Matthew Collins


Matthew Collins, FBA is a Niels Bohr Professor at the University of Copenhagen (60%) and the McDonald Chair of Palaeoproteomics, based at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research within the Department of Archaeology (40%). He previously founded BioArCh, a biomolecular archaeology group at the University of York collaboration between the departments of biology, chemistry and archaeology (BioArCh: Biology Archaeology, Chemistry).

In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy, the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences.


I conduct research on the persistence of proteins in ancient samples, using modelling to explore the racemization of amino acids and thermal history to predict the survival of DNA and other molecules. Using a combination of approaches (including immunology and protein mass spectrometry) my research detects and interprets protein remnants in archaeological and fossil remains.

With former PhD student Mike Buckley I developed ZooMS (Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry) a way to rapidly identify bone and other collagen based materials using peptide mass fingerprinting.

Contact details

Niels Bohr Professor of Palaeoproteomics University of Copenhagen

Natural History Museum of Denmark

m: +45 93 565659 a: CSS, Øster Farimagsgade 5, Bygning 7.101, (Floor 1 Rm 1), 1353 København K, Denmark

w: Palaeoproteomics Group e:

McDonald Professor of Palaeoproteomics University of Cambridge

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

w: +44 1223339297 m: +447955 888101 a: 2.4 West Tower, Downing St, Cambridge CB2 3ER, UK