Alec Jeffreys Forensic Genomics Unit

Recent developments in DNA sequencing technologies have revolutionised biology and medicine, and are set to do the same for forensic science. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) will allow much more information to be extracted from trace and damaged DNA samples, and will facilitate at-scene DNA analysis. The aim of the Alec Jeffreys Forensic Genomics Unit (based in the Department of Genetics) is to be a UK centre for excellence in developing and applying NGS approaches to forensically relevant problems, including human individual identification, human population structure analysis and databasing, analysis of challenging trace materials, and animal species and individual identification.

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Our equipment and infrastructure

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Our academic collaborators

  • Dr Lisa Smith, Department of Criminology: Empowering victims of sexual violence using novel DNA collection and examination kits
  • Prof Rob Hillman, Department of Chemistry: Recovery of fingerprints and DNA profiles from surfaces
  • Prof Nuala Sheehan, Department of Health Sciences: human kinship estimation from genomic data

Our industrial and other partners

  • Key Forensic Services: a major forensic service provider, and a BBSRC iCASE industrial partner
  • Verogen: the leading developer of NGS technologies for forensics, and a BBSRC iCASE industrial partner
  • Oxford Nanopore Technologies: developer of nanopore-based technologies for single-molecule analysis, partner in our USAID-funded project, and a BBSRC iCASE industrial partner
  • Kenya Wildlife Service: the organisation that conserves and manages wildlife in Kenya, and a partner in our USAID-funded project
  • Panthera: an organisation dedicated to the conservation of the world’s 38 wild cat species and their ecosystems, and a partner in our USAID-funded project
  • Promega: developer of forensic profiling kits including NGS multiplexes, and partner in our BBSRC iCASE studentship on human NGS forensics
  • ThermoFisher: developer of forensic profiling kits and equipment, and partner in our EViDENCE kits project
  • IDEXX Laboratories: global market leader in diagnostics for animal health, and partner in our domestic animal databasing projects
  • Principal Forensic Services: leading provider of forensic science expertise.

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We are currently developing our facilities to offer specialist DNA analysis services; enquiries are welcome.

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