Manfred Kayser

 Manfred Kayser

Erasmus University Medical Centre Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Investigative Genetics is a peer-reviewed, open access, online journal that publishes articles on the development and application of molecular genetics in a wide range of science disciplines with societal relevance. These include forensic issues and legal medicine, evolutionary, anthropological and historical studies, as well as epidemiology and biosafety.

Investigative Genetics aims to provide a venue for novel, cutting-edge research and technological developments that will, through the application of molecular genetics, answer questions of past and present life, enhance life quality, and provide a safer living environment.

I find it fascinating how genetic understanding achieved by applying an investigative approach can contribute to so many different areas of biological sciences and furthermore appreciate the societal relevance of genetic knowledge; with Investigative Genetics we envision a platform for communicating some of these issues.

After gaining his PhD in Genetics from the Humboldt-University Berlin in 1998, Dr Kayser went on to do postdoctoral work in the field of Anthropological Genetics at Pennsylvania State University and became a Research Scientist at Department of Evolutionary Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Leipzig. In 2004 he received his Habilitation in Genetics from the University of Leipzig and the prestigious Heisenberg Fellowship of the German Research Council (DFG), before being appointed as Full Professor and Head of the Department of Forensic Molecular Biology at the Erasmus University Medical Centre Rotterdam.

Current research areas include human evolutionary and population genetics, human population history, the genetics of human appearance, forensic genetics and forensic molecular biology. He has published close to 100 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, co-authored books on genetic variation, molecular forensics, and molecular diagnostics, and personally provided over 90 mostly invited talks to scientific conferences and institutions.

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