Pontus Skoglund

Pontus Skoglund

Qualifications and history

  • 2013 PhD in Evolutionary Genetics, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • 2014 Postdoctoral research fellow, Harvard Medical School, US
  • 2017 Group leader at the Francis Crick Institute, UK

Pontus Skoglund is the group leader of the Francis Crick Institute's Ancient Genomics laboratory. Originally from Sweden, he obtained his PhD in evolutionary genetics from Uppsala University in 2013, and thereafter did his postdoctoral research in David Reich's laboratory at Harvard Medical School's Department of Genetics.

His past research has focused on propelling the field of ancient DNA into the genomic era, revealing population migrations as catalyzers for the transition from hunter-gatherer lifestyles to agriculture in Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia. He has also studied gene flow between archaic- and modern humans, early human evolution in Africa, the peopling of the Americas, and the origin of domestic dogs.