University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Department of Anthropology

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Ripan S Malhi Phd


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Research Interests

Peopling of the Americas

Evolutionary Genetics



Book Contributions

  • Smith, D.G., R.S. Malhi, J.A. Eshleman, F.A. Kaestle, and B.M. Kemp. "Paleoamerican Origins: Beyond Clovis." Mitochondrial DNA Haplogroups of Paleoamericans in North America. Texas A&M University Press, 2005.
  • Kemp, B.M., A. Resendez, J.A.R. Berrelleza, R.S. Malhi, and D.G. Smith. "Biomolecular Archaeology: Genetic Approaches to the Past." An analysis of ancient Aztec mtDNA from Tlatelolco: Pre-Columbian relations and the spread of Uto-Aztecan. Carbondale University Press, 2005.
  • Malhi, R.S., M. Van Tuinen, J. Mountain, and L. Hadley. "Catalhoyuk Research Project 4, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research." Pilot project: Catalhoyuk ancient DNA project. British Institute at Ankara Monograph 38, 2005.
  • Smith, D.G., B.K. Rolfs, F.A. Kaestle, R.S. Malhi, and G.H. Doran. "Serum albumin phenotypes and a preliminary study of the mtDNA haplogroups of the prehistoric population of Windover." Multidisciplinary Investigations at Windover. Ed. G.H. Doran. University of Florida Press, 2002.
  • Smith, D.G., R.S. Malhi, J.A. Eshleman, and F.A. Kaestle. "Mitochondrial DNA haplogroups of Paleoamericans in North America." Beyond Clovis: Where We Have Been, Where We Are, and Where We Are Going. Ed. R. Bonnichsen, R. Gruhn, D.G. Steele, D. Stanford, B. Lepper, and C.N. Warren. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 2002.

Journal Articles

  • Wilson, B.J., S.J. Crockford, J.W. Johnson, R.S. Malhi, and B.M. Kemp. "Genetic and archaeological evidence for a former breeding population of Aleutian Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii leucopareia) on Adak Island, central Aleutians, Alaska." Canadian Journal of Zoology 89.8 (2011): 732-743.
  • Satkoski, J.A., J. Trask, W.T. Garnica, R.S. Malhi, S. Kanthaswamy, and D.G. Smith. "High-throughput single-nucleotide polymorphism discovery and the search for candidate genes for long-term SIVmac nonprogression in Chinese rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)." Journal of Medical Primatology 40.4 (2011): 224-32.
  • Malhi, R.S., J.S. Trask, M. Shattuck, J. Johnson, D. Chakraborty, S. Kanthaswamy, U. Ramakrishnan, and D.G. Smith. "Genotyping single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) across species in Old World Monkeys." American Journal of Primatology 73.10 (2011): 1031-40.
  • Trask, J.A., R.S. Malhi, S. Kanthaswamy, J. Johnson, W.T. Garnica, V.S. Malladi, and D.G. Smith. "The effect of SNP discovery method and sample size on estimation of population genetic data for Chinese and Indian rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)." Primates (2011):
  • Trask, J.S., W.T. Garnica, S. Kanthaswamy, R.S. Malhi, and D.G. Smith. "4040 SNPs for genomic analysis in the rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta)." Genomics (2011):
  • Malhi, R.S., J.S. Cybulski, R.Y. Tito, J. Johnson, H. Harry, and C. Dan. "Brief communication: mitochondrial haplotype C4c confirmed as a founding genome in the Americas." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 141 (2010): 494-7.
  • Luetkemeier, E.S., M. Sodhi, L.B. Schook, and R.S. Malhi. "Multiple Asian pig origins revealed through genomic analyses." Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 54 (2010): 680-6.
  • Kemp, B.M., A. Gonzalez-Oliver, R.S. Malhi, C. Monroe, K.B. Schroeder, J. McDonough, G. Rhett, A. Resendez, R.I. Pealoza-Espinosa, L. Buentello-Malo, C. Gorodesky, and D.G. Smith. "Evaluating the Farming/Language Dispersal Hypothesis with genetic variation exhibited by populations in the Southwest and Mesoamerica." PNAS 107 (2010): 6759-64.
  • Malhi, R.S., K.B. Schroeder, and B.M. Kemp. "Uses and limitations of genetic data relating to Athapskan migrations: a reply to Seymour." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 140 (2009): 203-4.
  • Schroeder, K.B., M. Jakobsson, M.H. Crawford, T.G. Schurr, S.M. Boca, D.F. Conrad, R.Y. Tito, L.P. Osipova, L.A. Taraskaia, S.I. Zhadanov, J.D. Wall, J.K. Pritchard, R.S. Malhi, D.G. Smith, and N.A. Rosenberg. "Haplotypic background of a private allele at high frequency in the Americas." Molecular Biology and Evolution 26 (2009): 995-1016.
  • Luetkemeier, E.S., R.S. Malhi, J.E. Beever, and L.B. Schook. "Diversification of porcine MHC class II genes: evidence for selective advantage." Immunogenetics 61 (2009): 119-29.
  • Malhi, Ripan S., Angelica Gonzalez-Oliver, Brian M. Kemp, and Kari B. Schroeder. "Distribution of Y chromosomes among native North Americans: a study of Athapaskan population history." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 137 (2008): 412-424.
  • Satkoski, J.A., R.S. Malhi, S. Kanthaswamy, R. Tito, V. Malladi, and D.G. Smith. "Pyrosequencing as a method for SNP identification in the rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta)." BMC Genomics 9 (2008): 256.
  • Tamm, Erika, Toomas Kivisild, and Ripan S. Malhi. "Beringian Standstill and Spread of Native American founders." PLoS ONE e829 (2007):
  • Malhi, Ripan S., Brad Sickler, Dawei Lin, Jessica Satkoski, Raul Tito, Deborah George, Sree Kanthaswamy, and David G. Smith. "MamuSNP: A resource for rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) genomics." PLoS ONE e438 (2007):
  • Malhi, R.S., B.M. Kemp, J.A. Eshleman, J. Cybluski, D.G. Smith, S. Cousins, and H. Harry. "Haplogroup M Discovered in Prehistoric North America." Journal of Archaeological Science 34 (2007): 642-648.
  • Kemp, B.M., R.S. Malhi, J. McDonough, D.A. Bolnick, J.A. Eshleman, O. Rickards, C. Martinez-Labarga, J.R. Johnson, J.G. Lorenz, J. Dixon, T.E. Fifield, T. Heaton, R. Worl, and D.G. Smith. "Timing of the peopling of the Americas: genetic analysis of an early Holocene skeleton." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 132 (2007): 605-621.
  • Cybulski, J.S., A.D. McMillan, R.S. Malhi, B.M. Kemp, H. Harry, and S. Cousins. "The Big Bar Lake Burial: Middle Period Human Remains from the Canadian Plateau." Canadian Journal of Archaeology 31 (2007): 55-78.
  • Schroeder, K.B., R.S. Malhi, and D.G. Smith. "Opinion: Native American Participation in Genetic Research." Evolutionary Anthropology 13.3 (2006): 88-92.
  • Malhi, R.S., G. Rhett, and A.M. Bell. "Mitochondrial DNA evidence of an early Holocene population expansion of threespine sticklebacks from Scotland." Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 40 (2006): 148-154.
  • Malhi, R.S., and A.J. Schilling. "Discovering your Native American heritage using genetic ancestry testing." New Mexico Genealogist December (2005):
  • Malhi, R.S., K.E. Breece, B.A.S. Shook, F.A. Kaestle, J.C. Chatters, S. Hackenberger, and D.G. Smith. "Patterns of mtDNA diversity in Northwestern North America." Human Biology 76 (2004): 33-54.
  • Eshleman, J.A., R.S. Malhi, J.R. Johnson, F.A. Kaestle, J.G. Lorenz, and D.G. Smith. "Mitochondrial DNA and prehistoric settlements: Native migrations on the Western edge of North America." Human Biology 76 (2004): 55-75.
  • Malhi, R.S., H.M. Mortensen, J.A. Eshleman, J.G. Lorenz, F.A. Kaestle, J.R. Johnson, C. Gorodesky, and D.G. Smith. "Native American mtDNA prehistory in the American Southwest." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 120 (2003): 108-124.
  • Eshleman, J.A., R.S. Malhi, and D.G. Smith. "Mitochondrial DNA studies of Native Americans: Conceptions and misconceptions of the population prehistory of the Americas." Evolutionary Anthropology 12 (2003): 7-18.
  • Malhi, R.S., J.A. Eshleman, J.A. Greenberg, D.A. Weiss, B.A. Schultz, B.M. Kemp, F.A. Kaestle, J.G. Lorenz, J.R. Johnson, and D.G. Smith. "The structure and diversity within New World mtDNA haplogroups: Implications for the prehistory of North America." American Journal of Human Genetics 70 (2002): 905-919.
  • Malhi, R.S., and D.G. Smith. "Brief Communication: Haplogroup X confirmed in Prehistoric North America." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 119 (2002): 84-88.
  • Malhi, R.S., B.A. Schultz, and D.G. Smith. "Distribution of mitochondrial DNA lineages among Native American tribes of Northeastern North America." Human Biology 73 (2001): 23-51.
  • Smith, D.G., J.G. Lorenz, B.K. Rolfs, R.L. Bettinger, B. Green, J.A. Eshleman, B.A. Schultz, and R.S. Malhi. "Implications of the distribution of Albumin Naskapi and Albumin Mexico for New World Prehistory." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 111 (2000): 557-572.
  • Smith, D.G., R.S. Malhi, J.A. Eshleman, J.G. Lorenz, and F.A. Kaestle. "Distribution of mtDNA Haplogroup X among Native North Americans." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 110 (1999): 271-284.
  • Bettinger, R.L., R.S. Malhi, and H. McCarthy. "Central place models of acorn and mussel processing." Journal of Archaeological Science 24 (1997): 887-899.


  • Malhi, R.S.. Rev. of The First Americans Race, Evolution, and the Origins of Native Americans. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 135 (2007): 492-493.