Meet Our Researchers

The Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires consists of around 30 research members. Click on the names below to find out more about the expertise of each researcher.

Saana Svärd, Director of the Centre and Team leader, Associate Professor in Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Antti Lahelma, Acting Director of the Centre and Team leader, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology
Jason Silverman, Team leader, Senior Researcher

Alex Aissaoui, Doctoral Student
Tero Alstola, Postdoctoral Researcher
Ossi Arpe, Doctoral Student
Johannes Bach, Postdoctoral Researcher
Rick Bonnie, Postdoctoral Researcher and Vice-team leader
Sebastian Fink, Postdoctoral Researcher
Elisabeth Holmqvist-Sipilä, Postdoctoral Researcher
Heidi Jauhiainen, Postdoctoral Researcher
Tommi Jauhiainen, Doctoral Student
Jutta Jokiranta, Professor of Hebrew Bible and Cognate Studies
Raz Kletter, Senior researcher
Gina Konstantopoulos, Postdoctoral Researcher
Paula Kouki, Postdoctoral Researcher
Heidi Kovanen, Doctoral Student
Lauri Laine, Doctoral Student
Krister Lindén, Research Director of Language Technology
Marta Lorenzon, Postdoctoral Researcher
Päivi Miettunen, Postdoctoral Researcher
Nina Nikki, Postdoctoral Researcher
Aleksi Sahala, Doctoral Student
Suzie Thomas, Professor of Cultural Heritage Studies
Joanna Töyräänvuori, Postdoctoral Researcher
Caroline Wallis, Postdoctoral Researcher
Melanie Wasmuth, Postdoctoral Research and Vice-teamleader
Shana Zaia, Postdoctoral Researcher

Taru Auranne, Project Coordinator