PEOPLE

TEAM MEMBERS

Balázs Gyuris | Laboratory of Archeogenetics, Budapest

Alexander Herbig | Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig

Zuzanna Hofmanová | Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig

István Koncz | ELTE – Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

I graduated from the Institute of Archaeological Sciences at Eötvös Loránd University and I am currently finishing my PhD. I specialised in the archaeology of the early Medieval Carpathian Basin and Western Europe and archaeological theory with main interests in archaeology of identity, migrations and the use of scientific methods (isotopic and aDNA analyses). I participated in various projects with strong focus on the aforementioned scientific methods, such as ‘Changing Societies and Identities. Mobility and Population Transformation in the Carpathian Basin of the 5th to 7th Century A.D.’ a research project on the interaction, dietary differentiation and daily lifestyles of both vertical and horizontal social groups and ’Tracing Longobard Migration through DNA Analysis’ a project on the possible use of genetic analyses on early Medieval group movements.

In HistoGenes my task will be creating and maintaining a comprehensive database and integrating the various datasets (archaeology, physical anthropology, isotopes, aDNA) into a cohesive historical narrative.

Doris Pany | Department for Anthropology, Natural History Museum, Vienna

Guido Alberto Gnecchi Ruscone | Max-Planck-Institute for the Science of Human History, Leibzig

Levente Samu | ELTE Budapest

Yijie Tian | SUNY Stony Brook

Yijie Tian is a doctoral student at Stony Brook University who will handle the processing of the sequencing data for all 6,000 samples (both capture and WGS) from the point of raw sequencing reads to genotype calls as well quality control and basic population genetic analysis. She will coordinate with the sequencing centers in Jena and the elsewhere and will manage the storage and dissemination of all the genomic data.

Bendeguz Tobias | Institute for Medieval Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences

After completing my studies of Prehistory and and Early Medieval Archaeology at the University of Vienna, I received a scholarship from the Römisch Germanisches Zentralmuseum in Mainz. During the eight years in Mainz I completed a dissertation on early medieval smithing graves. From 2013-2019 I worked within the framework of two FWF research projects on „Late Antique and Byzantine weights in the Mediterranean area“ as well as „Contacts across the Alps“ at the University of Innsbruck.

Under the ERC Synergy Grant HistoGenes, around 6000 individuals will be genetically tested. In order to keep track of the vast amount of archaeological data, it is my task to help create the database for the project. Only then will it be possible to capture the historical dimension of the genetic data.

Deven Vyas | SUNY Stony Brook

Deven Vyas, a postdoctoral fellow at Stony Brook University, will perform the more advanced/sophisticated population genetic analysis and develop new population genetic methods (for example rare-variant methods) for analysis of this data. He works under close collaboration with the senior population genetics researchers in the US team as well as Stephan Schiffels at Jena.

Sandra Wabnitz | Institute for Austrian Historical Research, University of Vienna

From 2012 onwawrds I studied Sinology, History (BA) and Historical Research, Auxiliary Sciences of History and Archival Studies (MA) at the University of Vienna. 2020 I graduated with a thesis about the reprenstation of "barbarian" groups in early medieval latin and chinese historiography.

In my PhD I analyse cultural similarities between early medieval steppe peoples. Focusing on the Avars, the Bulgars, the Tuoba, the Turks and the Uighurs I do not only compare the accounts about these steppe peoples in historiographical, annalistic and chronographical texts of Latin, Greek and Chinese authors, but I also take into account archaeological finds as well as the latest genetic analyses.

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