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Cambridge Infectious Diseases

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

Studying at Cambridge


Dr. Ivy Hui-Yuan Yeh 葉惠媛


  • Evolution
  • Infection
  • Anthropology
  • Epidemiology
  • Parasitology


  • Dysentery
  • Helminths

Key Publications

Wang, C.-C., Lei, S., Yeh, H.-Y., Wei, L.-H. 2016. The consistencies of Y chromosomal and autosomal continental ancestry vary among haplogroups. Journal of Forensic Science and Medicine. 2(4): 229-232.

Yeh, H.-Y., Mitchell, P. D. 2016. Ancient Human Parasites in Ethnic Chinese Populations.  The Korean Journal of Parasitology 54(5):565-572. DOI: 10.3347/kjp.2016.54.5.565.

Yeh, H.-Y., Chen, Y.P., Mitchell, P.D. 2016. Human Intestinal Parasites From the Wushantou Site in Neolithic Period Taiwan (800–1 BC). The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology. DOI:10.1080/15564894.2016.1218394.

Yeh, H.-Y., Mao, R., Wang, H., Qi, W., Mitchell, P.D. 2016. Early evidence for travel with infectious diseases along the Silk Road: intestinal parasites from 2,000 year old personal hygiene sticks in a latrine at Xuanquanzhi relay station in China. Journal Archaeological Science: Reports 9: 758-64. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.05.010. 

Liu, J.-Y*, Yeh, H.-Y.*, Liu, Y.C., Wang, L.Y., Liu, X. 2016. A Preliminary Result of the Carbon and Nitrogen Stable Isotope Analysis of the Hanben Site. In: Proceedings of 2015 Annual Conference of Taiwan Archaeologists, Ed. National Museum of Prehistory. Taitung, Taiwan. * denotes equal contribution.

Yeh, H.-Y., Prag, K., Clamer, C., Humbert, J.B., Mitchell, P.D.2015. Human intestinal parasites from a Mamluk Period cesspool in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem: potential indicators of long distance travel in the 15th century AD. International Journal of Paleopathology 9:69-75.

Yeh, H.-Y., Mitchell, P.D. Parasites and Baltic Crusading in Medieval Riga: Insights into Disease, Diet and Hygiene. In: Terra Sacra: The Ecology of Crusading, Colonisation and Religious Conversion in the Medieval Eastern Baltic. Ed. A. Pluskowski. Turnhout: Brepols (in press).  

Yeh, H.-Y., Pluskowski, A., Kalējs, U., Mitchell, P.D. 2014. Intestinal Parasites in a mid-14th Century Latrine from Riga, Latvia: Fish Tapeworm and the Consumption of Uncooked Fish in the Medieval Eastern Baltic Region. Journal of Archaeological Science. 49: 83-89.

Yeh, H.-Y., Mitchell, P.D. 2016. Intestinal parasites in the 15th Century cesspool at del Pilar, in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem. In: Clamer, C., Prag, K., Humbert, J.-B. (eds), Colegio de Pilar: Excavations in Jerusalem, Christian Quarter. Cahiers de la Revue Biblique. Peeters: Leuven. p.154-61.

Mitchell, P.D., Yeh, H.-Y., Appleby, J., Buckley, R. 2013.   The intestinal parasites of King Richard III. The Lancet 382: 888.

Yeh, H.-Y. 2010.    Development and review of physical anthropology in Taiwan, Man and Culture 41: 1-15.

Yeh, H.-Y. 2010.   An Osteomorphometric Perspective on Sexual Division of Labour of the Nia-sung Culture in the Shih-Chiao Site, Tainan County. In: Proceedings of the conference and workshop of Sitting and Chatting on Peinan Site: A Cross-Border Thinking and Integration of Fields, Ed. National Museum of Prehistory. Taitung, Taiwan.

Yeh, H.-Y. 2009.  Explanation for human remains in No.2 location of Lingding Site. In: Final report of investigation and research of Lingding Dakeng Site, Ed. Yu-Pei Chen. Hualien County, Taiwan: Cultural Affairs Bureau p.139-147.

Yeh, H.-Y. 2009.   Human remains. In: Final report of arrangement and research project of jar burial in Shih-Chiao site at Nanke special area, Ed. Yu-Pei Chen. Taitung, Taiwan: National Museum of Prehistory p.38-54.


Selected Prizes and Awards:

2015 Selected Poster Presentation (finalist), Biological and Biomedical Science Session, SET for Britain event, at the Houses of Parliament, UK. Topic: ‘Detecting Diseases in Past Civilizations: How Ancient Parasites Could Help Us Fight Modern Allergies’.

2013 Student Prize Award, Runner-up Podium Presentation Competition, British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO)


Selected Media:  

I. Richard III Project

II. Jerusalem  Project



I. Undergraduate Dissertation Mentoring,Mentoring during labwork. Division of Biological Anthropology, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge  

II. Supervisions/tutorials, Human Evolution and Health Course (BAN4), Division of Biological Anthropology, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge