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Genetic Identification

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.

About our Department

Our research

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 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. 

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.

Principal Investigators

Manfred Kayser, Professor Dr. 
Head of Department

CV and List of publications 

Fan Lui

Fan Liu, Dr.
Assistant Professor (genetic epidemiology)

CV and List of publications


Athina Vidaki, Dr.  
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (epigenetics)

CV and List of publications


Diego Montiel, MSc
Scientific Researcher (bioinformatics)
Germaine Liebrechts-Akkerman, MD
Epidemiology and molecular biology of sudden infant death
MD/PhD Student   
Mannis van Oven, MSc
Human population genetics and bio-geographic ancestry
PhD Student  
Kaiyin Zhong, MSc
Compound heterozygosity: methods and applications
PhD Student
Markus de Jong, MSc
Bioimaging and computer vision for facial landmarking
PhD Student
Silvana Maas, BSc
Epigenetics of human lifestyle factors
PhD Student
Celia Diez López, MSc
Human microbiome and other exogenous DNA
PhD Student  
Arwin Ralf, BSc
Genomics of short tandem repeat polymorphisms
PhD Student and Research Technician
Gabriela Dankova, MSc 
Functional genetics of human appearance traits
PhD Student  
Irma Karabegovic, MSc
Epigenetics of human lifestyle factors
DSc student  
Ben Planterose Jimenez, MSc
Hypervariability of the human (epi)genome
PhD Student  
Paraskevi (Vivian) Kalamara
Research Technician


Former staff members with active collaboration (formal guest status):

Dr. Karolina Lech
Dr. Lakshmi Chaitanya
Dr. Dmitry Zubakov
Dr. Mijke Visser (now Postdoc at Dept. of Dermatology, Leiden University Medical Center, NL)
Dr. Robert-Jan Palstra (now Senior Scientist at Dept. of Biochemistry, Erasmus MC, NL)
Dr. Oscar Lao Grueso (now Team Leader, Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico de Barcelona, Spain) 
Dr. Susan Walsh (now Assist.-Prof. at Dept. of Biology, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, U.S.A.)
Dr. Andreas Wollstein (now Postdoc at Dept. of Biology II, University of Munich LMU, Germany)
Dr. Katrin Ackermann (now Research Fellow at School of Chemistry, University of St Andrews, UK)

Other former staff members:

Nefeli Kousouri
Dr. Kaye Ballantyne (now Victoria Police Forensic Services Department, Australia)
Silke Brauer
Iris Kokmeijer
Dr. Fedde van der Lijn
Ying Choi
Mark Vermeulen
Kate van Duijn
Miriam Goedbloed
Dr. Johanna Maria (Hanneke) de Gruijter
Dr. Eline Hanekamp

Research Lines


The VISible Attributes Through GEnomics - VISAGE - Consortium aims to overcome the general limitation of current forensic DNA analysis by broadening forensic DNA evidence towards constructing composite sketches of unknown perpetrators from as many biological traces and sources and as fast as possible within current legal frameworks and ethical guidelines. The VISAGE Consortium consists of 13 partners from academic, police and justice institutions of 8 European countries, and brings together forensic genetic researchers and forensic DNA practitioners, statistical geneticists and social scientists to achieve the project aims. The VISAGE Project & Consortium receives funding from Horizon 2020 The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Secure Societies Challenge.



Andan, A., Rakha, A., Lao, O., Kayser, M. Mutation analysis at 17 Y-STR loci (Yfiler) in father-son pairs of male pedigrees from Pakistan. Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2018 36: e17-e18.
PubMed: 30025817

Adnan, A., Rakha, A., Noor, A., van Oven, M., Ralf, A., Kayser, M. Population data of 17 Y-STRs (Yfiler) from Punjabis and Kashmiris of Pakistan. Int J Legal Med. 2018 132: 137-138.
PubMed: 28516222

Caliebe, A., Krawczak, M., Kayser, M. Predictive values in Forensic DNA Phenotyping are not necessarily prevalence-dependent. Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2018 33: e7-e8.
PubMed: 29157933

Chaitanya, L., Breslin, K., Zuniga, S., Wirken, L., Pospiech, E., Kukla-Bartoszek, M., Sijen, T., Knijff, P., Liu, F., Branicki, W., Kayser, M., Walsh, S. The HIrisPlex-S system for eye, hair and skin colour prediction from DNA: Introduction and forensic developmental validation. Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2018 35: 123-135.
PubMed: 29753263

de Jong, M. A., Gul, A., de Gijt, J. P., Koudstaal, M. J., Kayser, M., Wolvius, E. B., Bohringer, S. Automated human skull landmarking with 2D Gabor wavelets. Phys Med Biol. 2018 63: 105011.
PubMed: 29676286

de Jong, M. A., Hysi, P., Spector, T., Niessen, W., Koudstaal, M. J., Wolvius, E. B., Kayser, M., Bohringer, S. Ensemble landmarking of 3D facial surface scans. Sci Rep. 2018 8: 12.
PubMed: 29311563

Duffy, D. L., Zhu, G., Li, X., Sanna, M., Iles, M. M., Jacobs, L. C., Evans, D. M., Yazar, S., Beesley, J., Law, M. H., Kraft, P., Visconti, A., Taylor, J. C., Lui, F., Wright, M. J., Henders, A. K., Bowdler, L., Glass, D., Ikram, A. M., Uitterlinden, A. G., Madden, P. A., Heath, A. C., Nelson, E. C., Green, A. C., Chanock, S., Barrett, J. H., Brown, M. A., Hayward, N. K., MacGregor, S., Sturm, R. A., Hewitt, A. W., Melanoma, Gwas Consortium, Kayser, M., Hunter, D. J., Newton Bishop, J. A., Spector, T. D., Montgomery, G. W., Mackey, D. A., Smith, G. D., Nijsten, T. E., Bishop, D. T., Bataille, V., Falchi, M., Han, J., Martin, N. G. Novel pleiotropic risk loci for melanoma and nevus density implicate multiple biological pathways. Nat Commun. 2018 9: 4774.
PubMed: 30429480

Gul, A., de Jong, M. A., de Gijt, J. P., Wolvius, E. B., Kayser, M., Bohringer, S., Koudstaal, M. J. Three-dimensional soft tissue effects of mandibular midline distraction and surgically assisted rapid maxillary expansion: an automatic stereophotogrammetry landmarking analysis. Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2018 .
PubMed: 30459065

Hamer, M. A., Pardo, L. M., Jacobs, L. C., Deelen, J., Uitterlinden, A. G., Slagboom, E., van Heemst, D., Uh, H. W., Beekman, M., Kayser, M., Liu, F., Gunn, D. A., Nijsten, T. Facial Wrinkles in Europeans: A Genome-Wide Association Study. J Invest Dermatol. 2018 138: 1877-1880.
PubMed: 29555444

Hysi, P. G., Valdes, A. M., Liu, F., Furlotte, N. A., Evans, D. M., Bataille, V., Visconti, A., Hemani, G., McMahon, G., Ring, S. M., Smith, G. D., Duffy, D. L., Zhu, G., Gordon, S. D., Medland, S. E., Lin, B. D., Willemsen, G., Jan Hottenga, J., Vuckovic, D., Girotto, G., Gandin, I., Sala, C., Concas, M. P., Brumat, M., Gasparini, P., Toniolo, D., Cocca, M., Robino, A., Yazar, S., Hewitt, A. W., Chen, Y., Zeng, C., Uitterlinden, A. G., Ikram, M. A., Hamer, M. A., van Duijn, C. M., Nijsten, T., Mackey, D. A., Falchi, M., Boomsma, D. I., Martin, N. G., Hinds, D. A., Kayser, M., Spector, T. D., International Visible Trait Genetics, Consortium, International Visible Trait Genetics, Consortium Genome-wide association meta-analysis of individuals of European ancestry identifies new loci explaining a substantial fraction of hair color variation and heritability. Nat Genet. 2018 50: 652-656.
PubMed: 29662168

Ingold, S., Dorum, G., Hanson, E., Berti, A., Branicki, W., Brito, P., Elsmore, P., Gettings, K. B., Giangasparo, F., Gross, T. E., Hansen, S., Hanssen, E. N., Kampmann, M. L., Kayser, M., Laurent, F. X., Morling, N., Mosquera-Miguel, A., Parson, W., Phillips, C., Porto, M. J., Pospiech, E., Roeder, A. D., Schneider, P. M., Schulze Johann, K., Steffen, C. R., Syndercombe-Court, D., Trautmann, M., van den Berge, M., van der Gaag, K. J., Vannier, J., Verdoliva, V., Vidaki, A., Xavier, C., Ballantyne, J., Haas, C. Body fluid identification using a targeted mRNA massively parallel sequencing approach - results of a EUROFORGEN/EDNAP collaborative exercise. Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2018 34: 105-115.
PubMed: 29453107

Kayser, M., Ralf, A. Small number of slowly-mutating (SM) Y-STRs not suitable for forensic and evolutionary applications. Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2018 36: e13.
PubMed: 29885981

Kukla-Bartoszek, M., Pospiech, E., Spolnicka, M., Karlowska-Pik, J., Strapagiel, D., Zadzinska, E., Rosset, I., Sobalska-Kwapis, M., Slomka, M., Walsh, S., Kayser, M., Sitek, A., Branicki, W. Investigating the impact of age-depended hair colour darkening during childhood on DNA-based hair colour prediction with the HIrisPlex system. Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2018 36: 26-33.
PubMed: 29913343

Lech, K., Liu, F., Davies, S. K., Ackermann, K., Ang, J. E., Middleton, B., Revell, V. L., Raynaud, F. I., Hoveijn, I., Hut, R. A., Skene, D. J., Kayser, M. Erratum to: investigation of metabolites for estimating blood deposition time. Int J Legal Med. 2018 132: 33.
PubMed: 28840223

Lech, K., Liu, F., Davies, S. K., Ackermann, K., Ang, J. E., Middleton, B., Revell, V. L., Raynaud, F. J., Hoveijn, I., Hut, R. A., Skene, D. J., Kayser, M. Investigation of metabolites for estimating blood deposition time. Int J Legal Med. 2018 132: 25-32.
PubMed: 28780758

Liu, F., Chen, Y., Zhu, G., Hysi, P. G., Wu, S., Adhikari, K., Breslin, K., Pospiech, E., Hamer, M. A., Peng, F., Muralidharan, C., Acuna-Alonzo, V., Canizales-Quinteros, S., Bedoya, G., Gallo, C., Poletti, G., Rothhammer, F., Bortolini, M. C., Gonzalez-Jose, R., Zeng, C., Xu, S., Jin, L., Uitterlinden, A. G., Ikram, M. A., van Duijn, C. M., Nijsten, T., Walsh, S., Branicki, W., Wang, S., Ruiz-Linares, A., Spector, T. D., Martin, N. G., Medland, S. E., Kayser, M. Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies identifies 8 novel loci involved in shape variation of human head hair. Hum Mol Genet. 2018 27: 559-575.
PubMed: 29220522

Polimanti, R., Kayser, M. H., Gelernter, J. Local adaptation in European populations affected the genetics of psychiatric disorders and behavioral traits. Genome Med. 2018 10: 24.
PubMed: 29580271

Pospiech, E., Chen, Y., Kukla-Bartoszek, M., Breslin, K., Aliferi, A., Andersen, J. D., Ballard, D., Chaitanya, L., Freire-Aradas, A., van der Gaag, K. J., Giron-Santamaria, L., Gross, T. E., Gysi, M., Huber, G., Mosquera-Miguel, A., Muralidharan, C., Skowron, M., Carracedo, A., Haas, C., Morling, N., Parson, W., Phillips, C., Schneider, P. M., Sijen, T., Syndercombe-Court, D., Vennemann, M., Wu, S., Xu, S., Jin, L., Wang, S., Zhu, G., Martin, N. G., Medland, S. E., Branicki, W., Walsh, S., Liu, F., Kayser, M., E. UROFORGEN-NoE Consortium Towards broadening Forensic DNA Phenotyping beyond pigmentation: Improving the prediction of head hair shape from DNA. Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2018 37: 241-251.
PubMed: 30268682

Ralf, A., Gonzalez, D. M., Zhong, K., Kayser, M. Yleaf: Software for Human Y-Chromosomal Haplogroup Inference from Next-Generation Sequencing Data. Mol Biol Evol. 2018 35: 1820.
PubMed: 29893912

Ralf, A., Montiel Gonzalez, D., Zhong, K., Kayser, M. Yleaf: Software for Human Y-Chromosomal Haplogroup Inference from Next-Generation Sequencing Data. Mol Biol Evol. 2018 35: 1291-1294.
PubMed: 29518227

Robino, C., Ralf, A., Pasino, S., De Marchi, M. R., Ballantyne, K. N., Barbaro, A., Bini, C., Carnevali, E., Casarino, L., Di Gaetano, C., Fabbri, M., Ferri, G., Giardina, E., Gonzalez, A., Matullo, G., Nutini, A. L., Onofri, V., Piccinini, A., Piglionica, M., Ponzano, E., Previdere, C., Resta, N., Scarnicci, F., Seidita, G., Sorcaburu-Cigliero, S., Turrina, S., Verzeletti, A., Kayser, M. Corrigendum to "Development of an Italian RM Y-STR haplotype database: Results of the 2013 GEFI collaborative exercise" [Forensic. Sci. Int. Genet. 15 (2015) 56-63]. Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2018 34: e23-e24.
PubMed: 29428588

Vidaki, A., Kalamara, V., Carnero-Montoro, E., Spector, T. D., Bell, J. T., Kayser, M. Investigating the Epigenetic Discrimination of Identical Twins Using Buccal Swabs, Saliva, and Cigarette Butts in the Forensic Setting. Genes (Basel). 2018 9.
PubMed: 29758014

Vidaki, A., Kayser, M. Recent progress, methods and perspectives in forensic epigenetics. Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2018 37: 180-195.
PubMed: 30176440

Visconti, A., Duffy, D. L., Liu, F., Zhu, G., Wu, W., Chen, Y., Hysi, P. G., Zeng, C., Sanna, M., Iles, M. M., Kanetsky, P. A., Demenais, F., Hamer, M. A., Uitterlinden, A. G., Ikram, M. A., Nijsten, T., Martin, N. G., Kayser, M., Spector, T. D., Han, J., Bataille, V., Falchi, M. Genome-wide association study in 176,678 Europeans reveals genetic loci for tanning response to sun exposure. Nat Commun. 2018 9: 1684.
PubMed: 29739929

Wu, S., Zhang, M., Yang, X., Peng, F., Zhang, J., Tan, J., Yang, Y., Wang, L., Hu, Y., Peng, Q., Li, J., Liu, Y., Guan, Y., Chen, C., Hamer, M. A., Nijsten, T., Zeng, C., Adhikari, K., Gallo, C., Poletti, G., Schuler-Faccini, L., Bortolini, M. C., Canizales-Quinteros, S., Rothhammer, F., Bedoya, G., Gonzalez-Jose, R., Li, H., Krutmann, J., Liu, F., Kayser, M., Ruiz-Linares, A., Tang, K., Xu, S., Zhang, L., Jin, L., Wang, S. Genome-wide association studies and CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene editing identify regulatory variants influencing eyebrow thickness in humans. PLoS Genet. 2018 14: e1007640.
PubMed: 30248107

Zubakov, D., Chamier-Cieminska, J., Kokmeijer, I., Maciejewska, A., Martinez, P., Pawlowski, R., Haas, C., Kayser, M. Introducing novel type of human DNA markers for forensic tissue identification: DNA copy number variation allows the detection of blood and semen. Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2018 36: 112-118.
PubMed: 29986230

Publications 2018 | 2017 | 2016



Genetic Identification Resources


IrisPlex and HIrisPlex Eye and Hair Colour DNA Phenotyping Webtool
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Dataset from Lao et al. 
Investigative Genetics 2013, 4:9 (20 May 2013)
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GAGA: A New Algorithm for Genomic Inference of Geographic Ancestry Reveals Fine Level Population Substructure in Europeans
Oscar Lao et al. Plos Computational Biology, February 2014, Volume 10, Issue 2, e1003480
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Clean_tree: a software for high-resolution male lineage classification.
Ralf, A., van Oven, M., Zhong, K., Kayser, M. Simultaneous analysis of hundreds of Y-chromosomal SNPs for high-resolution paternal lineage classification using targeted semiconductor sequencing. Hum Mutat. 2015 36: 151-9. PubMed: 25338970
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Updated version available: Clean tree v2  


Clean_tree v2.
Forensic Y-SNP analysis beyond SNaPshot: High-resolution Y-chromosomal haplogrouping from low quality and quantity DNA using Ion AmpliSeq and targeted massively parallel sequencing.

Ralf A, Oven M, Montiel González D, de Knijff P, van der Beek K, Wootton S, Lagacé R, Kayser M. Forensic Science International: Genetics , 2019 
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Yleaf: software for human Y-chromosomal haplogroup inference from next generation sequencing data.
Ralf A., Montiel González D., Zhong K., Kayser M. Yleaf: Software for Human Y-Chromosomal Haplogroup Inference from Next-Generation Sequencing Data. Molecular Biology and Evolution. Volume 35, Issue 5, 1 May 2018, Pages 1291–1294 
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Upgraded version available: Yleaf2


TissueID: Novel taxonomy-independent deep learning microbiome approach allows for accurate classification of different forensically relevant human epithelial materials.
Celia Díez López, Athina Vidaki, Arwin Ralf, Diego Montiel González, Djawad Radjabzadeh, Robert Kraaij, André G Uitterlinden, Cordula Haas,  Oscar Lao, Manfred Kayser. Forensic Science International: Genetics, 41, July 2019, Pages 72-82
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Main internal collaborators Erasmus MC:

Professor Tamar Nijsten, Head Department of Dermatology, Erasmus MC

Professor Arfan Ikram, Head Department of Epidemiology, Erasmus MC

Professor Andre Uitterlinden, Head Human Genomics Facility Department of Internal Medicine, Erasmus MC

Professor Eppo Wolvius, Head Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Special Dental Care and Orthodontics, Erasmus MC

Professor Robert Hofstra, Head Department of Clinical Genetics, Erasmus MC

Professor Joost Gribnau, Head Department of Developmental Biology, Erasmus MC

Professor Steven Kushner, Group Leader Neurobiology, Department of Psychiatry and Department of Neuroscience, Erasmus MC

Assist.-Professor Mohsen Ghanbari, Group Leader Molecular & Systems Epidemiology, Erasmus MC

Dr. Robert-Jan Palstra, Department of Biochemistry, Erasmus MC

Dr. Eskeww Mulugeta, Department of Cell Biology, Erasmus MC


Main external collaborators national:

Professor Peter de Knijff, Head Forensic Laboratory for DNA Research, Department of Human Genetics, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden

Dr. Titia Sijen, Head Research and Development Department of Human Biological Traces, Netherlands Forensic Institute, Den Haag

Dr. Thomas Parsons, Director Science and Technology, International Commission on Missing Persons, Den Haag


Main external collaborators international:

Professor Timothy Spector, Head Department of Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, King’s College London, UK

Professor Nicholas Martin, Head Genetic Epidemiology, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Australia

Professor Debra Skene, Head Chronobiology, University of Surrey, UK

Professor Wojciech Branicki, Head Human Genome Variation Malopolska Center of Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland

Professor Mark Stoneking, Group Leader Molecular Anthropology Department of Evolutionary Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Leipzig, Germany

Assist.-Professor Susan Walsh, Group Leader Forensic Biology Department of Biology, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Dr. Sijia Wang, Group Leader Dermatogenomics Max-Planck-Chinese Academy of Science Institute for Computational Biology, Shanghai, China

All Partners in the VISAGE Project (see VISAGE Project for details)


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News, events and awards

In the media

News items


DNA makes an appearance. Nature Biotechnology, Vol 36, No 1, 14-17, 01/2018

In 2020 kunnen we in beeld brengen hoe een dader eruit kan zien. Erasmus Magazin, 04.01.2018

In 2020 we can generate a composite sketch of a person from crime scene DNA. Erasmus Magazin, 09.01.2018

Laat DNA-test zien of je sociaal bent op je werk? NRC, 11.01.2018

Von der DNA zum Verdächtigten. Ermittler hoffen auf die erweiterte DANN-Analyse. Radio feature mit Manfred Kayser u.a. Deutschlandfunk, 20.02.2018 19.15

Canadian court approves advanced Y-STR testing in 1983 murder (made possible by Erasmus MC). 19.03.2018

FOKUS: Wenn die DNA zum Täter führt. SRF 10VOR10, 26.03.2018, 21.51

European women twice as likely to be blonde as men, study says, BBC, 16.04.2018

Scientists discover dozens of new genes for hair colour. The Guardian, 16.04.2018

Nature prefers blondes (and dark-haired men). Financial Times, 16.04.2018

Hair colour? It’s in the genes – all 124 of them. London Evening Standard, 16.04.2018

It’s in the genes: scientists reveal why gentlemen really do prefer blondes. Telegraph, 16.04.2018

This Is why you have red, brown or blonde hair, according to new study. Elle. 17.04.2018

Genanalysen von Haarfarbe. Das Blondinenrätsel. Spiegel Online, 23.04.2018

Gene für Haarfarbe entdeckt. Mehr blonde Frauen als Männer. N-tv, 16.04.2018

Viele Gene bestimmen die Haarfarbe. Hamburger Abendblatt, 17.04.2018

Mehr als 120 Gene entscheiden über die Haarfarbe. Tagesspiegel, 17.04.2018 

Schwarz, rot, blond: über 100 Genorte für Haarfarbe entdeckt. Süddeutsche Zeitung, 17.04.2018

Über 100 Genorte für Haarfarbe entdeckt. Forschung und Lehre, 16.04.2018

Über 100 Genorte für Haarfarbe entdeckt. Ostsee Zeitung, 23.04.2018

Erbgut nach Haargenen durchkämmt. ORF, 16.04.2018

111 Gene entdeckt, die für die (natürliche) Haarfarbe verantwortlich sind. Der Standard, 16.04.2018

Mehr als 100 neue Genorte für Haarfarbe entdeckt. Kronenzeitung, 16.04.2018

124 neue Gene für Haarfarbe entdeckt. Kurier, 17.04.2018

Meer dan 100 genen beïnvloeden kleur van ons haar. NRC, 17.04.2018

Nieuwe genen  voorspellen haarkleur nauwkeurig. De Telegraaf, 16.04.2018

Erasmus MC: nieuwe genen voorspellen haarkleur nauwkeurig. Radio Rijnmond, 16.04.2018. 

Wetenschappers ontdekken meer dan honderd nieuwe genen voor haarkleur. Nu. 16.04.2018

Genética da cor dos cabelos humanos é descoberta por cientistas, Folha de S. Paulo, 16.04.2018

Decoding of hair color genes could aid cancer research. The Jakarta Post, 17.04.2018

Over 100 genes that determine hair colour identified. The Hindu, 17.04.2018

Verbrecher mit DNA jagen. Tages-Anzeiger, 19.04.2018

Der Täter ist dunkelhäutig. Aber darf das die Polizei auch wissen? Neue Züricher Zeitung am Sonntag, 21.04.2018

De Europese oermens wit en blond? Nee hoor, Europa werd grotendeels door donkere mensen bewoond. De Volkskrant, 04.05.2018

How accurately can scientists reconstruct a person’s face from DNA? Smithonian.com, 04.05.2018

Wat als we van iedereen het DNA opslaan. Radio feature with Manfred Kayser. BNR, 07.05.2018, 17.34

In Germany, controversial law gives Bavarian police new power to use DNA. Science, 15.05.2018

Tracing the future of forensic medicine. The Medical Futurist, 26.07.2018https://medicalfuturist.com/tracing-the-future-of-forensic-medicine

Dna-wetenschappers buigen zich over ‘vermissing’ in hotelkamer. Allgemeen Dagblad, 21.09.2018

Was ist denn jetzt mit der erweiterten DNA-Analyse? Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 15.11.2018

Professor Manfred Kayser short listed as 1 of 6 nominees for Huibregtsenprijs 2018 
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Fantombilder. Kontroversiellt när arvsmassan far ett ansikte. Dagens Nyheter, 23.09.2018 

Die Hightech Polizei. ARTE, 23.11.2018

Clevere cops – mit Hightech auf Verbrecherjagd. ZDF, 29.11.2018

DNA-spoor verraadt straks het uiterlijk van de crimineel. Trouw, 05.12.2018

Die Gene als Augenzeuge. Spektrum Kompakt: Forensik – Spuren in Knochen und Blut. 2018

Genetisches Phantombild – Forscher wollen Kriminelle aufspüren. SRF, 2018

Via DNA naar een compositietekening. Opportuun Nr 1, 2018

In the media 2017 | 2016



A team of passionate scientist led by dr. Athina Vidaki won € 10,000 for organizing five speed date sessions between the general public and scientists.

The 10,000 euros are a donation from “ het Bataafsch Genootschap”, which last year launched an idea competition to (empirically) improve the connection between scientists and the general public. “Het Bataafsch Genootschap der Proefondervindelijke Wijsbegeerte”, which is the official name of the society, celebrates its  250th anniversary. Athina Vidaki and her team conceived the best idea according to the society. The prize was recently awarded by her HRH Princess Beatrix. [Tekst in het Nederlands] [Full text in English]


Professor Manfred Kayser nominated fot the Huibregtsenprijs 2018





Professor Manfred Kayser received prestigious science prize at 27th International ISFG Congress in Seoul



BSc & MSc students

Professor Manfred Kayser and selected members of the Department of Genetic Identification regularly contribute to the following academic teaching programs:

PhD students

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