João Aguiar Macedo Teixeira

Dr João Aguiar Macedo Teixeira

ARC Research Associate

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I am a population geneticist focusing on the evolution of humans and closely related species. I work across a wide range of topics at the forefront of modern human evolutionary genetics, including demographic inference, comparative genomics and natural selection.

Currently, my main research focus revolves around human evolution during the Pleistocene, in particular the admixture events between so-called modern and archaic humans after the out-of-Africa and before human colonisation of Sahul.

I am expert on uncovering signatures of natural selection in the genome, in particular balancing selection, and continue to study how advantageous genetic diversity can be maintained for millions of years in natural populations.

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 Co-Supervisor Studying the impact of Old World diseases on Native South American populations via ancient DNA Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Evelyn Jane Collen
    2019 Co-Supervisor Genetic History of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Xavier Roca Rada
    2018 Co-Supervisor Reconstructing the Population History of Wallacea and Sahul Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Gludhug Ariyo Purnomo
  • Position: ARC Research Associate
  • Phone: 83135565
  • Email: joao.teixeira@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4364
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Darling, floor 2
  • Room: 2 05c
  • Org Unit: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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