Dan Bradley spent his early years on an Irish farm. After a degree in genetics from Cambridge University and a PhD in medical genetics from Trinity College Dublin he subsequently started to work on the genetics of each species present on that farm, including Irish humans, and has done for over 20 years. Current research focuses on ancient genomics. He holds a Personal Chair in the Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin, is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and is the holder of an ERC Advanced Grant.