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Department of Archaeology



Bharath Nair, born in Kerala, received his Integrated MSc in Chemistry from National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India (2018). Thereafter, he completed his PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Copenhagen as part of the TALENT Doctoral Fellowship Programme (2022) under the supervision of Prof. Matthew Collins and Prof. Carsten Wiuf. Subsequently he continued with his postdoctoral research at the Globe Institute, University of Copenhagen as part of the ERC funded Beasts to Craft (B2C) project. Currently, he is a postdoctoral research associate funded by the ERC B2C project.


I am interested in developing experimental and computational workflows to study the patterns of degradation in ancient proteins.

 Currently, I am investigating the degradation patterns of the model protein, Beta-lactoglobulin (BLG), and its peptides in solution by tracking the degradation products using mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics and quantifying the extent of racemization using reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC).

I aim to develop a universal model of protein decay using a combination of analytical and statistical methods.

Key Publications

Key publications: 

Nair, B., Rodríguez Palomo, I., Markussen, B., Wiuf, C., Fiddyment, S., and Collins, M. Parchment Glutamine Index (PQI): A novel method to estimate glutamine deamidation levels in parchment collagen obtained from low‑quality MALDI‑TOF data. Peer Community Journal,3, e10 (2023)

Bethencourt, J.H., Palomo, I.R., Hickinbotham, S., Nair, B., Soncin, S., Dieu, M., Collins, M. and Deparis, O. Data From “A Biocodicological Analysis of the Medieval Library and Archive From Orval Abbey, Belgium”. Journal of Open Archaeology Data, 10, 1 (2022)

Job Titles

Research Associate, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Biomolecular Archaeology

Contact Details

Henry Wellcome Building
Fitzwilliam Street


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