Our Team

Living DNA Leadership

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David Nicholson


David Nicholson is a successful biotechnology entrepreneur who founded DNA Worldwide Group in 2004 with the aim to transform the level of service provided and ensure true quality and care in the industry.

Hannah Morden

Hannah Morden


Hannah has owned and led global projects on brands such as Unilever and SC Johnson, dealing with up to 18 individual markets at any given time.

Dr. Martin Blythe

Principal Scientist

Before Living DNA, Dr Martin Blythe was the Lead Bioinformatician at DeepSeq, the core NGS facility at The University of Nottingham where he gained more than 5 years experience in applied bioinformatics.

Dr. Anne Westcott

Head of Science

Anne is an experienced molecular geneticist and has worked in bioinformatics and personalised genetics for more than 20 years.  

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Alan Morden

Creative Director

Alan Morden has spent his career helping define major brands at major advertising agencies over many years.

Alexander Cocker

Alexander Cocker

Senior Content Curation

Alex is an archaeology and anthropology graduate from the University of Bristol.

Michelle Underwood

Head of IT Security, Quality and Compliance

Michelle Underwood leads the teams international accrediations and certfications ensuring information technology security as well as quality and compliance across the company.

Esmee Mortimer-Taylor

Esmee Mortimer-Taylor

Client Support Manager

Esmee joined the Living DNA team in 2015, bringing over 10 years of advising and offering customer support in many different industries.

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Katie Welka

Senior Product Manager

Katie Welka is a genealogist who combines her passion for genetic genealogy with over a decade of experience in user-centric technology production.

Diahan Southard

Community and Education Outreach Manager

Diahan is an internationally known speaker and the founder of Your DNA Guide.

Academic Advisors

William Foley

Prof. William Foley

Professor of Linguistics - University of Sydney

William has worked in syntactic theory from a lexicalist approach and the role of semantics in syntax and have published extensively on this topic (Functional Syntax and Universal Grammar, Cambridge, 1984).

Grady Weyenberg

Dr. Grady Weyenberg

Autosomal Ancestry Test Development

Grady has a PhD and an MA in Statistics from the University of Kentucky, and a BS in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Arizona.

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Dr. Barbara Prainsack

Professor of Ethics - King's College London

Barbara Prainsack is a political scientist with expertise in the regulatory, social, and ethical dimensions of bioscience, biomedicine, and forensics.


Dr. Torsten Heinemann

Professor of Sociology - Hamburg University

Torsten Heinemann is Marie Curie Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and professor of sociology at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Hamburg.


Dr. Pille Hallast

Human Molecular Genetics - University of Tartu

Pille holds a PhD in Gene technology, specializing in the evolution of the Y chromosome and its genetic diversity both in humans and great apes, with a particular interest in Y chromosome and infertility.

Jens Wiehler

Dr. Jens Wiehler


Since January 2016, Jens manages a new “consumer DNA services” Eurofins business unit, focusing on laboratory service to B2C companies and offering also selectively directly to consumers.

Mark Jobling

Prof. Mark Jobling

Professor of Genetics - University of Leicester

Educated in Durham, Mark attended the University of Oxford to study Biochemistry in 1981.

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Dr Sarah Abel

Social Anthropologist - University of Iceland

Based at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at the University of Iceland, Sarah is looking at how current social and political applications of genetic research may be impacting notions of kin

Hannes Schroeder - Ancient DNA - University of Copenhagen

Hannes Schroeder

Ancient DNA analyses - University of Copenhagen

Hannes is Assistant Professor at the University of Copenhagen.

Dr Pierpaolo Maisano Delser

Population genetics and ancient DNA analyses – Trinity College Dublin

Pierpaolo is a Research Fellow based at the Smurfit Institute of Genetics (Trinity College Dublin) and visiting the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge.


Burkhard Rolf

Dr. Burkhard Rolf

Head of DNA Services

Dr. Burkhard Rolf holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Münster. He is the laboratory director at the Eurofins Medigenomix Forensik GmbH.

Team Member

Dr. Thomas Thykjaer

Head of Microarray Laboratory

Thomas Thykjaer holds a Ph. D. in molecular biology from Aarhus University. His scientific career has focussed on plant molecular biology, and later on cancer research.

Irene Gjermandsen

Irene Gjermandsen

Production and Project Manager

Irene Gjermandsen is Head of the Extraction Laboratory and Sample Repository at AROS/Eurofins.