The research focuses on human demographic history and evolution in which emphasis is placed on Interdisciplinary approaches which combine aDNA genomics with archaeological and physical anthropological theory and methods.

  • Ancient DNA optimization from bones and teeth, following the major innovation of the petrous bone (
  • Reconstructing Holocene population history, admixture and migrations of various populations across the world.  This includes the study of major archaeological migrations/dispersals/transitions including the emergence and spread of agriculture, pastoralism, and the movements and interactions of populations across Eurasia during the Bronze Age.
  • Emphasis is placed on the study of skeletal samples with  medium-to-poor preservation from non-temperate world regions including Africa, Southeast and South Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, and the Pacific.
  • The study of selection including polygenic traits, such as stature and head circumference, and assessing correlations with corresponding anthropological (metric) data. Another focus is the study of dietary related loci in relation to dietary stable isotope analysis of prehistoric individuals.
  • The paleogenomics of archaic human taxa
  • Pathogen ancient DNA and the human oral microbiome
  • The paleogenomics of livestock taxa