Forensic Medicine analysis for bone DNA to confirm identity
Poland (IFMSA-Poland) - Pomeranian Medical University, Szczecin
Forensic Medicine
Department of Forensic Medicine and Department of Forensic Genetics, Powstancow Wielkopolskich Street 72, 70-111 Szczecin, Poland
Prof. Krzysztof Borowiak
Theory: Andrzej Ossowski PhD, Jaroslaw Piatek PhD, Krzysztof Borowiak prof. Research: Marta Kus MSc Fieldwork: Tomasz Janus PhD, Teresa Krol PhD
4 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project with Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
Students will have an opportunity to take part in a work of a forensic lab (Isolating DNA from victims and creating database of victims and criminals.) and learn about criminalistics. They will also have a chance to help in a project called Polish Genetic Database of Totalitarianisms Victims; employ state-of-the-art methods of forensic genetics to identify the remains of unidentified victims of Communist and Nazi totalitarian regimes. The data base was designed to serves a central repository of genetic information of the victim s DNA and that of the victim s nearest living relatives, with the goal of making a positive identification of the victim
What is the aim of the project?
Learn the methods used in forensic lab and then will be able to do some analysis on their own.
What techniques and methods are used?
Students will learn how to work with evidence from a crime scene, how to prepare a bone sample for the further analysis, how to extract and amplify nuclear and mitochondrial DNA, how to interpret the forensic genetic results. They will learn forensic toxicology methods used in forensics. They will be able to attend a forensic autopsy.
What is the role of the student?
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
Participation and self development.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Any lab work done before, pipetting, extracting DNA, performing PCR, performing CE, performing mass spectrophotometry, performing chromatography
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students
- Ossowski A. Kus M. Kupiec T. Bykowska M. Zielinska G. Jasinski M.E. March A.L.: The Polish Genetic Database of Victims of Totalitarianisms; Forensic Sci. Int. 2016 : vol. 258; s. 41-49