Research and Training Team (beneficiaries)

University of Copenhagen (UCPH) 🇩🇰

The University of Copenhagen is the oldest university and research institution in Denmark. Founded in 1479, it is the second oldest institution for higher education in Scandinavia. The university has 23,473 undergraduate students, 17,398 postgraduate students, 2,968 doctoral students and over 9,000 employees. The university is a member of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks the University of Copenhagen as the best university in Scandinavia and 30th in the world and the 2016-2017 QS World University Rankings as 68th in the world. The university has had 8 alumni become Nobel laureates[8] and has produced one Turing Award recipient.

Enrico Cappellini

ESR 2 main supervisor, ESR 1 co-supervisor and Network Coordinator.

Enrico is Associate Professor in Ancient Proteins and co-leads the “Paleoproteomics” research group at UCPH. He published the first ancient proteome. He then applied this approach to achieve the first high-resolution reconstruction of an ancient oral microbiome and metaproteome. As a demonstration of his prominent role in paleoproteomics investigation he was invited to submit a “Perspective” piece by the multidisciplinary scientific magazine Science. Under Enrico's supervision, ESR 2 will design new protocols to better reconstruct which protein paint binders were used to paint statues and architectural decorative elements. ESR 2's project ultimately aims at more accurately reconstructing the original appearance of ancient painted objects. ORCID ID, ResearcherID

Christian Kelstrup

ESR 8 main supervisor, ESR 7 co-supervisor.

Christian is Associate Professor in Mass Spectrometry-based Proteomics and is pushing technological developments within the group of JVO. We have optimized widely used MS methods (Kelstrup et al., JPR, 2012), co-developed the latest MS instrumentation (Kelstrup et al., JPR, 2014), developed frameworks for studying non-tryptic, endogenous peptides with modifications (Secher & Kelstrup et al., ‎Nat. Commun., 2016), and contributed to several studies within the field of ancient proteomics (Orlando et al., Nature, 2013; Warinner et al.‎ Nat. Genet.,2014). Under Christian's supervision, ESR 6 will learn stringent sample preparation together with a deep understanding of how to generate the best data and interpretations. ORCID ID

Jesper V. Olsen

ESR 6 main supervisor, ESR 7 co-supervisor.

Jesper's work is focused on developing and applying high-performance mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics to unsolved questions in biology. His expertise covers all parts of the proteomics pipeline including advanced sample preparation, high-resolution tandem mass spectrometry and computational proteomics approaches. His team has developed technologies for detection of protein-protein interactions and protein post-translational modifications (PTMs). He is also co-developing next-generation MS instrumentation with leading vendors. In recent years JVO have been involved in developing and applying mass spectrometry to analyze ancient proteomes from a variety of sample types including archaeological dental calculus and fossilised bones.

University of Lille (UoL) 🇫🇷

The University of Lille (Lille 1) is a State University of Science, founded in 1562 by the Spanish. It became French in 1667. Louis PASTEUR was the first Dean of the Science University in 1854. Located in the University of Lille 1, the USR 3290 Miniaturization for the Synthesis, Analysis and Proteomics is a CNRS research and facility unit which is at the interface between chemistry by its membership to the FR 2638 (Research Federation), Michel Chevreul Institute and Biology by its membership to the FR 3688 (Research Federation) FRABIO. For the facility part, the USR 3290 MSAP is labeled IBiSA (Infrastructures in Biology Health and Agronomy) and is one of the sites of CNRS TGE FT-ICR (upgraded in January 2016 to Research Federation) and SIRIC platform from Lille (Site of Integrated Research on Cancer).

Caroline Tokarski

ESR 1 main supervisor, ESR 5 co-supervisor.

Caroline Tokarski is a member of the “Institut Universitaire de France”. Her research concerns methodological developments based on high-resolution mass spectrometry. In particular, she developed new methodologies for analysis of proteins, lipids, and polysaccharides from Cultural Heritage samples. She was recognized in 2011 by the Analytical Chemistry Division of the French Society of Chemistry for her developments in Cultural Heritage (Award 2011). She has supervised 7 PhD, 4 post-doc and 28 students of Master level (french and foreigner) in Mass Spectrometry thematics. She is the coordinator of the european JPI-JHEP project “LeadART” 2014-2017 involving 11 european partners among which are academic partners, private groups, and Rijksmuseum.

University of York (UoY) 🇬🇧

Founded in 1963, The University of York is renowned as a young research-led University. With a flat management structure that encourages interdisciplinary collaboration across departmental boundaries, UoY consistently out-performs all other large civic universities. The University is a member of the Russell Group, a leading organisation of UK universities committed to the highest levels of academic excellence in both teaching and research. UoY is also a member of the World University Network, a worldwide alliance of thirteen research-led universities, and is one of few universities less than 50 years old to reach the world top 100 (it has done so for 5 consecutive years); unsurprisingly, it is the top UK University under 50 years of age (Times).

Matthew J. Collins

ESR 3 main supervisor, ESR 4 co-supervisor.

Matthew has coordinated two Marie Curie Training Sites (Biogeochemistry and Gene-Time), and acted as coordinator of a third (Palaeo) and will Direct the MSC European Joint Doctoral Site, ArchSci2020 (2016-2020). Collins has supervised 19 PhD students, seven of whom have won tenured positions and six Marie Curie Fellows all of whom have enjoyed successful careers. His research focuses on the decay pathways of proteins, enabling him to both recover sequences in deep time, and to use patterns of protein decay as a geochronological tool. Collins’s research into ancient proteins has made significant contribution to the discipline of Archaeology as evidenced by his election as Fellow of the British Academy.

University of Naples (UoN) 🇮🇹

Founded by Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire Frederick II in 1224, the University of Naples “Federico II” is the most ancient state-supported institution of higher education and research in Europe and one of the largest universities in the world. The university offers courses in essentially all academic disciplines, leading to one hundred fifty five graduate level degrees. Research facilities provide support to all these courses. It is organized in 26 Departments, ranging from Humanities to Sciences, counting up to more than 2500 academic personnel. The Department of Chemical Sciences is among the largest ones, with about 100 academic staff, covering a wide range of international-level research activities, and an annual research income of around 15 million €.

Leila Birolo

ESR 5 main supervisor, ESR 2 co-supervisor.

Leila is an Associate Professor in Biochemistry. Her research activity is focused on proteomics and, in the last decade, on the application of proteomics to the diagnosis in the cultural heritage field. The adaptation of proteomics procedures to ancient proteins has been a central issue in samples ranging from bones to paintings (8 articles in the last 6 years on these subject), with a special interest in the search for molecular signatures for deterioration/ageing. At the moment, she is supervising 2 PhD students in Chemical Science with research projects in paleoproteomics.

Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPI) 🇩🇪

The Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPI) belongs to the Max Planck Society, an independent non-profit research organization dedicated to top level fundamental research. There are more than 80 Max Planck Institutes worldwide, 30 belong to the biology and medical section. The MaxPlanckInstitute of Biochemistry in Munich-Martinsried is a leading international research institution in the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology. It is part of the local life science campus in Martinsried, where two Max Planck Institutes (for Biochemistry and Neurobiology), the Helmholtz Center (former GSF Research Center for Environment and Health), the Gene Center, the faculties of medicine, biology and chemistry of the Ludwig Maximilians University.

Jürgen Cox

ESR 7 main supervisor, ESR 6 co-supervisor.

Juergen, Full Professor and PI, is a world leading authority on computational proteomics, Jürgen Cox is best known as the creator of the MaxQuant suite of computational proteomics algorithms and software programs, which have revolutionized the field of quantitative, high resolution proteomics. As has happened in biological fields many times before, Dr. Cox was originally trained as a theoretical physicist. He obtained his master's degree from the University of Aachen. He worked on computational modeling in statistical and particle field theory, for his PhD degree, which he obtained from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, US, in 2001. He is the coordinator of the MaxQuant summer school and supervised several PhD and Master students from all over the world.

Devro plc (DEVRO) 🇬🇧

Devro plc is a multinational company based in Moodiesburn, Chryston, Scotland which manufactures and distributes goods derived from collagen, principally sausage casings, a product in which it is the world leader. The firm also produces films, casings and other specialised collagen products for use in the health care and cosmetics industries. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange. Originating from Johnson and Johnson medical in the 1960’s Devro now exists as a private multi-national company manufacturing collagen based food films around the world. Within the group there are 6 manufacturing sites; 2 in Scotland, 2 in Czech Republic, I in USA and 1 in Australia, an additional site is being built in China.

Gordon Paul

ESR 4 main supervisor and ESR 3 co-supervisor.

Dr Gordon Paul is the Group Head of Research at DEVRO plc, where he leads a team developing new products and methods to process collagen. Dr Paul completed his PhD at Manchester University before completing 3 post-doctoral positions at Bristol University; specialising in the modification of collagen during wound healing, aging and disease. He subsequently moved to the University of Northampton where as a lecturer at the British School of Leather Technology, becoming Head of School in 2003. During this time he carried out contract research for industry related to collagen processing, taught undergraduate and post-graduate students and supervised 3 PhD students before moving to his current role at Devro; where he has worked for the past 12 years.

Research and Training Team (partners)

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek (NCG) 🇩🇰

The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is an art museum in Copenhagen, Denmark. The collection is built around the personal collection of Carl Jacobsen (1842–1914), the son of the founder of the Carlsberg Breweries. Primarily a sculpture museum as indicated by the name, the focal point of the museum is antique sculpture from the ancient cultures around the Mediterranean including Egypt, Rome and Greece, as well as more modern sculptures such as a collection of Rodin works which is considered the most important outside France. Dr Cecilie Brøns, Postdoctoral Scholar at the Museum, has been appointed as the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek contact person for the duration of the TEMPERA project.

Thermo Fisher Scientific (Thermo) 🇩🇪

Thermo Fisher Scientific (Bremen) GmbH is a world market leader in mass spectrometry. Product lines include high-resolution mass spectrometers (MS) for organic analysis, isotope ratio analysis, elemental analysis, and life science. Following development of breakthrough Hybrid Linear Trap- Orbitrap MS of LTQ Orbitrap family over the last decade, recent products of the company include an Orbitrap-only MS (Exactive Plus, Exactive EMR instruments), Hybrid Quadrupole-Orbitrap MS. Dr Thomas Moehring, Director Hardware Platform Management, has been appointed as the Thermo Fisher Scientific contact person for the duration of the TEMPERA project.

University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) 🇨🇳

The University of Chinese Academy of Sciences is a higher education institution established with the approval of the Ministry of Education, China, focusing on graduate education. The predecessor of UCAS was the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences (GSCAS), which was founded in 1978 as the first graduate school in China by approval of the State Council. UCAS graduated the first doctoral student in science, first doctoral student in engineering, first female doctoral student and first student with double doctoral degrees in China. Professor Yimin Yang has been appointed as the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences contact person for the duration of the TEMPERA project.

Fera Science Limited (Fera) 🇬🇧

Fera Science Limited is a translational science business, employing more than 500 people, including 350 scientists at the National Agri-food Innovation Campus. It turns expertise and innovation into ways to support and develop a sustainable food chain, a healthy natural environment, and ways to protect the global community from biological and chemical risks. At Fera, now a private and public sector joint venture, our role is to innovate and develop good, translational science that will protect and enhance food, plant, animal and environmental quality. Dr. Helen Grundy, Protein Biochemist, has been appointed as the contact person at Fera Science Ltd. for the duration of the TEMPERA project.

Support and Management Team

Mette Wenøe

TEMPERA Administrator & Special Consultant at EvoGenomics

Natural History Museum of Denmark

Sølvgade 83, Opg. S, 1307 København K

Phone: +45 353-30853



Karin Norris

Team coordinator for the post award team. Negotiation, administration, economy and reporting within the EU Framework Programmes.

Research & Innovation, EU Office

Universitetsparken 1, 2100 København Ø

Phone: +45 353-26345



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🇪🇺 This project has received funding from the European Union's EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 under Grant Agreement No. 722606. 🇪🇺