We study gene flow from Neandertals and Denisovans into modern humans. In addition, we are interested in genetic variability in general, and the functional consequences thereof, particularly for membrane-bound proteins such as receptors and ion channels. Other topics of interest include pharmacogenetics and the genetic predisposition to infectious diseases, such as COVID-19. Our approaches include both bioinformatics and functional studies.
What can we learn from the Neanderthals?
“From Neanderthals to pandemics”, a lecture series in collaboration with UR Samtiden. In one of the episodes, Hugo Zeberg explains which risk factors may have an impact on why some people get seriously ill with COVID-19. All lectures are in Swedish and available at UR Play.
Do you carry neandertal genes?
Hugo Zeberg's research focuses on different gene variants, inherited from the Neanderthal, and how they affect fertility and the risk of being infected by various diseases. Listen to episode #67 of Medicinvetarna to find out more (in Swedish).
He also answers the question whether humans have developed genetically at all since the Stone Age, in episode #76.