Team members are citizen science volunteers not employed or paid. This colloborative J2-M172 Haplogroup Research was founded in 2013.

Honor code

Each Team member/collaborator/researcher is expected to (1 + at least one other point):

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

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>PH4970,Y14400; Publications: researchgate, figshare;
speaks: German, English, Italian; based in Central Alps;

Flor Veseli,
joined J2-Project team 2016; focus on J2b(-M241)>L283; Balkan history, STR & SNP analysis;
speaks: Albanian, English, Macedonian; based in Central USA;

kamelagKamal Al Gazzah,
founder of J2 Middle East Project 2009, haplotype analysis, Tunisia,
speaks: Arabic, French, English; based in Tunisia;

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>Y5178>Y5500; Druze Y-DNA;
speaks: Arabic, English; based in Lebanon/Kuwait;

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

Nebojša Novaković,
joined J2-Project team 2017; focus on J2b-M205 Balkan cluster,
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, inactive since 2013, focus on cluster and haplotype analysis, Phylogenetics,
M67>PF7394,Y6240>Z6264; Publications: GSchoolar;
speaks: English; based in New Zealand;

bonniesBonnie Schrack,
founder of J-Project 2006, inactive since 2013; focus on A/B, haplotype analysis, SNP and Phylogeny Research, ISOGG A/J,
PF5197>FGC16096>S15439,L198; Publications: researchgate, GSchoolar;
speaks: English; based in Eastern USA;

timjTim Janzen,
J-Project team 2009-2013, haplotype analysis, focus on Admixture/autosomal DNA, Mennonites, ISOGG J,
speaks: English; based in Western USA;

robertsRobert H. A. Sanders,
J2-Project team 2013-2020; focus on J2b-L283; cultural history, Benelux & Rhineland,
speaks: Dutch, English, German; based in Netherlands;

simonSimon Canning,
J2@FTDNA feed Mod 2016/2017;
speaks: English; based in New Zealand;

Eric H Mercer,
J2-Project team 2017; focus on J2a-M67>Z7671, STR & SNP analysis;
Z30686,Y17946; Publications: GSchoolar;
speaks: English; based in Eastern Canada;

Cooperation (STR & SNP research); activity differs

Community Moderators & Subclade Coordinators

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

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