Neubauer Family Assistant Professor
Department of Human Genetics and the College
Maanasa Raghavan’s research specializes in ancient human genomics and spans questions and applications in multiple fields, including population genetics, evolutionary biology, anthropology, archaeology, and medical genetics. Her research, based primarily in the Americas and South Asia, aims to elucidate how demographic, cultural, and environmental factors have contributed over time to the shaping of the population and medical genetics landscape of our species. She uses a combined approach that brings together genome-scale data from ancient and present-day humans.
Her research on the genetic origins of indigenous populations in the Americas, as well as collaborative work on ancient humans and equids, has been published in Nature, Science, the PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America), Nature Communications, and the American Journal of Human Genetics. In 2014 she received a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Prize, in the Promising Research Talent category.
Raghavan completed her PhD in paleogenomics at the University of Copenhagen, after which she served as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for GeoGenetics, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen. Most recently, she was a senior research associate in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge.