I am a Lecturer in Palaeoproteomics.
I received a BA in Anthropology and Ancient History and a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Auckland, before moving to York in 2012 to complete my PhD in the Department of Archaeology. After postdoctoral and group leader positions at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, I returned to York as a Lecturer in 2019.
My research focuses on developing and applying ancient protein analysis as a tool for understanding past dietary consumption practices and disease. In 2016 I received a Max Planck Society Donors Award to study traditionally-made dairy products and characterize their unique microbial fingerprints. Based now at BioArCh, my research aims to integrate proteomic methodologies alongside other techniques in archaeological science and archaeology.
Combining Archaeology with the sciences can yield rich insights into the human past. The Natural
Sciences programme is perfect for those who want to understand the origin and development of
humans and human cultures using cutting-edge biomolecular methods”