Dr Lluis Quintana-Murciwas was born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. He earned his Ph.D. in Population Genetics at the University of Pavia, and his MSc in Biology at the University of Barcelona. After short training periods in the Universities of Arizona (Tucson) and Oxford (UK), he completed two years of postdoctoral training in human genetics at Institut Pasteur (Paris). He heads the Unit of Human Evolutionary Genetics (CNRS UMR2000) at the Institut Pasteur since 2007, and has been Scientific Director of the Institut during 2016-2017.He is presently Professor at the Collège de France (Chair of Human Genomics and Evolution) and Institut Pasteur. His team focuses on demographic and adaptive inference in humans, using population genetics approaches, with a strong focus on the history of African hunter-gatherers and farmers. He is alsointerested in how pathogens have exerted selective pressures on the human genome. In this context, his research focuseson the study of the genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors driving variation in immune responses, as this helps to lay the foundations of precision medicine related to infectious and immune-related disorders.
Lluis Quintana-Murci has co-authored over 200 publications on fundamental population genetics as well as evolutionary geneticsof infection and published 12 book chapters. He was a laureate of the European Research Council (ERC) in 2012, is a member of EMBO and the Academia Europaeasince 2014, and has been recently inducted member of the French Academy of Sciences (2020).