George Janzen

M.A., B.Sc.
Research assistant/Doctoral student

At the working group since February 2022 and responsible for lipid analyses on archaeological pottery using gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GC-MS) or flame ionization detection (GC-FID).

Working title of the doctoral thesis: tbd

Curriculum vitae

2018–21: B.Sc. Chemistry, University of Leipzig (Thesis: Mass spectrometric analysis of Amadori-phosphatidylethanolamine products in bovine milk, supervised by Prof. Dr. Ralf Hoffmann)

2015–19: M.A. Medieval and Modern History, University of Leipzig (Thesis: Change and continuity in Ukrainian trade. An analysis of 'Ukrainskie ârmarki' by Ivan Aksakov, supervised by Prof. Dr. Markus Denzel)

2011–15: B.A. History, University of Leipzig (Thesis: Land routes to India. Trade in Central Asia and the context between routes and global powers, supervised by Prof. Dr. Markus Denzel)


  • Paleolipidomics and Organic Residue Analysis (ORA) for archaeological and anthropological research
  • Decomposition products of metabolites as biomarkers of ancient diets, trade, and mobility
  • Organic chemical synthesis of biomarker derivatives and analogs
  • Surface imaging to minimize destructive analysis