Urgeschichte und Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie

Stephen Clayton



MRes in Bioinformatics, University of York, U.K
BSc in Biochemistry, University of York, U.K


I studied biochemistry and did a master in bioinformatics at the University of York, U.K, then moved to Cambridge and worked for the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute on the genetic aetiology of developmental disorders. I moved to Germany in 2015 to provide informatics support for the Archaogenetics department of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena. Subsequently I worked at the translational cancer science centre at Technical University of Munich (TranslaTUM, Klinikum rechts der Isar) working in the group of Professor Roland Rad (Molecular Oncology and functional genomics) on epigenetics, structural variation and combinatorial screening. I have returned to ancient DNA to provide informatics support to the Archeo and Paelogentics group and to complete my PhD studying genetic disease in ancient genomes.

Selected Publications

  • Fellows Yates JA, Lamnidis TC, Borry M, Andrades Valtueña A, Fagernäs Z, Clayton S, Garcia MU, Neukamm J, Peltzer A. 2021. Reproducible, portable, and efficient ancient genome reconstruction with nf-core/eager. PeerJ 9:e10947 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.10947
  • Wright CF, Fitzgerald TW, Jones WD, Clayton S, McRae JF, van Kogelenberg M, King DA, Ambridge K, Barrett DM, Bayzetinova T, Bevan AP, Bragin E, Chatzimichali EA, Gribble S, Jones P, Krishnappa N, Mason LE, Miller R, Morley KI, Parthiban V, Prigmore E, Rajan D, Sifrim A, Swaminathan GJ, Tivey AR, Middleton A, Parker M, Carter NP, Barrett JC, Hurles ME, Fitzpatrick DR, Firth HV and DDD study (2015); Genetic diagnosis of developmental disorders in the DDD study: a scalable analysis of genome-wide research data. Lancet. 385: 1305–1314. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61705-0.