Scientific Prize Lecture


Prof. Dr. Manfred Kayser

Department of Genetic Identification, Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Date & time of the presentation: 10th September 2019, 18:45-19:30

Abstract available here.

Manfred Kayser is (full) Professor of Forensic Molecular Biology at Erasmus University Rotterdam and (founding) Head of the Department of Genetic Identification at Erasmus University Medical Center. He obtained his diploma in biology with magna cum laude from University of Leipzig, his doctorate degree in biology/genetics with summa cum laude from Humboldt University Berlin, and his habilitation in genetics from University of Leipzig. After postdoctoral research at the Department of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, he was staff scientist, later Heisenberg Fellow of the German Research Council, at the Department of Evolutionary Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Leipzig, before he accepted his professorship appointment in Rotterdam. His research interest is in various aspects of forensic and anthropological genetics. In the forensic field, he is well known for his pioneering work on forensic DNA phenotyping and his contributions to the introduction and further development of forensic Y-chromosome analysis, while also published on various other forensic genetic topics. As of early 2019, he authored 240 articles (60% as leading author) in peer-reviewed scientific journals that were cited 14,000 times; his h-index is 67. He received the Scientific Price 1998 of the German Society of Legal Medicine and the Biennial Scientific Price 2017 of the International Society for Forensic Genetics. He serves/d as editor-in-chief, academic editor, section editor, guest editor, and editorial board member of several forensic and human genetic journals, and is regular ad-hoc reviewer for various scientific journals and research funding agencies in different countries and the EU.