I am a biomolecular archaeologist carrying out my Ph.D. on ancient oral microbiomes in the Department of Archaeogenetics at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
I originally trained as an Archaeologist at the University of York, where I specialised in palaeoproteomics. After which I moved to the Universität Tübingen to study for an M.Sc. in Archaeological Sciences, specialising in the palaeogenetics. During my time in Tübingen I also worked as a technician for a stable isotope lab.
My current area of research is centered on the ancient DNA content of fossilised dental plaque, also known as dental calculus. My sample set includes individuals spanning from the Palaeolithic to modern day. I am primarily exploring how we can analyse and authenticate the complex genetic makeup of this material through shotgun metagenomics.
Previously, I have worked on Late Pleistocene woolly mammoth mitochondrial genomes, as well as testing collagen ‘fingerprinting’ methods (ZooMS) on burnt skeletal remains.