Athena Aktipis

Athena Aktipis is a cooperation theorist, cancer biologist and social psychologist who studies cooperation across systems from human sharing to the evolution of multicellularity and cancer. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, co-Director of The Human Generosity Project, co-leader of the Arizona Cancer Evolution Center and a member of the Center for Evolution and Medicine and the Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines, and Virotherapy at Arizona State University. She is the author of Evolution in the Flesh and The Cheating Cell: How Evolution Helps Us Understand and Treat Cancer.

Recent Posts

June 15, 2020 in Biology, Health

The Cheating Cell: An Interview with Athena Aktipis

Understanding why and how both Twitter bots and cancer cells create conflict in different kinds of cooperative social systems may help us find new strategies to bring both kinds of…
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April 2, 2019 in Biology, Health

Is Cancer a Disease of Civilization?

Our cancer suppression mechanisms evolved for a world that is not the world we live in today.
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July 19, 2016 in Biology

Revolutionary biology: Evolutionary biology and ecology of cancer summer school supports a growing field

The opportunities for applying formal tools from evolutionary biology and ecology to cancer are vast, a fact that was recognized by pioneers in the field of evolution and cancer, many…
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