All team members are citizen science volunteers not employed or paid. Since 2013 they collaborate directly in J2-M172 Haplogroup Research.

Honor code

Each Team member/collaborator/researcher is expected to:

  • respect the privacy and interests of donors and project members (additionally see FTDNA Admin Guidelines);
  • have experience with Y-STR genetic distance and Y-SNP haplogroup lineage research;
  • collaborate and share research with other team members;
  • do public phylogeny research (NextGenSequencing, SNPs, Trees, etc.);
  • do public STR-Haplotype cluster research (GD, TMRCA, etc.);
  • do public Haplogroup distribution research (Frequency Maps, Diversity Maps, ethnic background, ancient DNA, etc.);
  • provide as much support and advise as possible;

Research and Project Administration


chrisrChris Rottensteiner, (no single kit support/advise)
joined J-Project team 2012; focus on J2(a); SNP and Phylogeny Research, Infographics, Data Visualization, Design, Alpine DNA, PF5197>FGC16096; Publications: researchgate, figshare;
speaks: German, English, Italian; based in Central Alps;


Flor Veseli,
joined J2-Project team 2016; focus on J2b2a-M241; Balkan history, STR & SNP analysis; Z1296>PH2967;
speaks: Albanian, English, Macedonian; based in Central USA;


kamelagKamal Al Gazzah,
founder of J2 Middle East Project 2009, haplotype analysis, Tunisia, L24>Z7704>L192.2;
speaks: Arabic, French, English; based in Tunisia;


robertsRobert H. A. Sanders,
joined J2-Project team 2013; focus on J2b2a1-L283; cultural history, Benelux & Rhineland, Z1297>Z631;
speaks: Dutch, English, German; based in Netherlands;


naderdNader Daou,
joined J2-Project team 2015; focus on J2a-M319; STR analysis, history of the Near East and migration patterns within historical times (3000 BCE onwards), S18115>Y5500; Druze Y-DNA;
speaks: Arabic, English; based in Lebanon/Kuwait;


Hovann Simonian,
joined J2-Project team 2016; focus on J2 Armenia/Anatolia/Caucasus; Armenian history, Z6065>FGC15865;
speaks: English, Armenian; based in Switzerland;


Nebojša Novaković,
joined J2-Project team 2017; focus on J2b1-M205 Balkan cluster, PH4306>Y22066;
speaks: Serbian, English; based in Serbia;


Adrian Heathcote,
J2@FTDNA feed Mod since 2017; PF7412>SK1344; focus on J2@FTDNA Activity Feed Support
speaks: English; based in Australia;



angelacAngela Cone,
co-founder of J2-Project 2006, focus on cluster and haplotype analysis, Phylogenetics, M67>PF7394,Y6240; Publications: GSchoolar;
speaks: English; based in New Zealand;


bonniesBonnie Schrack,
founder of J-Project 2006; focus on A/B, haplotype analysis, SNP and Phylogeny Research, ISOGG A/J, PF5197>S15439; Publications: researchgateGSchoolar;
speaks: English; based in Eastern USA;


timjTim Janzen,
joined J-Project team 2009, haplotype analysis, focus on Admixture/autosomal DNA, Mennonites, ISOGG J, L24>PF5456;
speaks: English; based in Western USA;


simonSimon Canning,
J2@FTDNA feed Mod since 2016; Z6064>SK1363;
speaks: English; based in New Zealand;


Eric H Mercer,
joined J2-Project team 2017; focus on J2b-Z7671, STR & SNP analysis; Y11202>Z30686; Publications: GSchoolar;
speaks: English; based in Eastern Canada;


Cooperation (STR & SNP research)

Community Moderators & Subclade Coordinators

jackmdJackson M. Devoni,
founded J2 Facebook group 2007; focus on J2a; cultural history, South Italy and Anatolia/Armenia, Z6065>FGC15865;
speaks: English; based in Eastern Canada;


irakliIrakli Akhvlediani,
J2 Facebook Admin since 2015; focus on J2a; cultural history, Georgia/Caucasus, Z6049>SK1321;
speaks: Georgian, Spanish, Russian, Basque, English; based in Spain;