Albert Zink is head of the Institute for Mummy Studies at Eurac Research in Bolzano, Italy and responsible for the scientific investigation of the well-known Tyrolean Iceman. He has specialized in the molecular analysis of ancient human skeletons and mummies by using ancient DNA technologies. His major scientific interest is the evolution of infectious diseases and the impact of diseases on historic populations and their development.
His role in the CELTUDALPS project is the coordination and supervision of the genetic analysis and the collaboration of the project partners.
He is directing major research projects on mummies from different parts of the world, including Egypt, South America and Europe. The studies are covering paleopathological and bioarcheological research questions, as well as conservatory aspects of mummified human remains.