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The Department’s history started in December 2002 when the Dean of Erasmus MC and the Director General of the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI)  signed a 5-year collaboration agreement on human genome research aiming to improve forensic analysis, which led to the co-founding and co-funding of the Department of Forensic Molecular Biology at Erasmus MC. In 2004, Dr. Manfred Kayser was appointment as Professor of Forensic Molecular Biology and Head of this newly founded department to build it up. After positive external evaluation by an expert committee led by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys , Erasmus MC and NFI signed a second 5-years collaboration contract. Per 2013, the NFI unilaterally decided to discontinue the collaboration and funding. In 2015, the Board of Directors of Erasmus MC changed the name into Department of Genetic Identification to facilitate broadening of the research mission. 

Research at the Department is/was funded by Erasmus MC, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, the Netherlands Genomics Initiative, the Netherlands Forensic Institute, the European Commission, the German Research Foundation, and other national and international sources.

The Department is regularly involved in academic teaching  at Erasmus MC, Leiden University Medical Center, and Leiden University, provides ad hoc teaching at other universities in the country and abroad, and is engaged in the dissemination of scientific knowledge via public lectures and the media

Within Erasmus MC, the Department is embedded in the Biomedical Sciences Theme  additionally harboring the Dept. of Molecular Genetics, Dept. of Cell Biology, Dept. of Developmental Biology, Dept. of Biochemistry, and the Dept. of  Neurosciences. The Department also actively collaborates with clinically oriented departments of Erasmus MC such as the Dept. of Dermatology and the Dept. of Oral and  Maxillofacial Surgery and with the Dept. of Epidemiology as well as with various fundamental and applied researchers in many countries.