry of the Arabidopsis thaliana Transcriptome.’, Molecular Biology and Evolution 30(3), 561–8. Journal Link


  • Hübner, S.; Günther, T.; Flavell, A.; Fridman, E.; Graner, A.; Korol, A. & Schmid, K. J. (2012), ‘Islands and streams: clusters and gene flow in wild barley populations from the Levant.’, Molecular Ecology 21(5), 1115–29. Journal Link


  • Günther, T.; Gawenda, I. & Schmid, K. J. (2011), ‘phenosim – A software to simulate phenotypes for testing in genome-wide association studies.’, BMC Bioinformatics 12(1), 265. Journal Link
  • Günther, T. & Schmid, K. J. (2011), ‘Improved haplotype-based detection of ongoing selective sweeps towards an application in Arabidopsis thaliana.’, BMC Research Notes 4(1), 232. Journal Link
  • Günther*, T.; Schmitt*, A. O.; Bortfeldt, R. H.; Hinney, A.; Hebebrand, J. & Brockmann, G. a. (2011), ‘Where in the genome are significant single nucleotide polymorphisms from genome-wide association studies located?’, OMICS 15(7-8), 507–12. Journal Link
  • Cao*, J.; Schneeberger*, K.; Ossowski*, S.; Günther*, T.; Bender, S.; Fitz, J.; Koenig, D.; Lanz, C.; Stegle, O.; Lippert, C.; Wang, X.; Ott, F.; Müller, J.; Alonso-Blanco, C.; Borgwardt, K.; Schmid, K. J. & Weigel, D. (2011), ‘Whole-genome sequencing of multiple Arabidopsis thaliana populations’, Nature Genetics 43(10), 956–963. Journal Link


  • Günther, T. & Schmid, K. J. (2010), ‘Deleterious amino acid polymorphisms in Arabidopsis thaliana and rice.’, Theoretical and Applied Genetics 121(1), 157–68. Journal Link
  • Childs*, L. H.; Witucka-Wall*, H.; Günther*, T.; Sulpice, R.; V Korff, M.; Stitt, M.; Walther, D.; Schmid, K. J. & Altmann, T. (2010), ‘Single feature polymorphism (SFP)-based selective sweep identification and association mapping of growth-related metabolic traits in Arabidopsis thaliana.’, BMC Genomics 11(1), 188. Journal Link
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