Mario Novak


Mario Novak is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Anthropological Research in Zagreb (Croatia) with a special interest in bioarchaeology, paleopathology, stable isotope and aDNA analysis.

Mario Novak received his PhD from the University of Zagreb (Croatia) in 2008. Between 2009 and 2013 he worked as postdoctoral researcher at the Croatian Academy of Science and Arts in Zagreb, and between 2013 and 2015 at the School of Archaeology, University College Dublin, Ireland. At the moment he serves as the Head of the Laboratory for Evolutionary Anthropology and Bioarchaeology at the Institute for Anthropological Research in Zagreb. His research deals with the reconstruction of past lifestyles through the analysis of human skeletal and dental remains with a special focus on health, diet and violence in ancient populations. In his work he uses a combination of conventional (bio)archaeological methods with more advanced techniques such as ancient DNA and stable isotopes analyses focusing on prehistoric and historic communities from Central / South-eastern Europe. At the moment he is the PI of the Croatian Science Fund project entitled “Bones, isotopes and genes: Health, diet and ancestry of the Roman period inhabitants of Croatia” as well as the Wenner-Gren Post-PhD Grant holder for the project entitled “Heavy metal: Rural and urban lead exposure during the Roman Empire”.