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Dr Eva Fernandez Dominguez

Associate Professor

Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology+44 (0) 191 33 41141


Current grants

2021-2024. What's in a house? Exploring the kinship structure of the world's first houses. Leverhulme Research Project Ref. 84009. 

The project team comprises Dr. Eva Fernández-Domínguez (Project PI, Durham), Dr. Jessica Pearson (Co-I, Univ Liverpool), Dr. Jo-Hannah Plug (PDRA Univ Liverpool) and Dr. Kelly Blevins (PDRA Durham). In close collaboration with archaeologists from Syria, Jordan, Spain, France, the Netherlands and the United States, the team led by Dr. Eva Fernandez-Dominguez aims to explore the role of biological kinship in the organization of PPNA through to PN communities in the Northern and Southern Levant using a combination of ancient DNA and stable isotopes of mobility (Strontium and Oxygen).

2022-2026. A Regional Outlook on Ancient Migration (ROAM). 

This project, funded by the Special Research Grant of the University of Ghent and led by Prof. Isabelle De Groote, aims to generate regional-scale, multi- and inter-disciplinary insights into the mobility and lifeways of the first modern humans to settle permanently in southern Belgium. 

The project adopts a cross-disciplinary approach combining data from bioarchaeology (anthropology), archaeology, zooarchaeology, stable isotope analyses, proteomics, radiocarbon dating and ancient DNA. The ancient DNA part of the project is led by Dr. Eva Fernandez-Dominguez (Durham) and is being developed by Dr. Maïté Rivollat (Ghent/Durham).

  • PhD, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain - Dec 2005
  • MSc Health Expertise (Forensics), Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain 2009
  • BSc Biology, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain - 1998
Previous academic appointments
  • Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology (genetics), Liverpool John Moores University, School of Natural Sciences and Psychology, 2012-2015.
  • Post-doctoral Fellow Fundaçao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia, Universidade do Algarve. 2011-2012.
  • Post-doctoral Researcher Juan De La Cierva, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. 2008-2010.
  • Research assistant, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2005-2007
  • PhD Fellow, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona. 2004. 
  • PhD Fellow (Generalitat de Catalunya), Universidad de Barcelona. 1999-2003.
Postgraduate supervision

I would be interested in supervising postgraduate students in the following areas:

- Ancient human population genetics

- Modern human population genetics

- Forensic genetics

Research interests

  • Human population genetics (ancient DNA and modern DNA): genetic diversity, migration, kinship
  • Animal population genetics (ancient DNA and modern DNA): genetic diversity, migration Technical developments for ancient and forensic DNA work (sampling, extraction, genotyping)


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