Ryan Parr has a PhD in Biological Anthropology, a Master's degree in ancient Near Eastern Studies and a B.S. in Zoology. He has taught courses on ancient Egypt and Biblical history at the university level, with language components including Egyptian hieroglyphics or Biblical Hebrew. Using ancient DNA analyses, he continues to work on the genetic analyses of Kellis 2, a Coptic Christian cemetery in the Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt. In addition, he was the principal investigator on a project which identified an Unknown Child from the 1912 RMS Titanic disaster. This project was the subject of a National Geographic documentary entitled Titanic's Ghosts (Secrets of the Dead series). He has been the Chief Science Officer for two companies involved with the early detection of cancer and cardiovascular disease.