Athena Aktipis

Athena Aktipis

Associate Faculty, Biodesign Center for Biocomputing, Security and Society
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Bio

Athena Aktipis is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Arizona State University, co-Director of the Human Generosity Project and Director of Human and Social Evolution and co-founder of the Center for Evolution and Cancer at the University of California, San Francisco. Aktipis completed her BA at Reed College (Psychology), her PhD at University of Pennsylvania (Psychology) and post-doctoral work at University of Arizona (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). She is a cooperation theorist, theoretical evolutionary biologist, and cancer biologist who now works at the intersection of these fields. Aktipis' first book titled "Evolution in the flesh: Cancer and the transformation of life" was published by Princeton University Press in March 2020.