The Ancient Cancer Foundation is led by an all-women team of volunteering scientists. All founders have various backgrounds and degrees in biological anthropology, archaeology, and Egyptology.
Roselyn earned a PhD in Archaeology from the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA. She holds an MA in Anthropology from the University of Montana and a Certificate in Egyptology from the University of Manchester. Roselyn has worked as a Research Associate at the Getty Research Institute and on archaeological excavations in Peru, Spain, Ethiopia, the American West, and in Egypt at sites such as the Valley of the Kings, Edfu, and Karanis. She also has experience with forensic excavation and analysis and archaeological photography. Roselyn currently teaches at the University of California Riverside as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology. Besides paleo-oncology, Roselyn's research interests include anthropological archaeology, ancient Egyptian funerary customs, and evidence for violence and trauma in ancient human skeletons.
Kathryn is an archaeologist, physical anthropologist, and cancer survivor. She received a BA in Anthropology and Classical Studies at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in Washington state, and earned a MSc in Palaeopathology from Durham University in England. Her current research lies in the global history of human health, the bio-cultural factors leading to the evolution and development of disease, and specifically the study of cancer and other neoplastic diseases in ancient societies. Kathryn is currently a full-time Archaeologist/Bioarchaeologist for 106 Group in Minnesota. She has also held positions as the human osteologist for the Jezreel Valley Research Project in Israel and as an assistant director of the Jucu de Sus Necropolis excavation and field school run by Transylvania Bioarchaeology. Hunt has received several international honors, including being named a TED Fellow, one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People, and one of Foreign Policy's 100 Leading Global Thinkers. She has also participated in archaeological excavations for Penn State's Mendes Expedition and the PLU Valley of the Kings Expedition in Egypt. Kathryn served as Executive Director of ACF between 2013 and 2016.
Casey Kirkpatrick has earned an Honors Specialization Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a Minor in Biology, a Masters in Ancient Egyptian Culture from Swansea University, and a PhD in Bioarchaeology and Archaeology from the University of Western Ontario. She is now investigating the origins and evolution of infectious diseases through the analysis of ancient pathogen DNA at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. She has extensive experience working and conducting research in museum, laboratory and archaeological field settings in Canada, Jordan, Egypt, England and Wales. She is also the Head of Osteology at an early Roman Period cemetery site in Egypt, excavated by the BYU Egypt Excavation Project. As a former dental assistant, Casey maintains a special interest in dental anthropology in addition to her passion for paleopathology. She is particularly interested in the history of diseases, how they have affected the human experience, and the potential for paleopathology to contribute to evolutionary medicine. Casey served as PRO / ACF Executive Director from 2016 to 2021.