This website covers the activity of Matthew Collins's resarch group who located at the Section for GeoBiology at the University of Copenhagen and the Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge. We work closely with Hannes Schroeder, Tamsin O'Connell and Frido Welker with whom we share a number of PhD students.
The group seeks to build from a fundamental understanding of protein decomposition mechanisms in order to apply methods from deep time to historical material culture using palaeoproteomics. Palaeoproteomics is the application of tools from biochemistry to study the survival and utility of protein remnants in the past. It covers the recovery of sequence to identiy proteins and tissues and patterns of decay which can shed light on the age and authenticity of remains.