Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna

Althanstraße 14
1090 Vienna

Phone: 0043-1-4277-54721
Fax: 0043-1-4277-9547

Ron Pinhasi, PhD

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. His 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). In October 2012 he started his new position as Associate Professor at the School of Archaeology University College Dublin/Conway Institute. He currently holds a Starter ERC grant for a large interdisciplinary project which focuses on the integration of ancient DNA methods, isotope analysis, anthropology and archaeology to the study of the biology, mobility and behavior of past human populations during the last 45,000 years. This research also involves the opening of the first human ancient DNA laboratory in Ireland, at UCD, which from summer 2013 will analyse ancient DNA of over 1000 Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic human skeletons from across Europe.

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)

Conference Contributions

Cheronet O, Finarelli JA, Pinhasi R. (2015) Cranial shape and the transition to agriculture. 84th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, St Louis, Missouri, USA , 25-MAR-15 - 28-MAR-15.
Macintosh AA, Pinhasi R, Stock JT. (2015) Skeletal growth impairment and subsequent recovery with the introduction of agriculture in Central Europe. Poster Presentation, 84th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, St Louis, Missouri, USA , 25-MAR-15 - 28-MAR-15.
Novak M, Pinhasi R, ¿laus M. (2015) Forgotten children - a comparative assessment of subadult health in early medieval Ireland and Croatia. Poster Presentation, 21st Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists,, Glasgow , 02-SEP-15 - 05-SEP-15.
Sirak KA, Fernandes DM, Connell S, Pinhasi R. (2015) No longer the 1%: Optimizing ancient DNA yield from Saharan African samples. Poster Presentation, 84th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, St Louis, Missouri, USA , 25-MAR-15 - 28-MAR-16.
Galland M, Corny J, Friess M, Pinhasi, R. (2015) Evaluating the differential impact of diet and environmental factors on the shape of different cranial regions: perspectives for reconstructing modern human dispersals. Poster Presentation, 84th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, St Louis, Missouri, USA , 25-MAR-15 - 28-MAR-15.

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


Dr Robin Feeney (UCD Medicine, Co-supervising a PhD Student)

Prof. Frank McDermott (Geology, HoS) collaborating on a seed funding project (PI- postdoc Dr Marieke Stalhschmidt: "Ancient DNA from speleothems as a new paleoclimate proxy for Palaeolithic research: a pilot study in western Georgia"

Dr Jens Carlsson (Earth Institute): aDNA analysis of Thomas Kent, including a paper in press (Scientific Reports)

Dr John Finarelli (Earth Institute): Thomas Kent paper, and Morphological change in cranial shape following the transition to agriculture across western Eurasia (published in Scientific Reports).

I collaborate on human aDNA research with D. Reich and team in Harvard, and A. Manica's team in Cambridge.

I am collaborating with C. Warinner (U. Oklahoma USA) on the study of aDNA from dental calculus, with A. Daly (Liege) on aDNA of acromegaly and dwarfism, and with A. Zinc (Institute for Mummies and the Iceman, Bolzano), and D. Bradley (TCD, Dublin) on the study of pathogen aDNA, and aDNA analysis of the Ice Man¿s clothing.

I am collaborating on mammalian aDNA research with
Greger Larson, U. Oxford, (chicken), M. Hofreiter U. Potsdam (cave bear), P. Skoglund, Harvard, (canidae), and G. Bar-Oz, Haifa, U., (chicken, camel, cattle).

I am also collaborating closely (including training, research visits, and knowledge exchange) with aDNA labs in Yerevan-Armenia, Lodz-Poland, Hyderabad-India, and Jilin University, China.

I have been collaborating closely with J. Stock, (U. Cambridge), and N. von Cramon-Taubadel (U. Buffalo) on bioarchaeological projects. My collaborative network includes other researchers from universities in the US, Canada, South Africa, India, Mongolia, Russia, Japan, Australia, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Croatia, Hungary, Greece, Romania, Poland, and Latvia.