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53827-01 - Lecture: Applied methods in forensic biomedical and toxicological science 1 CP

Semester spring semester 2020
Course frequency Every spring sem.
Lecturers Claudia Lenz (, Assessor)
Katja Mercer-Chalmers-Bender (
Eva Scheurer (
Iris Schulz (
Content After a general introduction into the tasks of forensic medicine and science the course is divided in three parts all focusing on biomedical technology in forensics: forensic imaging, forensic toxicology, and forensic genetics:
A) Forensic toxicology:
Forensic Hair testing: The lecture will cover fundamentals, field of application, state of the art analytical methods and future trends in forensic hair analysis.
Dried Blood Spots (DBS): The lecture will cover different approaches in the analysis of DBS, general fields of application, particularly in forensic science, and pros and cons with respect to other matrices.
Biosensor applications in Forensic Science: The lecture will provide an overview and general information about different biosensor approaches, applications, limitations, current applications in forensics science and future trends.
B) Forensic imaging:
- Introduction, historical overview and current status
- Different postmortem imaging techniques and applications (X-ray, CT, MRI, infrared photography)
- Different in vivo imaging techniques and applications (X-ray, CT, MRI)
C) Forensic genetics:
The lecture will give an introduction into applied and (potential) future methods in forensic genetics. It will present the processes and techniques from the genome to its DNA profile. Thereby, applied methods such as DNA extraction, PCR technique and electrophoresis will be presented. Also, an introduction into NGS, MPS, pyrosequencing and epigenetic methods and its application platforms used in research (and potentially in future routine work) will be given.
As there will be a poster presentation instead of a formal test there will also be given an introduction on how to construct a scientific poster, including a guideline on good practice and some examples. Students will learn which components/parts are mandatory and critical.
Learning objectives Learning objectives are
- to understand the discussed methods and challenges in forensic toxicology
- to understand the differences between clinical and forensic imaging
- to know the different postmortem techniques and applications
- to know the different in vivo techniques and applications
- to have an overview of current applied and future potential methods in forensic genetics


Language of instruction English
Use of digital media No specific media used


Interval irregular
Date 18.02.2020 – 26.05.2020
Time See details

Diese Vorlesung soll in der Forensischen Genetik - Mülhauserstrasse 111, 4056 Basel statt finden.

Date Time Room
Tuesday 18.02.2020 15.30-18.15 Forensischen Genetik - Mülhauserstrasse 111, 4056 Basel
Tuesday 17.03.2020 15.30-18.15 Forensischen Genetik - Mülhauserstrasse 111, 4056 Basel
Tuesday 28.04.2020 15.30-18.15 Forensischen Genetik - Mülhauserstrasse 111, 4056 Basel
Tuesday 26.05.2020 15.30-18.15 Forensischen Genetik - Mülhauserstrasse 111, 4056 Basel
Modules Module: Biomaterials Science and Nanotechnology (Master's Studies: Biomedical Engineering)
Assessment format proof of course participation
Assessment details There is no exam but a poster presentation: students have to prepare a poster in small groups and present it for further discussion. Assessment of the poster is based on quality of content and quality of graphical/art work.
Presence in at least 3 events requested.
Assessment registration/deregistration Reg./dereg.: course registr./cancel registr. via MOnA
Repeat examination one repetition, best attempt counts
Scale 1-6 0,5
Repeated registration as often as necessary
Responsible faculty Faculty of Medicine
Offered by Departement Biomedical Engineering (DBE)