Jessica Hendy
Research associate



I received a BSc in Chemistry and a BA in Anthropology and Ancient History from the University of Auckland in 2011. After completing a BA (Hons) in Anthropology, also from the University of Auckland, I worked as a New Zealand based field archaeologist. From 2012 to 2015 I completed a PhD at the University of York, where, as part of the EUROTAST project, I focussed on the application of ancient proteins in order to understand past patterns of disease and diet in archaeological populations. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of York, where I apply ancient DNA and protein analysis in order to understand pathogenic exposure during the Industrial Revolution. 



In my current role as a PDRA on the Wellcome Trust funded project ‘A plaque on both your houses’ (awarded to Dr Camilla Speller) I focus on understanding pathogenic exposure during the British Industrial Revolution, a period of unprecedented urbanization and profound social and economic change.

My wider research interests focus on the application of biomolecular analyses to archaeological questions, including;   

1)    The use of ancient proteins for identifying past patterns of food consumption

2)    The evolution and impact of the human microbiome

3)    The detection of disease associated protein biomarkers

4)    Understanding the diet and health of enslaved individuals during the transatlantic slave trade 


Selected publications

Hendy J, Collins MJ, Yik Teoh K, Ashford D, Donoghue H, Pap I, Minnikin D, Spigelman M, Buckley M. (Accepted) The challenge of identifying tuberculosis proteins in archaeological tissues. Journal of Archaeological Science.


Hendy J, van Doorn N, Collins MJ (Accepted). ‘Proteomics’. Archaeological Science. Cambridge University Press


Kendall R, Hendy J, Collins MJ, Millard A, Gowland R (Accepted). Poor preservation of antibodies in archaeological human bone and dentine. Science and Technology in Archaeological Research


Ziesemer KA, Mann AE, Sankaranarayanan K, Schroeder H, Ozga AT, Brandt BW, Zaura E, Waters-Rist A, Hoogland M, Salazar Garcia DC, Aldenderfer M, Speller C, Hendy J, Weston DA, MacDonald SJ, Thomas GH, Collins MJ, Lewis, Jr CM, Hofman C, Warinner C. (2015). Intrinsic challenges in ancient microbiome reconstruction using 16S rRNA gene amplification. Scientific Reports 5: 16498. doi: 10.1038/srep16498


Warinner C*, Hendy J*, Speller C, Cappellini E, Fischer R, Trachsel C, Arneborg J, Lynnerup N, Craig OE, Swallow DM, Fotakis A, Christensen RJ, Olsen JV, Liebert A, Montalva N, Fiddyment S, Charlton S, Mackie M, Canci A, Bouwman A, Rühli F, Gilbert MTP, Collins MJ. (2014) Direct evidence of milk consumption from ancient human dental calculus. Scientific Reports 4: 7104. doi:10.1038/srep07104 *Equal author contribution


Warinner C, Rodrigues JFM, Vyas R, Trachsel C, Shved N, Grossmann J, Radini A, Hancock Y, Tito RY, Fiddyment S, Speller C, Hendy J, Charlton S, Luder HS, Salazar-García DC, Eppler E, Seiler R, Hansen LH, Samaniego Castruita JA, Barkow-Oesterreicher S, Teoh KY, Kelstrup CD, Olsen JP, Nanni P, Kawai T, Willerslev E, von Mering C, Lewis Jr CM, Collins MJ, Gilbert MTP, Rühli F, Cappellini E. (2014). Pathogens and Host Immunity in the Ancient Human Oral Cavity, Nature Genetics, 46(4). 336-344. doi:10.1038/ng.2906


Hendy J, Charlton S, Radini A (2013). Ancient dental plaque: An unexpected journey into the past. The Post Hole, 22.


Contact details

Jessica Hendy
Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of York
BioArCh, Environment Building
Wentworth Way
YO10 5DD

Tel: (44) 1904 328559