Chiara Barbieri

Link to Research Group page (Prof. Dr. Kentaro K. Shimizu)

Research Interests

Molecular anthropology, human population prehistory, human migration, diffusion and contact. South American prehistory, congruence between gene and language transmission



2018 - present Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2015 - 2017 Postdoctoral Researcher at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany
2014 - 2015 Postdoctoral Researcher at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
2013 - 2014 Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
2009 - 2013 Ph.D. in Molecular Anthropology, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
2005 - 2008 M.Sc. in Biodiversity and Evolution, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Selected Publications

  • Barbieri C., Sandoval JR., Valqui J., Shimelman A., Ziemendorff S., Schröder R., Geppert M., Roewer L., Gray R., Stoneking M., Fujita R., Heggarty P. (2017). Enclaves of genetic diversity resisted Inca impacts on population history. Scientific Reports, 7:17411. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-17728-w
  • Barbieri C.*, Hübner A.*, Macholdt E.*, Ni S., Lippold S., Schröder R., Mpoloka S.W., Purps J., Roewer L., Stoneking M., Pakendorf B. (2016). Refining the Y chromosome phylogeny with southern African sequences. Human Genetics, 135 (5), 541–553. DOI: 10.1007/s00439-016-1651-0
  • Barbieri C., Vicente M., Rocha J., Mpoloka S.W., Stoneking M., Pakendorf B. (2013). Ancient substructure in early mtDNA lineages of southern Africa. The American Journal of Human Genetics, 92.2: 285-292. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2012.12.010
  • Pickrell J. K., Patterson N., Barbieri C., Berthold F., Gerlach L., Lipson M., Loh P., Lachance J., Güldemann T., Kure B., Mpoloka S.W., Nakagawa H., Naumann C., Mountain J., Bustamante C., Berger B., Tishkoff S., Henn B., Stoneking M., Reich D., Brigitte P. (2012). The genetic prehistory of southern Africa. Nature Communications 3:1143. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms2140
  • de Filippo C.*, Barbieri C.*, Whitten M., Mpoloka S.W., Gunnarsdóttir E., Bostoen K., Nyambe T., Beyer K., Schreiber H., de Knijff P., Luiselli D., Stoneking M., Pakendorf B. (2011). Y-chromosomal variation in Sub-Saharan Africa: insights into the history of Niger-Congo groups. Molecular Biology and Evolution 28(3): 1255-1269. DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msq312