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Forensic Genetics

The group is at the cutting edge of improvement of methods for the interpretation of complex mixed DNA profiles.

We also work to improve methods for the sampling of biological material, improvement of forensic DNA database search and match reporting, increase the understanding of forensic DNA trace transfer and durability, and to improve cell type identification in forensic casework.

We are closely integrated with routine work to facilitate education and implementation, and have a broad international network of experts in related areas.

The group is a member of the Euroforgen Network of Excellence.


  • Improvements of methods for the interpretation of complex mixed DNA profiles: In some cases there are many contributors to a DNA trace, for instance from a multiple rape case or from traces deposited in connection with illegal drug cases
  • Developing and improving methods to obtain more usable DNA profiles from traces
  • Developing and improving methods for forensic DNA database searching
  • Development of statistical models for simulating of molecular biology processes used in forensic DNA profiling assays
  • Exploring the transfer and durability of forensic DNA traces
  • Novel application of massively parallel sequencing in forensic genetics
Published Dec. 15, 2017 10:10 AM - Last modified Jan. 23, 2020 2:48 PM


Group leader


  • Peter David Gill
  • Eirik Hanssen
  • Oskar Hansson
  • Øyvind Bleka
  • Daniel Kling
  • Jørgen Haddeland
  • Erik Bergseth
  • Maria Martin Agudo
Detailed list of participants