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Lutz Roewer

Director, Department of Forensic Genetics, Institute of Legal Medicine

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Lutz Roewer

Director, Department of Forensic Genetics, Institute of Legal Medicine

Lutz Roewer studied biochemistry at the University of Leipzig (Germany) and received his Ph.D. degree for molecular biology at the Humboldt-University Berlin (Germany) in 1991. Dr. Roewer is presently associate professor for forensic genetics at the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences at the Charité University Hospital in Berlin (Germany) and head of the Department of Forensic Genetics at this institute. He worked as guest researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatrics in Munich (Germany) and the Kitasato University in Tokyo-Sagamihara (Japan).

 

Lutz Roewer works as a forensic expert since 1987. His scientific background comprises the genetics and application of DNA sequence polymorphisms in human and non-human DNA, forensic and kinship analysis using molecular markers, population genetics, phylogeography and ancient DNA. He is specialized in the field of Y chromosome genetics and its forensic, genealogical and evolutionary genetics applications. He studied indigenous populations in Europe, Asia and the Americas and authored large multi-centered studies on this topic. Together with Sascha Willuweit he is founder and curator of the Y Chromosome Haplotype Reference Database (YHRD) the largest population database for Y chromosome sequence polymorphisms.

 

Dr. Roewer is member of the International Society of Forensic Genetics and received 1999 the ISFG Biennial Award for his work on the forensic application of Y-chromosomal DNA polymorphisms. He is member of the editorial board of the leading journal Forensic Science International: Genetics. Since 2014 he is also member of the SWGDAM Lineage Markers Committee in the USA. In Germany he co-authored the current guidelines for Y-STR analysis in crime casework. Biannually he organizes the acclaimed international Haploid Markers Workshop together with Walther Parson from the University of Innsbruck (Austria). Currently he is co-beneficiary of two EC-funded projects (DNASEQEX, SeqforSTRs) aiming to validate and implement new sequencing strategies for forensic STRs. Dr. Roewer authored more than 120 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals, and publishes regularly reviews and chapters in text books.