Franco Ugo Rollo

Universita' degli Studi di Camerino, Italy

Franco Ugo Rollo was born in Milano, Italy, in 1948. He received the biology degree and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Milano, Italy. In 1984, following stages at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre in Mol, at the Max Planck Institute of Köln, Germany, and at the John Innes Institute of Norwich, UK, he became interested in the possibility of extracting residual DNA from archaeological materials. In 1991, as an ancient DNA expert, he was invited to join the international research team appointed by the University of Innsbruck, Austria, to study the so-called Iceman or Ötzi, a 5000-year-old mummy found in an Alpine glacier. Since 2002, he has been a Professor of anthropology (physical anthropology) at the University of Camerino. He has been the Chairman in a number of important international meetings on the theme of scientific studies on human mummies such as the International Mummy Symposium (Innsbruck, 1993), the 4th International Conference on Ancient DNA (Göttingen, 1997), the 5th World Conference on Mummy Studies (Torino, 2004), the 9th International Conference on Ancient DNA (Pompei, 2008), and the 1st Bolzano Mummy Meeting (2009). He has been a Member of the Editorial Board of Ancient Biomolecules and is presently an Associate Editor of Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences.

Biography Updated on 29 June 2010

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