Fernando Villanea Headshot
Assistant Professor
(Ph.D. • Washington State University • 2016)

Hale 130

Office Hours
Wednesdays 1:00pm-3:30pm Hale 130 BY APPOINTMENT ONLY


Fernando Villanea is a population geneticist specializing in human pre-history, interested in topics such as Neanderthal-human admixture, and the effects of Neanderthal and other archaic genome variants inherited by people today.

Dr. Villanea's current research focuses on the Neanderthal and Denisovan ancestry in American populations, and how these archaic variants provided the genetic diversity for these populations to adapt to the novel environments found in the American continent.

Selected Publications

Graduate Studies Information

*Professor Villanea is not accepting Ph.D. applicants​ for Fall 2024