Dr Matthew David Teasdale
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow



Matthew graduated with a BSc in human genetics (2007) and an MRes in bioinformatics (2008) from Newcastle University. He then moved to Trinity College Dublin to complete a PhD in genetics (2013) as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie initial training network LeCHE, specializing in the analysis of ancient DNA. Subsequently he conducted further postdoctoral research in archaeogenetics at Trinity College Dublin as part of the ERC funded CodeX project. Matthew joined BioArCh as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow in 2017.



My research interests centre on the use of genetic methods to understand the past, particularly using ancient DNA to investigate animal domestication and breeding. My current research focuses on the extraction and sequencing of DNA from manuscript parchment a time capsule of genetic information.


Selected publications

Teasdale MD*, Fiddyment S*, Vnouček J, Mattiangeli V, Speller C, Binois A, Carver M, Dand C, Newfield TP, Webb CC, Bradley DG, Collins MJ. The York Gospels: a 1000-year biological palimpsest. Royal Society Open Science. 2017. *Co-lead authors

O’Sullivan NJ, Teasdale MD, Mattiangeli V, Maixner F, Pinhasi R, Bradley DG, Zink A. A whole mitochondria analysis of the Tyrolean Iceman’s leather provides insights into the animal sources of Copper Age clothing. Sci Rep. 2016.

Frantz LAF, Mullin VE, Pionnier-Capitan M, Lebrasseur O, Ollivier M, Perri A, Linderholm A, Mattiangeli V, Teasdale MD, Dimopoulos EA, Tresset A, Duffraisse M, McCormick F, Bartosiewicz L, Gál E, Nyerges ÉA, Sablin MV, Bréhard S, Mashkour M, Bălăşescu A, Gillet B, Hughes S, Chassaing O, Hitte C, Vigne J-D, Dobney K, Hänni C, Bradley DG, Larson G. Genomic and archaeological evidence suggest a dual origin of domestic dogs. Science. 2016.

Park S, Magee D, McGettigan P, Teasdale MD, Edwards C, Lohan A, Murphy A, Braud M, Donoghue M, Liu Y, Chamberlain A, Rue-Albrecht K, Schroeder S, Spillane C, Tai S, Bradley D, Sonstegard T, Loftus B, MacHugh D. Genome sequencing of the extinct Eurasian wild aurochs, Bos primigenius, illuminates the phylogeography and evolution of cattle. Genome Biology. 2015.

Teasdale MD, van Doorn NL, Fiddyment S, Webb CC, O’Connor T, Hofreiter M, Collins MJ, Bradley DG. Paging through history: parchment as a reservoir of ancient DNA for next generation sequencing. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2015.

Gamba C, Jones ER, Teasdale MD, McLaughlin RL, Gonzalez-Fortes G, Mattiangeli V, Domboróczki L, Kővári I, Pap I, Anders A, Whittle A, Dani J, Raczky P, Higham TFG, Hofreiter M, Bradley DG, Pinhasi R. Genome flux and stasis in a five millennium transect of European prehistory. Nat Commun 2014.

External activities


British Society of Animal Science

Contact details

Dr Matthew Teasdale
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow
University of York
BioArCh, Environment building
Wentworth Way
YO10 5NG

Tel: 01904 328559