Dr Laurent Frantz

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art
Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Rd, Oxford, OX1 3QY

Tel: +44 (0)1865 275116

Fax: +44 (0)1865 285220

E-mail: laurent.frantz@arch.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests

Evolutionary Biology; Domestication; Speciation; Phylogeography; Population Genetics; Phylogenetics; Genomics; Ancient DNA; Conservation Biology.


2010-2014: PhD in Genomics, University of Wageningen (NL)

Thesis title: Speciation and domestication in Suiformes: a genomic perspective

2009-2010: MSc in Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics, University of Manchester

2006-2009: BSc in Life and Earth Science, Universite Montpellier II (FR)



Frantz L.A.F., Madsen O., Megens HJ., Bosse M., Schraiber J.G., Paudel Y., Crooijmans P.M.A and Groenen M.A.M. (2015) Evolution of Tibetan wild boars. Nature Genetics, in press. 


Lohse K. and Frantz L.A.F. (2014) Neandertal Admixture in Eurasia Confirmed by Maximum-Likelihood Analysis of Three Genomes. Genetics 196(4):1241-1251.

Bosse M., Megens H-J., Madsen O, Frantz L.A.F., Paudel Y., Crooijmans R.P.M.A and Groenen M.A.M. (2014) Untangling the hybrid nature of modern pig genomes: a mosaic derived from biogeographically distinct and highly divergent Sus scrofa populations. Molecular Ecology, 23(16), 4089-4102.

Zytynska S.E., Frantz L.A.F., Hurst B., Johnson A., Preziosi R.F. and Rowntree J.K. (2014) Hostplant genotypic diversity and community genetic interactions mediate aphid spatial distribution. Ecology and evolution 4(2):121-131.

Rowntree J.K., Zytynska S.E., Frantz L.A.F., Hurst B., Johnson A., Preziosi RF. (2014) The genetics of indirect ecological effects - plant parasites and aphid herbivores. Frontiers in genetics, 5:72.

Bosse M., Megens HJ., Frantz L.A.F, Madsen O., Larson G., Paudel Y., Duijvesteijn N., Harlizius B., Hagemeijer Y., Crooijmans R.P.M.A and Groenen M.A.M. (2014) Genomic analysis reveals selection for Asian genes in European pigs following human-mediated introgression. Nature Communications, 5:4392.

Frantz L.A.F, Megens HJ., Madsen O., Groenen M.A.M. and Lohse K. (2014) Testing models of speciation from genome sequences: divergence and asymmetric admixture in Island Southeast Asian Sus species during the Plio-Pleistocene climatic fluctuations. Molecular Ecology, 23 (22), 5566-5574.

Bosse M., Madsen O., Megens H-J, Frantz L.A.F., Paudel Y., Crooijmans P.M.A and Groenen M.A.M. (2014) Hybrid origin of European commercial pigs examined by an in-depth haplotype analysis on chromosome 1. Frontiers in genetics, 5:442.


Paudel Y., Megens H.J., Madsen O., Frantz L.A.F, Bosse M., Bastiaansen J.W.M., Crooijmans R.P.M.A and Groenen M.A.M. (2013) Evolutionary dynamic of copy number variation in pig genomes in the context of adaptation and domestication. BMC Genomics 14:449.

Frantz L.A.F, Schraiber J., Madsen O., Megens H-J., Bosse M., Yogesh P., Semiadi G., Meijaard E., Li N., Crooijmans R.P.M.A, Archibald A.L., Slatkin M., Schook L.B. Larson G. and Groenen M.A.M. (2013) Genome sequencing reveals fine scale diversification and reticulation history in Sus. Genome Biology 14(9):R107.


Groenen M.A.M., Archibald A.L., Uenishi H., Tuggle C.K., Takeuchi Y., Rothschild M.F.,Rogel-Gaillard C., Park C., Milan D., Megens H.J., Li S., Larkin D.M., Kim H., Frantz L.A.F. et al. (2012) Analyses of pig genomes provide insight into porcine demography and evolution. Nature 491(7424):393-398.

Tortereau F., Servin B., Frantz L.A.F, Megens H.J., Milan D., Rohrer G., Wiedmann R., Beever J., Archibald A.L., Schook L.B., Groenen M.A.M. (2012) Sex specific differences in recombination rate in the pig are correlated with GC content. BMC Genomics 13:586.

Bosse M., Megens H.J., Madsen O., Paudel Y., Frantz L.A.F, Schook L.B., Crooijmans R.P.M.A and Groenen M.A.M. (2012) Regions of Homozygosity in the Porcine genome: interactions between demography and the recombination landscape. PLoS Genetics 8(11):e1003100.

Ottoni C., Flink L.G., Evin A., Geörg C., Cupere B., Neer W., Bartosiewicz L., Linderholm A.,Barnett R., Peters J., Decorte R., Waelkens M., Vanderheyden N, Ricaut F., Çakırlar C., Çevik O, Hoelzel R., Mashkour M., Karimlu A.F.M., Seno S.S., Daujat J., Brock F., Pinhasi P, Hongo H., Perez-Enciso M., Rasmussen M., Frantz L.A.F., et al. (2012) Pig domestication and human-mediated dispersal in western Eurasia revealed through ancient DNA and geometric morphometrics. Molecular Biology and Evolution 30(4):824-832.

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