Meet our team 

ARETI aims to strengthen collaborations and synergies between different institutions and organisations in Cyprus and abroad, including the Cyprus Institute, The Cyprus Agricultural Research Institute, The Smurfit Institute of Genetics (Trinity College Dublin) as well as several NGOS such as BirdLife Cyprus and Cyprus Natural History Museum. In addition, ARETI collaborates with local farmers and breeders of the indigenous cattle breed as well as craftspeople, who will recreate cattle figurines! By uniting scholars from different disciplines, cattle breeders and local policy makers, educators and schoolchildren, the project aims to create growth prospects for the island and tackle challenges for future economic and social development.

 

Anna Spyrou (ARETI’s Principal Investigator)

STARC, The Cyprus Institute

 

Anna has a Bachelor degree in Archaeology and History of Art from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece) and an MSc in Environmental Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (UCL). Her first postdoctoral research, at the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) focused on cattle management practices in Neolithic and Bronze Age Cyprus through the application of stable isotopic approaches. Anna is interested in exploring the different ways Zooarchaeology can move beyond its strict academic boundaries to engage the wider public, including local communities, famers, craftspeople and young children and contribute to a sustainable future.

 

Georgia Hadjipavlou (Collaborator)

Agricultural Research Institute

Georgia Hadjipavlou has received BSc and MSc Degrees in Biochemistry and Biology from Brandeis University, U.S.A., and a PhD in Cell, Animal and Population Biology (Quantitative Genetics) from the University of Edinburgh, U.K. Georgia is the Head of Animal Breeding and Genetics Unit at the Department of Animal Production of the Agricultural Research Institute in Cyprus. She is also adjunct assistant professor at the Cyprus Institute in Cyprus. Georgia uses quantitative and statistical genetic techniques, bioinformatics and molecular biology approaches to perform genetic evaluations and selection for ruminants, dissect the genetic components and map quantitative trait loci and polymorphisms affecting production, disease and other important traits in local livestock populations. Georgia’s research endeavors within ARETI focus on developing and implementing genomic approaches for creating breed-specific genomic profiles for tracing animal-derived products, and for genomic management of biodiversity in the local Cyprus cattle population.

 

 

Daniel Bradley (Collaborator)

The Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College, Dublin

Daniel Bradley is specialised on population genetics and leads the Smurfit Institute of Genetics’ laboratory, at Trinity College, Dublin. Together with his research team, professor Bradley is researching ancient genomes of cattle, sheep and goat. He pioneered ancient DNA analysis of domesticates showing that the origins of cattle herding in Europe lay in wholesale importation of animals from Anatolia, not in local innovation. In addition, Professor Bradley’s laboratory sequenced the first aurochs’ genome, providing evidence for wild introgression in the ancestry of European domesticates. In 2020, Daniel Bradley has been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant for his project entitled, AncestralWeave, which focuses on investigating ancient genomes of cattle, sheep and goat, with the goal of better understanding when and where selective breeding, agricultural practices and periods of ancient human innovation shaped the breeds.