Forensic Biology Research Group

Oskar Hansson
Group leader

The group is at the cutting edge of improvement of methods for the interpretation of complex mixed DNA profiles. We also work to improve methods for the sampling of biological material, improvement of forensic DNA database search and match reporting, increase the understanding of forensic DNA trace transfer and durability, improve cell type identification in forensic casework. The group has been a partner of the EU project Euroforgen NoE and is part of a new application (Horizon 2020). We are closely integrated with routine work to facilitate education and implementation, and have a broad international network of experts in related areas. 

Research projects

  • UiO:Life Science: Medical, legal and lay understandings of physical evidence in rape cases (Evidently Rape)
  • Improvements of methods for the interpretation of complex mixed DNA profiles (in some cases there are many contributors to a DNA trace, e.g. from a multiple rape case or from traces deposited in connection with illegal drug cases).
  • Developing and improving methods to obtain usable DNA profiles from more traces.
  • Forensic DNA database search and legal protection- mathematical and statistical considerations (internationally, there have been extensive technical discussions about the statistical weighting of the matching results from search in forensic DNA databases. This is a topic that will grow in national importance as the Norwegian databases expand).
  • Development of computer simulations of molecular biology processes used in forensic DNA profiling assays.
  • Transfer and durability of forensic DNA traces.
  • Novel application of massively parallel sequencing in forensic genetics.