Christian Roos

Primate Genetics Laboratory
German Primate Center


Research Interests


  • Evolution
  • Phylogeography
  • Taxonomy
  • Population genetics
  • Conservation of primates



Education and Employment

2013Habilitation and "venia legendi" in Zoology, Faculty of Biology and Psychology, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany
2008 -Senior Scientist, University and German Primate Center, Göttingen
2004 - 2007Postdoctoral Fellow, University and German Primate Center, Göttingen
2003Dr. rer nat. (Biology), Technical University Munich, Germany



Selected honours and awards

2012 -Leopoldina Working Group Member Challenges for Taxonomic Research in the “-omics”-Age
2006 - Deputy Regional Coordinator IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group, Section Southeast Asia
2004Young Scientists Award, German Primate Center, Göttingen


Selected publications

Carbone, L., Harris, R.A., Gnerre, S., Veeramah, K.R., Lorente-Galdos, B., Huddleston, J., Meyer, T.J., Herrero, J., Roos, C., Aken, B., Anaclerio, F., Archidiacono, N., Baker, C., Barrel, D., Batzer, M.A., Beal, K., Blancher, A., Bohrson, C.L., Brameier, M., Campbell, M.S., Capozzi, O., Casola, C., Chiatante, G., Cree, A., Damert, A., de Jong, P.J., Dumas, L., Fernandez-Callejo, M., Flicek, P., Fuchs, N.V., Gut, M., Gut, I., Hahn, M.W., Hernández-Rodríguez, J., Hillier, L., Hubley, R., Ianc, B., Izsvák, Z., Jablonski, N.G., Johnstone, L., Karimpour-Fard, A., Konkel, M.K., Kostka, D., Lazar, N.H., Lee, S.L., Lewis, L.R., Liu, Y., Locke, D.P., Mallick, S., Mendez, F.L., Muffato, M., Nazareth, L., Nevonen, K.A., O?Bleness, M., Ochis, C., Odom, D.T., Pollard, K.S., Quilez, J., Reich, D., Rocchi, M., Schumann, G.G., Searle, S., Sikela, J.M., Skollar, G., Smit, A., Sonmez, K., ten Hallers, B., Terhune, E., Thomas, G.W.C., Ullmer, B., Ventura, M., Walker, J.A., Wall, J.D., Walter, L., Ward, M.C., Wheelan, S., Whelan, C., White, S., Wilhelm, L.J., Woerner, A.E., Yandell, M., Zhu, B., Hammer, M., Marques-Bonet, T., Eichler, E.E., Fulton, L., Fronick, C., Muzny, D.M., Warren, W.C., Worley, K.C., Rogers, J., Wilson, R.K., & Gibbs, R.A. (2014): Gibbon genome and the fast karyotype evolution of small apes. Nature 513: 195-201.

Haus, T., Ferguson, B., Rogers, J., Doxiadis, G., Certa, U., Rose, N.J., Teepe, R., Weinbauer, G.F., & Roos, C. (2014): Genome typing of non-human primate models: implications for biomedical research. Trends Genet 30: 482-487.

Zinner, D., & Roos, C. (2014): So, what is a species anyway? A primatological perspective. Evol Anthropol 23: 21-23.

Finstermeier, K., Zinner, D., Brameier, M., Meyer, M., Kreuz, E., Hofreiter, M., & Roos, C. (2013): A mitogenomic phylogeny of living primates. PLoS ONE 8: e69504.

Zinner, D., Wertheimer, J., Liedigk, R., Groeneveld, L.F., & Roos, C. (2013): Baboon phylogeny as inferred from complete mitochondrial genomes. Am J Phys Anthropol 150: 133-140.

Liedigk, R., Yang, M., Jablonski, N., Momberg, F., Geissmann, T., Lwin, N., Htin Hla, T., Liu, Z., Wong, B., Li, M., Yongcheng, L., Zhang, Y.-P., Nadler, T.,
Zinner, D., & Roos, C. (2012). Evolutionary history of the odd-nosed monkeys and the phylogenetic position of the newly described Myanmar snub-nosed monkey Rhinopithecus strykeri. PLoS ONE 7: e37418.

Ting, N., Astaras, C., Hearn, G., Honarvar, S., Corush, J., Burrell, A.S., Phillips, N., Morgan, B.J., Gadsby, E.L., Raaum, R., & Roos, C. (2012). Genetic signatures of a demographic collapse in a large-bodied forest dwelling primate (Mandrillus leucophaeus). Ecol Evol 2: 550-561.

Meyer, D., Rinaldi, I.D., Ramlee, H., Perwitasari-Farajallah, D., Hodges, J.K., & Roos, C. (2011). Mitochondrial phylogeny of leaf monkeys (genus Presbytis, Eschscholtz, 1821) with implications for taxonomy and conservation. Mol Phylogenet Evol 59: 311-319.

Perelman, P., Johnson, W.E., Roos, C., Seuanez, H.N., Horvath, J.E., Moreira, M.A.M., Kessing, B., Pontius, J., Roelke, M., Rumpler, Y., Schneider, M.P.C., Silva, A., O’Brien, S.J., & Pecon-Slattery, J. (2011). A molecular phylogeny of living primates. PLoS Genet 7: e1001342.

Roos, C., Zinner, D., Kubatko, L.S., Schwarz, C., Yang, M., Meyer, D., Nash, S.D., Xing, J., Batzer, M.A., Brameier, M., Leendertz, F.H., Ziegler, T., Perwitasari-Farjallah, D., Nadler, T., Walter, L., & Osterholz, M. (2011). Nuclear versus mitochondrial DNA: evidence for hybridization in colobine monkeys. BMC Evol Biol 11: 77.

Thinh, V.N., Mootnick, A.R., Geissmann, T., Li, M., Ziegler, T., Agil, M., Moisson, P., Nadler, T., Walter, L., & Roos C. (2010). Mitochondrial evidence for multiple radiations in the evolutionary history of small apes. BMC Evol Biol 10: 74.