Maanasa Raghavan became a Neubauer Family Assistant Professor in 2018. She is a molecular biologist specializing in the use of next-generation sequencing data to study human population histories.
Raghavan earned a PhD from the University of Copenhagen. Her doctoral and postdoctoral research focused on resolving aspects of the early peopling of the Americas using genome-scale data from ancient and modern humans from the Americas and Siberia. Raghavan's current work furthers our understanding of human population histories, focusing on how and when patterns of present-day genetic diversity were formed. She uses a combined approach that brings together modern and ancient DNA datasets to investigate human population dynamics over time and how events in the past, such as migrations and admixture, have shaped the current genetic landscape.