Department of Evolutionary Anthropology
University of Vienna

Althanstraße 14
1090 Vienna

Phone: 0043-1-4277-54721
mobile: 0043-664-60277-54721
Fax: 0043-1-4277-9547

Assoc. Prof. Ron Pinhasi

Ron Pinhasi received his BA in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Canada (1996), His MA from Katholike University Leuven, Belgium (1997) and his PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK in 2003.

He spent two years (2003-2004) in a Lise Meitner postdoctoral position at the Natural History museum, Vienna, examining the health status of early medieval Austrian populations.

He Held a Starter ERC Starter grant (2011-2015) for an interdisciplinary project which focused on the integration of ancient DNA methods, isotope analysis, anthropology and archaeology to the study of the biology, mobility and behaviour of past human populations during the last 45,000 years. This research led to >40 publications, and the analysis of human ancient DNA of over 3000 Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic human skeletons from across Eurasia, Africa and the Pacific.

He started his first lecturer position at Roehampton University, London, 2004-2007 and continued to a second lectureship position at the department of Archaeology, University College Cork, Ireland (2007-2012).

During 2012-2017 he was an Associate Professor at University College Dublin.

In July 2017 he started at his current position at the Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna.

Short Curriculum Vitae


1996 Institution: Simon Fraser University, BC
Qualification: BA
2003 Institution: University of Cambridge
Qualification: Dr Phil
1997 Institution: Catholic Univ of Leuven (KU)
Qualification: MA
2003 Institution: University of Cambridge
Qualification: PhD Subject: Biological Anthropology
1997 Institution: Katholike Universiteit Leuven
Qualification: Master of Arts Subject: Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology

Honours and Awards

2010:UCC Presidential Early Career Academic Achievement Award
2017:The Fabio Frassetto International Prize in Physical Anthropology,Academia Nazionale dei Lincei (Rome)

10 Key Publications

1. Mathieson I, Alpaslan Roodenberg S, Posth C, SzŽcsŽnyi-Nagy A, Rohland N, É Pinhasi R^, Reich D. 2018 The Genomic History Of Southeastern Europe. Nature doi:10.1038/nature25778.
2. Skoglund P, Mittnick A, Sirak K, Hajdinjak M, Rohland N, É1, PŠŠbo S, Patterson N, Boivin N, Pinhasi R^,, Krause J, Reich D. 2017. Reconstructing Prehistoric African Population Structure. Cell 171:59-71
3. Skoglund P, ÉPinhasi R*, Reich D. 2016. Genomic insights into the peopling of the Southwest Pacific. Nature 538:510-513.
4. Lazaridis J, ÉPatterson N, Pinhasi R*, Reich D. 2016. Genomic insights into the origins of farming in the ancient Near East. Nature 536:419Ð424.
5. Mathieson I, É Pinhasi R*, Reich D. 2015. Genome-wide patterns of selection in 230 ancient Eurasians. Nature 528:499Ð503.
6. Gallego Llorente M, ÉPinhasi R*, Manica A. 2015. Ancient Ethiopian genome reveals extensive Eurasian admixture in Eastern Africa. Science 350: 820Ð823.
7. Gamba C, É Bradley DG, Pinhasi R*. 2014. Genomic flux and stasis during five millennia of Hungarian prehistory. Nature Communications 5:1Ð9.
8. Pinhasi R*, Fernandes D, Sirak K, Novak M, Connell S, et al. 2015. Optimal ancient DNA yields from the inner ear part of the human petrous bone. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0129102.
9. Pinhasi R^., Fort J., Ammerman A.J. 2005. Tracing the origin and spread of agriculture in Europe. PLoS Biology 3(12): e410
10. Pinhasi R*, Higham, TFG, Golovanova LV, Doronichev VB. 2011. Revised age of late Neanderthal occupation and the end of the Middle Palaeolithic in the northern Caucasus. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 108:8611Ð8616.

Other Activities

Editorial Board Member
PLoS One (2014-)

Current Research Interests

- Human evolution, variation, demographic history and microeveoluion
- Middle-Upper Palaeolithic transition in the Caucasus
- Health in past populations and the evolution of pathogens and disease (ancient DNA studies of pathogens)
- Palaeogenetics: population history, selection, phylogeography
- Variability in human growth and development in past populations
- The origins and spread of agriculture in the Near East, Anatolia and Europe

Previous Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Charting early modern human survival, competition and adaptation in the Caucasus and Eastern Europe in the face of climatic oscillations and unfavourable environments
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-13 / 31-OCT-14

Sponsor : EC Framework (FP7)
Title : From the earliest modern humans to the onset of farming (45,000-4,500 BP): the role of climate, life-style, health, migration and selection in shaping European population history (ADNABIOARC)
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-12 / 31-DEC-15

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Equipment & light lab construction work for a new Human aDNA laboratory
Start Date / End Date : 07-MAY-13 / 06-MAY-14

Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Analyses of the quality of life in Europe during the Early Middle Ages (AD 500-1100) - Comparisons between human skeletal series from Ireland and Croatia based on bioarchaeological, ancient DNA and stable isotope data
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-13 / 30-SEP-15

Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Population variation following the Neolithic revolution: assessing the palaeogenetics of southern Europeans throughout the Neolithic
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-13 / 30-SEP-17


I have developed over these years a network of collaboration with leading scientists in the fields of paleogenomics, physical anthropology, and archaeology. It includes running projects and funding from the laboratories of David Reich (Harvard) and Jonathan Pritchard (Stanford), as well as close collaboration with the aDNA laboratory at Jilin University China. I am also collaborating on aDNA projects with Pontus Skoglund, Francis Kriek Institute, London, and with Liran Carmel, Hebrew University, Israel. I am also collaborating on research project with George Perry, Penn State University on the genetics and phenotypic variation of stature, health and growth in past populations. . I am also collaborating with Tom Higham, Oxford, Douglas Kennett, Penn State U, and Michael Dee, Groningen on the study of isotopic fractionantion (mainly carbon and nitrogen), collagen yields, and aDNA optimisation. At the University of Vienna, I am collaborating with Gerhard Weber on microCT scans of bones, and aDNA extraction and optimisation from both archaic homo and modern humans.

I have been collaborating for the past 13 years with Prof. Maria Teschler Nicola at the Department of Anthropology, Natural History Museum, Vienna, on anthropological and paleogenetic projects on Neolithic Bronze Age and Iron Age European populations and ancient Egyptians. The international research also involves collaborative agreements/MOUs with researchers from Mongolia, China, India, Russia, Albania, Italy, Slovakia, Serbia, Cuba, Colombia, and Brazil

Selected Publications

1. Jones et al. (2017) - The Neolithic Transition in the Baltic Was Not Driven by Admixture with Early European Farmers
2. Gonzales-Fortes et al. (2017) - Paleogenomic Evidence for Multi-generational Mixing between Neolithic Farmers and Mesolithic Hunter-Gatherers in the Lower Danube Basin
3. Siska et al. (2017) - Genome-wide data from two early Neolithic East Asian individuals dating to 7700 years ago