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What is the CECD? 
The CECD is an AHRC funded research group dedicated to examining the evolutionary underpinnings of human cultural behaviour, past and present. more>

   
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Principal Investigator Profile
Prof Mark Thomas
Professor of Evolutionary Genetics, Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, University College London

Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
Tel: 0207 679 2286
Fax: 0207 679 7193
Email: m.thomas@ucl.ac.uk

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Funding
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Research and Teaching interests
Research Interests:
The distribution of genetic and cultural variation in human populations is shaped by demographic history, natural selection, mutation (or innovation) and random factors (drift). Understanding how these different processes interact is key to understanding our hidden past and permits, in many cases, detailed inferences on the specific origins and spread of populations, phenotypically / medically relevant mutations and culturally inherited skills.
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Educational Background
1982-1986: BSc in Biological Science (Genetics) at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Birmingham , UK.
1986-1990: PhD, Department of Genetics and Microbiology, University of Liverpool .
Title: Copper inducible genes in the flowering plant Mimulus guttatus
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Associated Links:
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/mace-lab/people/mark
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/mace-lab/

Associated AHRC CECD Projects (Phase 2):
Project A002
Lactose tolerance and population expansion in prehistoric Europe
Project A005
Population replacement in Anglo-Saxon England
Project C010
Measuring Cultural Selection



Associated Publications - AHRC CECD - phase 2:
J. Burger, M. Kirchner, B. Bramanti, W. Haak, and M. G. Thomas (2007).
Absence of the lactase-persistence-associated allele in early Neolithic Europeans.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA). Vol 104. 3736-3741.