Cristina Cattaneo is head of the Laboratory of Anthropology and Forensic Odontology of the Institute of Legal Medicine and Insurance of the University of Milan. She trained at McGill University in Canada and the University of Sheffield (UK) where she received her PhD. She is a technical consultant and expert witness for prosecutors and courts in Italy, Switzerland, Great Britain and France. She is responsible for the RISC project, a system to identify and to collect the most relevant data of a corpse, which is then transmitted to a national database. This tool has become a model in particular for the identification of people without identity.
She is the author of Turno di notte (2007) and Certezze provvisiorie (2010), and co-author with Marilisa D'Amico of I diritti annegati. I morti senza nome del Mediterraneo (Mondadori, 2016).