Urgeschichte und Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie

Dr. Lara Rubio Arauna

Postdoctoral Researcher

Room S515
Hölderlinstraße 12, 72074 Tübingen, Germany
lara.rubio-arauna@ uni-tuebingen.de

Publications and Outreach:

Research Interests

I am a biologist specialized in genomics. I am interested in the interaction between culture and genetic diversity, and I explore it through the study of the demographic and adaptation history of human populations. During my PhD I studied admixture and genetic structure in different human populations, with a focus on North Africa. During my postdoctoral research, at the Institut Pasteur, I studied the genetic history of Oceanian populations. At the Universität Tübingen I use ancient DNA to reconstruct the demographic history and the social structure of Oceanians.


2012. Bachelor of Human Biology, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona)
2013. Master's Degree in Genetics and Genomics, Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
2017. PhD in Biomedicine, Institut de Biologia Evolutiva, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). David Comas group.
2018-2022. Postdoctoral researcher at Institut Pasteur (Paris) (Pasteur-Roux-Cantarini fellowship). Lluis Quintana-Murci group.
2022. Bachelor of Psychology, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)
2022- . Postdoctoral researcher at Tübingen University (Marie-Skłodowska-Curie individual fellowship). Cosimo Posth group.

Selected Publications

  • Arauna, L. R., Bergstedt, J., Choin, J., Mendoza-Revilla, J., Harmant, C., Roux, M., Mas-Sandoval, A., Lémée, L., Colleran, H., François, A., Valentin, F., Cassar, O., Gessain, A., Quintana-Murci, L., & Patin, E. (2022). The genomic landscape of contemporary western Remote Oceanians. Current Biology. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.CUB.2022.08.055 
  • Choin, J.*, Mendoza-Revilla, J.*, Arauna, L. R.*, Cuadros-Espinoza, S., Cassar, O., Larena, M., Ko, A. M.-S., Harmant, C., Laurent, R., Verdu, P., Laval, G., Boland, A., Olaso, R., Deleuze, J.-F., Valentin, F., Ko, Y.-C., Jakobsson, M., Gessain, A., Excoffier, L., … Quintana-Murci, L. (2021). Genomic insights into population history and biological adaptation in Oceania. Nature, 592(7855). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-03236-5 
  • Arauna, L. R., Hellenthal, G., & Comas, D. (2019). Dissecting human North African gene-flow into its western coastal surroundings. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286(1902), 20190471. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2019.0471 
  • Arauna, L. R., Mendoza-Revilla, J., Mas-Sandoval, A., Izaabel, H., Bekada, A., Benhamamouch, S., Fadhlaoui-Zid, K., Zalloua, P., Hellenthal, G., & Comas, D. (2016). Recent historical migrations have shaped the gene pool of Arabs and Berbers in North Africa. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 34(2), msw218. https://doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msw218