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Martin studied genetics at the Universities of Sheffield and Manchester, moving to Oxford University and into archaeogenetic research in 1990. From there, he developed collaborative links with a small group of like-minded colleagues who spearheaded the use of network diagrams in the phylogenetic and phylogeographic analysis of human mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). This enjoyable collaboration was to yield influential models for the settlement of both Europe and the Pacific, and for prehistoric dispersals in Africa. He subsequently moved to UCL, Huddersfield and then Leeds University, where he taught, amongst other topics, human evolution, molecular evolution and bioinformatics. He finally moved back to Huddersfield to take up a Research Chair in January 2012.

His research in the last decade has particularly sought to apply complete mtDNA genome variation to archaeogenetic questions, such as the route taken by modern humans dispersing out of Africa and the settlement of Southeast Asia and the Pacific – most recently returning his focus to the continuing controversy over the settlement of Europe.

He co-edited Mitochondrial DNA and the Evolution of Homo Sapiens (Springer-Verlag, 2006) with Hans-Jürgen Bandelt and Vincent Macaulay.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Applying complete mtDNA genome variation to archaeogenetic questions


  • Genetics
  • Archeogenetics
  • Human Evolution
  • Molecular Evolution
  • Bioinformatics

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Projects 2018 2023

ACROSS: Australasian Colonization Research: Origins of Seafaring to Sahul

Richards, M. & Farr, R. H.


Project: ResearchEU Government

Research Output 1993 2017

8 Citations

A genetic chronology for the Indian Subcontinent points to heavily sex-biased dispersals

Silva, M., Oliveira, M., Vieira, D., Brandão, A., Rito, T., Pereira, J. B., Fraser, R. M., Hudson, B., Gandini, F., Edwards, C., Pala, M., Koch, J., Wilson, J. F., Pereira, L., Richards, M. B. & Soares, P., 23 Mar 2017, In : BMC Evolutionary Biology. 17, 1, p. 1-18 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Central Asia
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Mitogenome Diversity in Sardinians: A Genetic Window onto an Island's Past

Olivieri, A., Sidore, C., Achilli, A., Angius, A., Posth, C., Furtwängler, A., Brandini, S., Capodiferro, M. R., Gandini, F., Zoledziewska, M., Pitzalis, M., Maschio, A., Busonero, F., Lai, L., Skeates, R., Gradoli, M. G., Beckett, J., Marongiu, M., Mazzarello, V., Marongiu, P. & 12 othersRubino, S., Rito, T., Macaulay, V., Semino, O., Pala, M., Abecasis, G. R., Schlessinger, D., Conde-Sousa, E., Soares, P., Richards, M. B., Cucca, F. & Torroni, A., 1 May 2017, In : Molecular Biology and Evolution. 34, 5, p. 1230-1239 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
5 Citations

Origin and spread of human mitochondrial DNA haplogroup U7

Sahakyan, H., Kashani, B. H., Tamang, R., Kushniarevich, A., Francis, A., Costa, M. D., Pathak, A. K., Khachatryan, Z., Sharma, I., Van Oven, M., Parik, J., Hovhannisyan, H., Metspalu, E., Pennarun, E., Karmin, M., Tamm, E., Tambets, K., Bahmanimehr, A., Reisberg, T., Reidla, M. & 59 othersAchilli, A., Olivieri, A., Gandini, F., Perego, U. A., Al-Zahery, N., Houshmand, M., Sanati, M. H., Soares, P., Rai, E., Šarac, J., Šarić, T., Sharma, V., Pereira, L., Fernandes, V., Černý, V., Farjadian, S., Singh, D. P., Azakli, H., Üstek, D., Trofimova, N. E., Kutuev, I., Litvinov, S., Bermisheva, M., Khusnutdinova, E. K., Rai, N., Singh, M., Singh, V. K., Reddy, A. G., Tolk, H. V., Cvjetan, S., Lauc, L. B., Rudan, P., Michalodimitrakis, E. N., Anagnou, N. P., Pappa, K. I., Golubenko, M. V., Orekhov, V., Borinskaya, S. A., Kaldma, K., Schauer, M. A., Simionescu, M., Gusar, V., Grechanina, E., Govindaraj, P., Voevoda, M., Damba, L., Sharma, S., Singh, L., Semino, O., Behar, D. M., Yepiskoposyan, L., Richards, M. B., Metspalu, M., Kivisild, T., Thangaraj, K., Endicott, P., Chaubey, G., Torroni, A. & Villems, R., 7 Apr 2017, In : Scientific Reports. 7, 46044.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Reconciling evidence from ancient and contemporary genomes: A major source for the European Neolithic within Mediterranean Europe

Pereira, J. B., Costa, M. D., Vieira, D., Pala, M., Bamford, L., Harich, N., Cherni, L., Alshamali, F., Hatina, J., Rychkov, S., Stefanescu, G., King, T., Torroni, A., Soares, P., Pereira, L. & Richards, M. B., 22 Mar 2017, In : Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 284, 1851, 20161976.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Updating the African human mitochondrial DNA tree: Relevance to forensic and population genetics

Heinz, T., Pala, M., Gómez-Carballa, A., Richards, M. B. & Salas, A., 1 Mar 2017, In : Forensic Science International: Genetics. 27, p. 156-159 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Forensic Genetics
Population Genetics
Mitochondrial DNA