BioArCh People

BioArCh tea room

Academic Staff

Dr Michelle Alexander 
Stable Isotope Analysis, Ancient DNA

Dr André Colonese 
Environmental and Biomolecular Archaeology

Professor Oliver Craig 
Archaeological Chemistry, Stable Isotope Analysis

Dr Jessica Hendy 
Palaeoproteomics

Malin Holst 
Human Osteoarchaeology

Dr David Orton 
Zooarchaeology, Neolithic Balkans

Dr Kirsty Penkman
Geochronology and Archaeological Chemistry

Dr Alice Toso 
Associate Lecturer

Dr Nathan Wales 
Palaeogenomics

Research Staff

Dr Marc Dickinson
Research Fellow 

Dr Léa Drieu 
Postdoctoral Research Assistant 

Miss Miranda Evans
Research Assistant (TEMPERA network)

Dr Sarah Fiddyment 
Research Fellow

Dr Alexandre Lucquin
Postdoctoral Research Assistant 

Dr Aurélie Manin 
Research Fellow

Dr Anita Radini 
Research Fellow

Dr Harry Robson 
Research Fellow

Dr Matthew Teasdale 
Research Fellow

PhD Students

  • Manon Bondetti 
  • Blessing Chidimuro
  • Sarah Delaney
  • Özge Demirci
  • Isabella Gaffney
  • Eleanor Green
  • Alison Harris
  • Theis Jensen
  • Jasmine Lundy
  • Aurore Monnereu
  • Mariana Muñoz-Rodríguez
  • James Nottingham
  • Anne Kathrine Runge
  • Silvia Soncin
  • Carla Soto Quintana
  • Edward Standall
  • Alice Ughi

Support and Technician Staff

Josie Thomas 
Finance and Research Administrator 

Helen Talbot 
Experimental Officer

Matthew von Tersch 
Senior Laboratory Technician

BioArCh Alumni

Professor Matthew Collins (2003-2016)
Now dividing his time between the Universities of Copenhagen and Cambridge, Matthew came to York in 2003 and founded the BioArCh facility.  

Dr Beatrice Demarchi (2006-16) after completing her PhD as a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher on the Geochronology of coastal prehistoric environments she remained at York as a postdoctoral researcher on the NERC funded 'Building a Better Egg Timer' and the EPSRC project 'Hard Soft Matter Interfaces. Beatrice is now

Dr Mike Buckley (2006-10) completed a NERC funded PhD followed by a postdoctoral research position researching bone collagen with Matthew Collins. Mike went on to work at the University of Bournemouth before taking up a NERC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Manchester.

Dr Enrico Cappellini (2004-08) came to York on a Marie Curie Research Fellowship working on the restoration of the past genetic heritage and proteomics with Matthew Collins. Enrico went on to the Statens Naturhistoriske Museum in Copenhagen as an Assistant Professor of Geogenetics.

Dr Cynthianne Debono Spiteri (2008-12) completed a PhD on ‘Pottery use at the transition to agriculture in the western Mediterranean: evidence from biomolecular and isotopic characterisation of organic residues in Impressed/Cardial Ware vessels’ under the supervision of Oliver Craig. Cynthianne went to a postdoctoral research position working on plant foods in hominin dietary ecology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology In Leipzig.

Dr Sophy Charlton (2012-16) completed a PhD with Michelle Alexander. Sophy went on to be a postdoctoral researcher at the Natural History Museum on an ERC funded project Up-North. 

Dr Frederick ‘Freder’ Feulner (2009-11) came to York as a postdoctoral researcher working with Matthew Collins on the Marie Curie International Training Network, LeCHE. Freder went on to work with Holtenauer Verlag on under water sites in Northern Germany.

Dr Karen Hardy (2005-08) came to York as a Marie Curie Research Fellow working with Matthew Collins on diagenesis of ancient starch. Karen is now a Research Professor at Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona.

Dr Hannah Koon (2006-10) was a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow working with Matthew Collins on the development of tools to detect sub-clinical pathology in scorbutic bone. Hannah went on to a Lecturship in Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford.

Dr Lisa Shillito (2010-13) was a postdoctoral research associate working with Oliver Craig on the Feeding Stonehenge project. Lisa went on to work as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.

Dr Joanna Simpson (2011-14) completed a NERC funded PhD with Matthew Collins and Kirsty Penkman 'Investigating the relationship between glutamine deamidation and collagen breakdown in bone'. Joanna is a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh.

Dr Caroline Solazzo (2009-12) was a Marie Curie Research Fellow working with Matthew Collins on textile and hair proteomics. Caroline went on to be a Research Scientist at the Smithsonian Institution.

Dr Karine Taché (2011-13) came to York as a Marie Curie Research Fellow working with Oliver Craig on early pottery uses in North Eastern North America. Karine went on to be a Professor at Queens College, City University of New York

Dr Nienke van Doorn (2008-12) completed a PhD with Matthew Collins funded through the Marie Curie International Training Network, LeCHE. Nienke went on to be Collections Manager with the York Archaeological Trust.

Dr Isabella von Hostein (2008-12) completed a PhD with Matthew Collins on ‘A light stable isotope approach to identifying movement of medieval textiles in North West Europe’. Isabella went on to be a postdoctoral researcher at Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel.

Dr Igor Gutiérrez Zugasti (2011-13) came to York as a Newton International Fellow working with Geoff Bailey on the exploitation of coastal resources by hunter gatherers across the Upper Palaeolithic and the Mesolithic in Northern Spain. Igor went on to work at the Universidad de Cantabria.

Dr Camilla Speller Palaeomics
Camilla joined BioArCh in 2012 as a Marie Curie postdoctoral research fellow (EU-IIF) , before becoming a Lecturer and Director of the Ancient DNA laboratory at York in 2014. 

Dr Miriam Cubas 
Research Fellow

Dr Kristine Korzow Richter 
Research Fellow

Dr Laura Llorente-Rodriguez 
Research Fellow

Dr Ashley Coutu 
Research Fellow