Michelle Hay

R 322
Gregory Building 
Lilybank Gardens
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ

R 514
Level 5
MVLS School of Life Science
Graham Kerr Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ

Research title: Development of a novel ancient pathogen DNA protocol to aid in identifying and understanding the impact of vector-borne diseases in relation to Viking movements and migrations circa 800 – 1000 AD

Research Summary

Research Interests and Expertise:

  • aDNA Protocol Development
  • Yersinia – extraction and identification of Yersinia variant strains from vector sub fossils
  • Historical Plagues & Evolutionary Biology
  • Disease Ecology & the Mechanisms for Transmission and Spread of Plague and other Vector-borne Pathogens including Borrelia and Rickettsia
  • Vector-borne Disease in the Viking World, Viking Migrations, Viking Trade Routes, Viking Society & Livestock Management, Migration Theory, Slave Trade & Silver Economy
  • Molecular Genetics, Molecular Immunology, Molecular Parasitology, Parasite Immunobiology, Developmental Biology, Advanced Neurobiology, Medicinal Microbiology, Biotechnology, Tropical Diseases & Drug Targets, Molecular Pharmacology, Mathematics, Computer Programming


Principal Organizer:

Poster Presentation & talk:

  • Michelle Hay. aDNA analysis for the extraction and identification of vector-borne disease in the Viking age period 800 – 1000AD. Early Medieval Archaeology Student Symposium (EMASS) 2019. The University of Durham & the University of Newcastle

Public Engagement

  • Global Women in STEM: 1MWS Campaign 2020
  • Michelle Hay. Disease in the Viking World Pint of Science 2019. Presentation of Research as part of Sickness in the Environment programme, Planet Earth. Wood Bar.
  • Michelle Hay. ARTBox 9th Exhibition. Selection of Archaeological and Zoological Illustrations. Graham Kerr Building. (MVLS). November 2019


  • Michelle Hay: Identifying Disease in the Viking World. Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Auditorium, National Museum of Scotland. Nov 2019.


Graduate Teaching Assistant

  • Archaeology in the Modern World 2019 (Archaeology) Level 1 & 2
  • Environmental Biology 2019 (MVLS) Level 2
  • Tropical Rainforest Ecology 2019 (MVLS) Level 4 Honours
  • Co-Leader of PGR GTA Forum for College of Arts Students
  • 2A Animal Biology, Evolution and Ecology (MVLS) Level 2
  • Twenty Things that Changed the World 2019 (Archaeology) Level 2
  • Animal Diversity 2021 (MVLS) Level 2
  • Academic Writing Skills Programme 2021 (AWSP), Learning Enhancement & Academic Development Service (LEADS)
  • Multidisciplinary, Level 1-4 Honours (UG) & Masters (PG)

GTA Field Trips

  • Archaeology in the Modern World 2019 (Archaeology) Level 1 & 2
  • 2A Animal Biology, Evolution and Ecology (MVLS) Level 2


  • Bute Field Trip Level 2 Theory and Practice 2019 (Archaeology non-GTA capacity)

MVLS Fieldwork Supervisor

  • Ecuador.  Tropical Rainforest Ecology 2019 (MVLS) Level 4 Honours

Course Design

  • Sutton Trust Archaeology Summer School 2020 
  • Access Archaeology 2020/21 - Contemporary Techniques and Technologies
  • Short Courses:
    • Bioarchaeology: Archaeology & Science 2020
    • The Vikings in Europe and Beyond 2020

Additional Information


  • MLITT Celtic & Viking Archaeology, The University of Glasgow
  • MRES Marine & Freshwater Biology, The University of Glasgow
  • BSc (Hons) Zoology, The University of Dundee


  • Stöð, Stöðrarfjörður, Iceland 2018 Fornleifafræðistofan, The Archaeological Office, Iceland.  
  • Excavation of 2 Viking Longhouses including the largest (45 meter) discovered Longhouse in Iceland.

Additional Qualifications

  • CMI accreditation Level 3 Award: Presenting for Success- Principles in Management & Leadership. University of Glasgow 2019.
  • Associate Fellowship of RET (RET AF), DAT HE. The University of Glasgow 2020
  • Fellow of Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSAscot) 2020

First Aid

  • Wilderness First Aid
  • High Peak First Aid Training (Urban, Wilderness & Hostile Environments)
  • First Aid at Work
  • High Peak First Aid Training (in Accordance with H&S (First Aid) Regulations 1981

Professional Learned Society

  • Scottish Higher Education Learning Developers (ScotHELD)
  • British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO)
  • Association of Environmental Archaeologists (AEA)
  • The Royal Society of Biology
  • The Genetics Society
  • The British Ecological Society
  • The British Society for Parasitology
  • The Association of Veterinary Teaching Research Work (AVTRW)