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Department of Genetics



I am a researcher in human evolutionary genetics at the University of Cambridge. Originally trained in theoretical physics, I use computational and mathematical methods with large-scale genetic data. My work has included the first assembly and analysis of the gorilla genome, research on the evolution of human, Neanderthal and great-ape populations, and understanding the rate of human germline mutation

Research Interests

Research in computational genetics; human and primate evolution.

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Scally Group


Key publications: 


  • Bergström, Anders, et al. "Insights into human genetic variation and population history from 929 diverse genomes." Science 367.6484 (2020).
  • Mathieson, Iain, and Aylwyn Scally. "What is ancestry?." PLoS Genetics 16.3 (2020): e1008624.
  • Skov, Laurits, et al. "Detecting archaic introgression using an unadmixed outgroup." PLoS genetics 14.9 (2018): e1007641.
  • Scally, Aylwyn. "Mutation rates and the evolution of germline structure." Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 371.1699 (2016): 20150137.
  • Xue, Yali, et al. "Mountain gorilla genomes reveal the impact of long-term population decline and inbreeding." Science 348.6231 (2015): 242-245.

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University Associate Professor
Dr Aylwyn  Scally
Areas of Interest: 
Evolutionary genomics
Email address: 
Department of Genetics,
University of Cambridge,
Downing Street,
Cambridge CB2 3EH,
United Kingdom
Office phone: 
+44 (0)1223 766931
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