David Pickel is an archaeologist exploring health and disease in the ancient Roman world, in particular infectious diseases like malaria. David is also Director of Excavations for the Villa Romana di Poggio Gramignano Archaeological Project, a multidisciplinary research project focusing on the Augustan-period villa at Poggio Gramignano and its associated late antique (mid. 5th cent. CE) infant and child cemetery, both located along the Tiber River near the Umbrian town of Lugnano in Teverina, Italy. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2021.