Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Dr. Alissa Mittnik

Kahlaische Strasse 10

07745 Jena



Dr. Alissa Mittnik

Dr. Alissa Mittnik

Dr. Alissa Mittnik


  • +49 (0) 3641 686-649


Main Focus

What can ancient DNA reveal about

  • modes of cultural transition
  • migratory movements and individual mobility
  • kinship and genealogy
  • demography
  • social dynamics, such as marriage, residence and inheritance rules
  • infectious diseases and epidemics

and other aspects of life in pre- and protohistoric societies?

Current projects

  • Late Neolithic to Bronze Age transition in Southern Germany
  • Population history of Northeastern Europe

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. rer. nat., Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany (2012-2016)
Diploma Biology, Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany (2008-2011)

Publications (*Co-first author, ©Corresponding author)

A. Mittnik*©, C. C. Wang*, J. Svoboda, J. Krause, A Molecular Approach to the Sexing of the Triple Burial at the Upper Paleolithic Site of Dolni Vestonice. PloS One 11, e0163019 (2016).

Q. Fu, C. Posth, M. Hajdinjak, M. Petr, S. Mallick, D. Fernandes, A. Furtwangler, W. Haak, M. Meyer, A. Mittnik et al. The genetic history of Ice Age Europe. Nature 534, 200-205 (2016).

C. Posth, G. Renaud, A. Mittnik, D. G. Drucker, H. Rougier, C. Cupillard et al. Pleistocene Mitochondrial Genomes Suggest a Single Major Dispersal of Non-Africans and a Late Glacial Population Turnover in Europe. Current Biology 26, 827-833 (2016).

W. Haak, I. Lazaridis, N. Patterson, N. Rohland, S. Mallick, B. Llamas, G. Brandt, S. Nordenfelt, E. Harney, K. Stewardson, Q. Fu, A. Mittnik et al. Massive migration from the steppe was a source for Indo-European languages in Europe. Nature 522, 207-211 (2015).

I. Lazaridis, N. Patterson, A. Mittnik, G. Renaud, S. Mallick, K. Kirsanow et al. Ancient human genomes suggest three ancestral populations for present-day Europeans. Nature 513, 409-413 (2014).

Q. Fu*, A. Mittnik*, P. L. Johnson, K. Bos, M. Lari, R. Bollongino et al. A revised timescale for human evolution based on ancient mitochondrial genomes. Current Biology 23, 553-559 (2013).

V. J. Schuenemann, K. Bos, S. DeWitte, S. Schmedes, J. Jamieson, A. Mittnik et al. Targeted enrichment of ancient pathogens yielding the pPCP1 plasmid of Yersinia pestis from victims of the Black Death. PNAS 108, E746-752 (2011).

S. C. Munzel, M. Stiller, M. Hofreiter, A. Mittnik, N. J. Conard, H. Bocherens, Pleistocene bears in the Swabian Jura (Germany): Genetic replacement, ecological displacement, extinctions and survival. Quatern Int 245, 225-237 (2011).

Organizational Unit (Department, Group, Facility):

  • Department of Archaeogenetics
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