Forensic Genetics Section

General Information

The Forensic Genetics Section employs 9 people, 5 of whom have expert status.  4 staff members have a Ph.D. degree in biological sciences. Analysis performed at the section cover a wide range of genetic tests of human biological traces and animal tissues.

Head of Section

Tomasz Kupiec, Ph.D.

Types of Expertise

The Forensic Genetics Section performs analyses and gives expert opinions in the following areas:

  • detection and identification of biological traces,
  • analysis of  biological traces using autosomal STR systems, Y chromosome STR systems,  and polymorphic regions of mitochondrial DNA,
  • human remains identification (including historical research, mass disaster and accident victims),
  • genetic species identification,
  • genetic analysis of animal tissue,
  • genetic prediction of human physical appearance,
  • paternity and kinship testing.

Scope of  Scientific Research

The Forensic Genetic Section conducts scientific research in three major areas:

  • search for genetic markers allowing the prediction of external visible human characteristics,
  • application of graph theory to the interpretation of forensic analysis results,
  • search for genetic markers that are useful for species identification of plants, fungi and animals.

List of equipment:

  • two genetic analysers,
  • automated platform for DNA and RNA purification,
  • two automated pipetting platforms,
  • automated capillary electrophoresis platform,
  • fluorimeter.

Selected papers

  1. Branicki W., Brudnik U., Draus-Barini J., Kupiec T., Wojas-Pelc A., Association of the SLC45A2 gene with physiological human hair colour variation.  Journal of Human Genetics 2008, 53, 966-971.
  2. Branicki W., Brudnik U., Kupiec T., Wolańska-Nowak P., Szczerbińska A., Wojas-Pelc A., Association of polymorphic sites in the OCA2 gene with eye colour using the tree scanning method, Annals of Human Genetics 2008, 72, 184-192.
  3. Branicki W., Kalista K., Kupiec T., Wolańska-Nowak P., Zołedziewska M., Lessig R., Distribution of mtDNA haplogroups in a population sample from Poland, Journal of Forensic Science 2005, 50, 732-733.
  4. Branicki W., Kupiec T., Pawlowski R., Validation of cytochrome b sequence analysis as a method of species identification, Journal of Forensic Science 2003, 48, 83-87.
  5. Wolańska-Nowak P., Application of subpopulation theory to evaluation of DNA evidence, Forensic Science International 2000, 11, 63-69.
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