Dr. Christoph Leuenberger

Dr. Christoph Leuenberger

Office:  D404
Address:  Bd de Pérolles 90
1700 Fribourg
Phone: +41 26 300 8236
E-mail: christoph.leuenberger [at] unifr.ch

Main research activities

  • Stochastic and bioinformatic modelling for the inference of demographic histories and selection
  • Developing Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC) in collaboration with the Wegmann Lab

Teaching activities

  • Einführung in die Statistik I
  • Vertiefungskurs Statistik
  • Mathematik I und II für Wirtschaftswissenschaftler
  • Mathematische Methoden der Physik
  • Mathematik für das Lehramt

Selected Publications


The optimal rate for resolving a near-polytomy in a phylogeny
M. Steel, C. Leuenberger
Journal of Theor. Biol. 420, 174-179 (2017)

Inference of evolutionary jumps in large phylogenies using Lévy processes
P. Duchen, C. Leuenberger, S. Szilagyi, L. Harmon, J. Eastman, M. Schweizer, D. Wegmann
Systematic Biology 66 (2) (2017)

Inferring heterozygosity from ancient and low coverage genomes
A. Kousathanas, Ch. Leuenberger, V. Link, C. Sell, J. Burger, D. Wegmann
Genetics 205, 317-332 (2017)

Early Farmers from across Europe directly descended from Neolithic Aegeans
 Z. Hofmanova et al. (including C. Leuenberger)
PNAS 113, 6886-6891 (2016)
Likelihood-free inference in high-dimensional models
A. Kousathanas, C. Leuenberger, J. Helfer, M. Quninodoz, D. Wegmann
Genetics 203 (2), 893-904 (2016)
An approximate model for the Wright-Fisher diffusion and its application to time-series data
A. Ferrer-Admettla, C. Leuenberger, J.D. Jensen, D. Wegmann
Genetics 203 (2), 831-846 (2016)
Parallel adaptations to nectarivory in parrots, key innovations and the diversification of the Loriinae
M. Schweizer, M. Güntert, O. Seehausen, C. Leuenberger, S. Hertwig
Ecology and Evolution 4, 2867-2883 (2015)
Explicit Bounds 
L. Dümbgen, C. Leuenberger.
In J. Steven Miller, ed. Benford's Law: Theory and Aplications; Princeton University Press (2015)
Taxon sampling and the optimal rates of evolution for phylogenetic inference
C. Leuenberger, J.P. Townsend
Systematic Biology 60(3) 358--365 (2011)
Analysis of ratios in multivariate morphometry
H. Baur, C. Leuenberger
Systematic Biology 60(6) 813--825 (2011)
Bayesian computation and model selection without likelihoods
C. Leuenberger, D. Wegmann
Genetics 184(1) 243--252 (2010)
Efficient approximate Baxesian computation coupled with Markov chain Monte Carlo without likelihood
L. Excoffier, C. Leuenberger, D. Wegmann
Genetics 182(4) 1207--1218 (2008)
Explicit bounds for the approximation of error in Benford's law
L. Dümbgen, C. Leuenberger
Statistics and Probability Letters 63(4) 361--365 (2003)
Benford's law for exponential random variables
H.-A. Engel, C. Leuenberger
Statistics and Probability Letters 63(4) 361--365 (2003)
Transversal group actions on CR manifolds and embeddability
Z. Balogh, C. Leuenberger
Tohoku Mathematical Journal, Second Series 55(4) 507--527 (2003)
Quasiconformal contactomorphisms and polynomial hulls with convex fibers
Z. Balogh, C. Leuenberger
Canadian Journal of Mathematics 51(5) 915--935 (1999)
Higher dimension Riemann maps
Z. Balogh, C. Leuenberger
International Journal of Mathematics 90(4) 421--442 (1998)
Lempert mappings and symplectic forms
Z. Balogh, C. Leuenberger
Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society 3289--3292 (1997)