About Us
Mummy Project Research is headquartered inside the Fatebenefratelli Hospital, Milan. Its mission is to facilitate the study of ancient organic remains and especially human and animal mummies. Its multifaceted team employs the most advanced techniques of medical and forensic investigation. The team specializes in gathering all available information and analyzing it according to the appropriate scientific principles. All studies undertaken by MPR are carried out with maximum respect for mummified human subjects and without injury to physical remains. In this way, MPR can recreate a fully rounded identity for any mummy it studies and recapture the historical and cultural context in which the individual lived and died. The MPR does its work with passion and commitment, to serve the needs of universities, museums, foundations and cultural organizations.
Staff
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Malgora S.
Bernardo L.
Milani C.
Elias J.
Zink A.
Rosendahl W.
Mcknight L.
Motta F.
Daizo M.B.
Nicola M.
Alquati St.
Oglietti V.
Nicola G.
Cellina M.
Loynes R.B.

Malgora Sabina

An awardee of a medal of honour from the President of Italy in 2014, Dr Malgora is the director and founder of Mummy Project Research, and the Curator of the Egyptian Department of the Buonconsiglio Castle Museum in Trento, Italy. Malgora has participated in archaeological missions in Oman and Egypt.
In addition to spearheading the scientific research of the MPR team, she manages the cultural initiatives undertaken by the group. Among the various projects, she has developed the well-received exhibitions such as “Ur Sunu. Great Doctors of Ancient Egypt” (Casale Monferrato, September 2008 – January 2009) and “Wine in Ancient Egypt” (Alba, March – June 2014).
Dr Malgora has published many essays and scientific reviews on Egyptological subject matter. Her bibliography includes: “The Egyptian Collection of the Camillo Leone Museum” (2011, in Italian) and “From Egypt to the Alps. The Egyptian Collection of the Trent Buonconsiglio Castle” (2016, in Italian).
She is keen and energetic and enjoys engaging interested people through her articles appearing in popular magazines, TV shows, public lectures and labs.

Bernardo Luca

Dr Bernardo is the director of: the Motherly Infantile department, S.C. Paediatrics FBF, S.C. Paediatrics POMM, and the Newborn Intensive Therapy department of Melloni Hospital. He is also a national health expert for ANAC, the national anti-bribery authority managed by Raffaele Cantone.
He is a recognized journalist, writing for Libero as well as for national and international magazines. He regularly lectures and acts as a chairperson in national and international meetings.
He has appeared in several TV documentaries and he is the recipient of national prizes in the field of natal development, including: “M.D. Pride Miami Children's Hospital” (2011), “Health in Milan as a Common Duty” (2011), and “Military Golden Ambrogino” (2011).
He has held the following positions: national adviser to the SIP (Italian Paediatrics Society), member of the Lombardy Region Commission, member of the Italian CUDN, and principal member of the Commission for Youth Hardship-Stalking at the Department of Education, Science, Research and Universities, from 2008 to 2011.
Dr Bernardo has published books, among them “Il bullismo femminile” (2009).

Milani Chantal

Milani is a Doctor of Dental Medicine, Forensic Anthropologist, Odontologist, and board member of the S.I.O.F. (Italian Association of Forensic Dentistry). Her previous interest in physical anthropology has expanded into advanced studies in forensic anthropology and forensic dentistry, while assisting colleagues in different countries.
She is working in personal identification of unknown bodies, age estimation of the living and in the field of facial recognition in collaboration with forensic investigators and public prosecutors all around Italy, while also being an Officer at the R.I.S. (Scientific Investigation Department) of Rome.
She has been an expert witness in court in different forensic cases, like the famous Italian bitemark case of the Via Poma murder (Rome).
She is a lecturer in both university and private courses and in seminars and meetings.

Elias Jonathan

Director of the Akhmim Mummy Studies Consortium (AMSC Research LLC), Pennsylvania, USA.
Jonathan Elias completed his Masters and PhD at the University of Chicago while doing research on systems of magical inscription appearing on Egyptian coffins. This led to a special interest in the Egyptian city of Akhmim, its artistic styles and its ancient community.
His research on coffins and mummies has inspired the creation of several museum exhibitions on the subject, and he consults regularly on different aspects of museum research and exhibit development.
Since 2001, Dr Elias has specialized in computed tomography (CT) scanning and high-tech imaging of Egyptian mummies.
Coffin-related research remains a strong interest. His recent collaborations have resulted in several new studies of the stylistic development of coffins during the Third Intermediate Period, Late Period and Ptolemaic times.
Elias' current museum projects are devoted to typological research on unusual object categories and accurate digital cartography of Egyptian archaeological sites based on satellite imagery.
AMSC Research LLC is a centre that analyzes forensic data and facial reconstructions, based on CT scanning of Egyptian mummies.
Since 1986 they have been examining the ancient population of Akhmim/Panopolis from the Late Period to the Ptolemaic Period (525–30BC), while turning their attention to the mummies of the American collections.

Zink Albert

Born in Munich (Bavaria, Germany) he is the Scientific Director of the E.U.R.A.C. Institute for mummies and the Iceman of Bolzano.
He works on molecular anthropology, on nanotechnologies, on palaeopathology, on palaeoepidemiology as well as on forensic researches.
He is well known for his studies on the Similaun man (popularly known as ‘the Iceman’) and on Tutankhamun’s mummy as well as for the investigations on the mummy of Ramses III.
Graduate in biology at Munich University and specialised in anthropology and palaeopathology, Dr Zink is a fellow of palaeopathology at the Human Genetics and Anthropology Institute of the same university.
His palaeopathology research was expanded thanks to a post-doctoral fellowship on the identification of pathological changes in ancient Egyptian mummies, done through the extraction and study of their DNA.
Between 2002 and 2004 he was an assistant in the Palaeopathology Department of Munich University, while between 2004 and 2007 he had a role as a research specialist at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
He takes part in archaeological missions, mainly in Egypt.
He has published a great number of articles in scientific magazines, and written books on mummies and on the techniques used to understand them.
Zink's dedication to the field is also shown through his appearances in documentaries for Italian television as well as for National Geographic, his regular presence at international congresses and his role as a lecturer around the world.

Rosendahl Wilfried

His studies cover geology, palaeontology, ancient history and zoology.
From 2004 he has been working for the Reiss-Engelhorn Museum of Mannheim, where today covers the position of the director, while also being the manager of the German Mummy Project.
The main subjects of his research are “Man, climate and environment” related to the Glacial Period, cave-dwellers, palaeoanthropology and mummies.
From 1992 he has been a reader in the universities in Köln, Tübingen, Darmstadt, and Mannheim and has been publishing both articles and books on the topic of his research.
Dr Rosendahl has curated several important specialised exhibitions in Germany and other countries including “Mummies - The dream of an eternal life”, “The Medici, people, power and passion”, “The Cult of the Skull - Head and Skull in the history of the human culture”, “ Shamans of Siberia” and “Ice Age Safari - a tour into the last Glacial time”.
For more on Dr Rosendahl see “REM: German-Mummy-Project, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen-Impressum”, an international centre for different subjects mainly focus on the study of mummies.

Mcknight Lidija

She holds a BSc in Archaeology from the University of York and an MSc and PhD in Biomedical Egyptology from the University of Manchester.
Since 1999, Lidija has been conducting research on animal mummification, particularly through the application of non-invasive radiographic imaging.
As founder of the Ancient Egyptian Animal Bio Bank based at the University of Manchester, Lidija has studied numerous museum collections in the UK, Europe and the United States.
Her current research, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, is looking to investigate mummies which contain incomplete animal material using a variety of radiographic visualisation techniques.
Lidija holds the position of Honorary Curator of Archaeozoology at the Manchester Museum and she is the project curator for the “Gifts for the Gods” exhibition.

Motta Francesca

Archaeoanthropologist with a PhD in “Christian anthropology” from the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology and a degree in “History, preservation and engagement of artistic and archaeological heritage and landscape” from the University of Bologna.
In order to follow her passion for ancient history and archaeology, after high school, she decided to undertake archaeological studies at University where she attended "Physical Anthropology" classes and laboratories while making the subject her new passion and the topic of her thesis. This allowed her to acquire the knowledge necessary to analyse skeletal remains in the archaeological context.
She has attended archaeological excavations in Italy directed by the Universities of Bologna, Verona and Siena, concerning prehistoric sites to early medieval ones and she has participated at the Osteology and Forensic Anthropology laboratory directed by the Labanof of Milan.

Daizo Maria Belen

She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Buenos Aires (PICT 2015-2943) where she graduated in Anthropology in 2017.
Her thesis research concerned funerary practices in several cemeteries in the Memphite region, in particular, those of non-royal social units.
From 2006 to 2015, she studied materials belonging to the Egyptian Collection of the “Museo de La Plata” (Buenos Aires). This research, done in collaboration with Drs, included CT analyses of the museum's Egyptian mummies.
Belen regularly participates in scholarly colloquia and conferences throughout the world.

Nicola Marco

Director of Adamantio Srl, Turin.
Chemist and conservation scientist, Marco Nicola founded in 2005 the company Adamantio as a Material Technology academic spin-off of the University of Turin with a special focus on analysis, research and expert advice for the preservation, conservation and study of art pieces.
Adamantio is also dedicated to the research of new materials for green building and for the safeguard of the environment.
Marco Nicola has collaborated with public and private research centres on projects funded by Regional and European funds.
From 2013 to 2015 he worked as a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts of Cuneo. Since 2016 he has been one of the organizers and leading partner of ONE-MA3, a summer fieldwork programme in Italy for students from MIT, Cambridge (USA) and a student in the PhD Programme for Chemical and Material Science at the University of Turin. In 2018 he spent a period at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working on Egyptian Blue and on archaeo-inspired materials.
The Adamantio Staff also includes: Marello Alessandro, Mastrippolito Chiara, Ariotti Elisa.


Alquati Studio

Daniela Bardelli and Michele Alquati have been members of Mummy Project Research since 2010 and are engaged in the production of photo-reportages from Egypt as well as of photo sets for exhibitions and publications.
They manage the Alquati Photo Studio, which is known for its works in the industrial sector and even more in the automotive field, representing cars of both standard makes and those involved in racing activities. For the people working in the Italian car racing organizations, the Alquati Photo Studio is seen as a reliable and friendly reference for its skilfulness and experience.
Since 1979, Daniela and Michele have acquired the confidence of important industrial and publicity companies, and they often receive orders for photo reportages, fitting out sets and press office support.
They also share the passion for ancient Egypt and on many occasions they were happy to put their knowledge and their sophisticated tools at the service of the Pharaohs, to try to get the scent and the soul of that mysterious civilization.

Oglietti Vittoria

Event planner and manager of SMOV, she has great experience, gained by working for several years in the sales and marketing departments of leading companies in the food and the large retail sectors.
Sommellier, adviser, consultant, today she is devoted to the organization of events.
As a member of Mummy Project Research, she is responsible for handling all aspects of planned publicity campaigns and PR activities, while also being involved in the set up of exhibitions and events.

Nicola Gianluigi

Director of Nicola Restauri.
This prestigious atelier was established in the 1950s by Guido Nicola. The original restoration lab was located in Turin, but today the laboratory is located in Aramengo, a beautiful village surrounded by the hills of Lower Monferrato. Its new facility is a 3.000 sqm solid structure of project space that is equipped with advanced anti-theft systems, directly connected with the police.
The lab has several departments, each one managed by somebody specialized in different restoration work, such as paintings on canvas and on wood, wooden sculptures, gold platings, stuccos, terracottas, stone, paper, parchments and archaeological and ethnographic remains.
Nicola Restauri possesses an enthusiastic team of experts with wide experience, who are regularly updated, guided and supported by the owners. This provides a guarantee of high-quality performance. Moreover, it allows the group to solve complex restorative problems, by reducing to the minimum the possible risks that are always present in this activity.
The lab is known for its long experience on Egyptian remains. For the Egyptian Museum of Turin they have managed the restoration and the reconstruction of the Ellessya Temple, the restoration of 300 wooden coffins, more than 900 vessels and handmade clay objects, a good number of stone monuments, among which the Seti I Naos (which once contained the god’s image at the heart of the temple), and many other statues of pharaohs and gods, including the famous images of Ramses II and Tuthmosis III.

Cellina Michaela

Dr. Michaela Cellina holds a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University and has won a post-graduate training certification in Radiodiagnosis in 2011 from the IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital of Milan, where she started her career.
Since 2012 she has worked for the Radiology Department of the Fatebenefratelli Milan Hospital where she oversees the Simple Structure of MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and clinical neuro and body diagnosis departments.
She lectures in Italy and abroad and devotes herself to clinical research in cooperation with other Departments of the ASST Fatebenefratelli Sacco Hospital as well as the State University of Milan.
Deeply attracted to archaeology and Egyptology her favored approach is imaging diagnosis. Today, newly developed equipment with advanced software allows the fulfilment of medical needs and the discovery of secret artistic works and ancient findings.

Loynes Robert Bob

Dr. Robert qualified as a doctor at the university of Liverpool Medical School, UK in 1966. Following post-graduate training and a full career as an Orthopaedic, Trauma and Hand Surgeon in Staffordshire, UK, he retired from clinical practice in 2010.
He then returned to university to pursue a completely new career and in 2014 obtained a PhD in Egyptology from the University of Manchester.
His main interest is the use of CT scans to perform Virtopsy on mummies to provide knowledge of embalming practices throughout many of the periods of the ancient Egyptian civilisation. He has, also, analysed the CT scans of several mummies from different cultures, historical periods and locations.
Currently an Honorary Lecturer in the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology in the University of Manchester he works with researchers from many countries to research aspects of mummification and paleo-pathology.

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Project Development
Exhibitions        Past Events

“Egyptian Corner”, permanent Egyptian section at the Raccolte Archeologiche of the University of Pavia. Open since 2017

“Mummy of Bast-es-Ankh and her Coffin”, permanent exposition at the Palais Mamming Meran. Open since 2015

Permanent Egyptian Section at the Buonconsiglio Castle, Trent. Open since 2009

Temporary Exhibition “Wine in Ancient Egypt” 21/03/13 – 19/05/13, Alba. Honored with the Italian President Medal

Temporary Exhibition “Egyptian Red, graphic dialogue between Ancient Egypt and Enrico Colombotto Rosso” 20/03/16 - 23/10/16, Deposito Museale, Via Roma 12, Pontestura, AL

Temporary Exhibition “DiVino, the lands of Ancient Egypt and Monferrato, kingdoms of the wine culture” EXPO 2015, Castello Paleologi, Casale Monferrato, AL

Temporary Exhibition “Egitto Mai Visto” 05/2009 - 01/2010, Buonconsiglio Castle of Tren

“Ur Sunu. Great Doctors of Ancient Egpyt. Deseases and cures in the land of pharaohs” 27/09/08 – 10/01/08, Palazzo Sannazzaro, Casale Monferrato (AL)
150 items from: Metropolitan Museum of New York, Brooklyn Museum of New York, Kunst Historisches Museum of Vienna, Vatican Museum, Egyptian Museum of Turin, Egyptian Museum of Florence, Archaeological Museum of Bologna, Anthropological Museum of Turin, Padua City Museum, Como City Museum, Land Museum of Biella, “G.B. Ariani” Museum of Cherasco, Domodossola City Museum, “Camillo Leone” Museum of Vercelli, “Susa Leone” Museum of Vercelli, Archaeological and Paleontological Museum of Asti, Susa City Museum

“The Pharaoh's garden” 2015, a real Nile style garden inside the hall of the exhibition “DiVino”

“A look on Ancient Egypt” 04/2010 - 09/2010, lectures, documentaries and laboratories for children at the “Camillo Leone” Museum of Vercelli

“MEXPO” Spring 2015, a series of cultural events, lectures and labs waiting for the World Expo Milan 2015:
07/02 “Egypt: cooked and eaten. Habits at the Pharaoh's table”, lecture by Malgora Sabina
08/02 “A meal with the Pharaoh”, teaching lab for kids
21/03 “Abemus in cena. Foodstuffs and drinks in the ancient Rome”, lecture by Cattaneo Patrizia, an archaeologist from the Sutermaier Museum of Legnano
“A meal in the ancient Rome”, educational lab for kids
11/04 “From Corsican jugs to Nutella jars. Tales of contents and containers”, lecture by Dr Mordeglia Lucia, a member of the Lombardy Archaeology Superintendence

“An Egyptian Autumn” 10/2008 - 12/2008 at Santa Croce Cloister, Casale Monferrato: a series of lectures on the medicine in ancient Egypt given by museum directors and researchers

“The Mummy’s Curse” 2014, Alba and “Murder at the back of the Pyramids” 2017, Legnano: theatre performances involving the public in collaboration with StarDust Company

Activities
Preserving Cultural Heritage
MPR advocates the on-going evaluation of cultural materials with the view of recovering the historical, anthropological and artistic contexts
Children's Lab
MPR produces and presents creative teaching activities for children and adults
Publications
MPR produces understandable reports and publishes the results of its analyses in scientific journals and catalogues
Some examples:

“From Egypt to the Alps” (in Italian), catalogue of the Egyptian section of the Buonconsiglio Castle, Trent, 2016

“Egyptian Red, graphic dialogue between Ancient Egypt and Enrico Colombotto Rosso” (in Italian). Catalogue of the exhibition, 2015

“Wine in Ancient Egypt” (in Italian), Turin, 2014

“The Ankhpakhered Case, new scientific approaches by Mummy Project Research” (in Italian), Turin, 2013

“The Egyptian Collection of Museo Camillo Leone of Vercelli” (in Italian), Novara, 2011

“Ur Sunu. Great Doctors of Ancient Egpyt. Deseases and cures in the land of pharaohs” (in Italian), Vercelli, 2008

Collaborations

Balanica Andrei Daniel and Merlin Laura - studends at "ITIS Sobrero", Casale Monferrato

German Mummy Project, Reiss Engelhorn Museen (REM) - Impressum, Mannheim, Germany

Carabinieri, RIS (Scientific Investigations Department), Rome, Italy

Akhmim Mummy Studies Consortium, (AMSC), Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA

KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology, Manchester, UK

Institute for Mummies and the Iceman, (EURAC) Bolzano, Italy

Archaeological Museum of the University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy

Nicola Restauri, Aramengo

Metropolitan Museum (MMA) NYC, New York, USA

British Museum

Museo de La Plata, Buenos Aires

Egyptian Museum, Florence, Italy

Museum of Natural Sciences, Brescia, Italy

Meran City Museum, Merano, Italy

Camillo Leone Museum, Vercelli, Italy

Land Museum, Biella, Italy

University of Pavia

University of Buenos Aires