Research group: Past cultures and populations
UCD School of Archaeology
Newman Building, University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Applying new and innovative technologies to study the past is my broadest professional interest. Specifically speaking, I focus on the genomics of prehistoric human populations by directly accessing ancient DNA of Mesolithic and Neolithic individuals. The main questions I research about are migrations and trait selection, with an interest in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean islands, during the Neolithic expansions into Europe. I also have some interest in the Bronze and Iron age periods. Methodological experimentation and protocol optimizations for ancient DNA is also a topic that I work on.