Teaching Staff

Prof.Dr. Niels LYNNERUP, MD, PhD
Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Copenhagen

Niels Lynnerup received his PhD from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1995. He is currently head of the Unit of Forensic Anthropology at the Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Copenhagen. His forensic and biological anthropological research comprises both the living (photogrammetry, gait analyses) as well as the dead (mass grave analyses, paleodemography, stable isotopes, aDNA, radiocarbon techniques and the utilization of CT-scanning and 3D visualisation techniques to study mummies and bog bodies). Key publications include Mummies


Leandra NAEF
Alpine Archaeology, University of Zurich


Dr. Kurt NicolussiAo.Univ.Prof.Dr. Kurt NICOLUSSI
Institute of Geography, University of Innsbruck

Areas of research: tree ring analysis (dendrochronology), environmental and climatic history of the Alps during the post-glacial period.


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Klaus OegglUniv.Prof.Dr. Klaus OEGGL
Institute for Botany, University of Innsbruck

Klaus Oeggl is professor for palynology and archaeobotany at the Institute for Botany at the University of Innsbruck. In his research he focuses on how humans, plants and the climate interact in alpine settings. Since the discovery of Ötzi the Iceman he has been involved in carrying out archeobotanical analyses on the objects found with the mummified body. His most recent research has looked at the spread of metallurgy and its impact in the past on the environment in the Eastern Alps.


Dr. Walther Parson

Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Walther PARSON
Institute of Legal Medicine, Innsbruck

Walther Parson holds an associate professorship at the Institute of Legal Medicine, Innsbruck, Austria and an adjunct associate professorship at Penn State Eberly College of Science, PA, USA. He set up the Austrian National DNA Database Laboratory and is an Austrian representative in the European Network of Forensic Sciences (ENFSI) DNA Working Group and the European DNA Profiling (EDNAP) Group. He received international scientific prizes and is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. WP has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed original articles in the past ten years. He was repeatedly consigned to handle international requests on DNA fingerprinting such as the DNA identification of the Asian Tsunami-victims, the remains of the Russian Tsar family or historical cases such as the putative Mozart skull and the remains of Friedrich Schiller.

Prof Charlotte ROBERTS, BA (Hons), MA, PhD, SRN
Department of Archaeology, Durham University (UK)

Professor Charlotte Roberts is a bioarchaeologist who specialises in palaeopathology. She comes from a background in nursing, archaeology,and environmental archaeology, and has studied and interpreted human remains from archaeological sites for over 30 years using a multidisciplinary contextualized approach, and traditional and more advanced methods of analysis. She is specifically interested in the interaction of people with their environments, and especially those health problems that are common today, and particularly infectious diseases. She has successfully initiated and taught two masters courses on human remains ((Bradford and Durham Universities, UK), and is currently a researcher and teacher at Durham University.


Prof. Dr.med. PhD Frank RÜHLI
Institute for Anatomy, University of Zurich

Frank Rühli co-heads the ³Swiss Mummy Project² and is now heading one of the first centres on Evolutionary Medicine. He founded the centre in 2010 and he was elected as Professor (aoProf für Anatomie) at the University of Zurich in 2012.
He conducts extensive research a.o. on clinical anatomy, paleoradiology, and paleopathology (especially ancient mummy studies). He gained teaching, supervisor and course coordinator experience at Swiss, German, UK and Australian Universities. Frank actively serves as a doctor in the rank of major with an armoured brigade (Brigadearzt) of the Swiss Armed Forces.


Dr. Birgit Sattler

Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Birgit SATTLER
Institute of Ecology, University of Innsbruck

Birgit Sattler is a limnologist at the Institute of Ecology (Lake and Glacier Research Group), University of Innsbruck. Her research focus is in microbial ecology in cold extreme environments of alpine and polar regions, biogeochemical processes and adaptations of microbial communities in ice and snow of glaciers. Moreover, the ecological potential of the cryobiota including bioaerosols in context with the global carbon budget is of interest.


Dr. Harald Stadler

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Harald STADLER
Institute of Archaeology, University of Innsbruck

Harald Stadler is head of the Institute of Archaeologies at the University of Innsbruck. In his research he focuses on the inner alpine region during the prehistoric and protohistoric periods as well as the archaeology of the Middle Ages and the modern era. In 2005 he assumed sole responsibility for the academic series entitled “Nearchos" and “Praearchos” published by the Institute of Archaeology.


Douglas H. Ubelaker, Ph.D.

Dr. Douglas UBELAKER 
Department of Anthropology, George Washingten University (Washington DC)

Dr. Ubelaker is a curator and senior scientist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. He is a Professorial Lecturer with the Departments of Anatomy and Anthropology at The George Washington University, Washington D.C. and is an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Ubelaker has published extensively in the general field of human skeletal biology with an emphasis on forensic applications. He has served on the editorial boards of numerous leading scientific publications.

Dr. Ubelaker has received numerous honors including the Memorial Medal of Dr. Aleš Hrdlička, Humpolec, Czech Republic; the Anthropology Award of the Washington Academy of Sciences; the T. Dale Stewart Award by the Physical Anthropology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences; the FBI Director’s Award for Exceptional Public Service; the Federal Highway Administration Pennsylvania Division Historic Preservation Excellence Award; a special recognition award from the FBI,  and was elected Miembro Honorario of the Sociedad de Odontoestomatólogos Forenses Ibero Americanos.


Prof. Albert Zink

Prof. Dr. Albert ZINK
Institute for Mummies and the Iceman, European Academy Bolzano, Italy

Albert Zink is director of the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Bolzano, Italy. He is responsible for the scientific investigation of the well-known Tyrolean Iceman. He is an anthropologist and paleopathologist and has specialized in the ancient DNA detection of infectious diseases in ancient human skeletons and mummies.