Welcome to the Department of Genetic Identification

The Department of Genetic Identification aims to improve safety of the society and enhance the quality of life via outcomes of fundamental and applied research in human genetics and genomics.

Using genetic identification as the key principle, our mission is to perform innovative scientific research and technological developments  in a wide range of societally relevant areas such as in forensics, evolution, epidemiology, and in other medically relevant fields

To accomplish our mission, we perform fundamental and applied research on several topics of scientific and societal relevance, provide academic teaching  to several graduate and postgraduate schools at Erasmus MC and elsewhere, provide specialized forensic DNA service to law enforcement agencies in several countries, and are widely engaged in the public dissemination of science .

The Department’s history  goes back to its foundation in 2002 and practical start in 2004, between 2004 and 2015 its name was Department of Forensic Molecular Biology.

Recently, our scientific success was internationally recognized with The Biennial Scientific Prize 2017 for outstanding contributions to forensic genetics awarded to Manfred Kayser  by the International Society for Forensic Genetics.


Prof. Dr. Manfred Kayser
Head of Department