Frido Welker

Frido Welker


I am a postdoctoral research fellow in the Ancient Protein research group led by Dr. Enrico Cappellini at the Globe Institute, University of Copenhagen. I am interested in the study of ancient proteins in Human Evolution. My research utilizes mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics to extract and analyse ancient protein sequences from ancient human and fauna samples spanning several continents and the entire Pleistocene. I have a particular interest in studying the evolutionary relationships between extinct hominins via ancient protein analysis and exploring their behaviour through studying associated fauna remains and zooarchaeological datasets.

My current research focuses on the recovery and MS-based analysis of increasingly older fauna and hominin proteins, primarily for phylogenetic purposes. This research is supported by a VILLUM Foundation grant, awarded to Dr. Enrico Cappellini, a Leakey Foundation research grant, and a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (2018-2020). In addition, together with the MPI-EVA in Leipzig (Germany), I am involved in the implementation of large-scale MALDI-TOF-MS analysis of fragmentary bone assemblages (ZooMS) to elucidate past hominin distributions and hominin-fauna interactions across Eurasia.

Prospective students.

Are you interested in ancient proteins? Do you have a background in mass spectrometry, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, archaeology or anthropology? We are always interested in motivated students. Prior experience with ancient proteins is NOT required. frido.welker [at]



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