Investigation of ancient biomolecules, both DNA and proteins, in anthropology, archaeology and human evolution, with a specific interest in the fields of nutrition, domestication, population genetics and kinship reconstruction. Development of chemical and biochemical methods to improve ancient DNA investigation, in particular in relationship to data reliability, sensitivity and inhibitory action of contaminants. Investigation of ancient proteins to support and expand information obtained from the study of ancient DNA.
- Better comprehension of biochemical alterations that affect ancient DNA molecules.
- Optimisation of methods for the evaluation of the amino acid racemization rate in samples from soil by HPLC.
- Hendrik Poinar, McMaster University, Hamilton (Canada).
- Alan Cooper, Ancient Biomolecoles Centre, Oxford University (United Kingdom).
- Eske Willerslev, Ancient Biomolecoles Centre, Oxford University (United Kingdom).
- Ian Barnes, University College, London (United Kingdom).