Professional Master in Molecular Diagnostic and Forensic Sciences
Molecular Diagnostic and Forensic Sciences (MMDFS) is a multi-disciplinary program that utilizes proteomics, genomics, biostatistics and Forensic Biology to identify trace proteins called “markers” that are secreted into the blood by tumors, or present in cells or tissues, and to establish facts of interest in relation to criminal or civil law
The Master’s Degree in MMDFS program provides professional education and training at the graduate level for laboratory scientists in the area of molecular diagnosis for acquired, inherited, and infectious diseases and for Forensic science.
Molecular diagnostic testing uses sensitive and specific clinical laboratory techniques to detect and identify biomarkers at the most basic level, that of nucleic acids (DNA and RNA). Common applications of molecular methods include medical diagnosis, establishing prognosis, monitoring the course of disease, and selecting optimal therapies. Molecular methods are also used in both forensic and non-forensic identification. A variety of biological materials can be used for molecular testing including fetal cells from amniotic fluid, dried blood spots from newborn screening programs, blood samples, buccal (mouth) swabs, bone, and hair follicles.
Recruitment: Applications are reviewed by an admission committee. The best candidates are selected after interview
Required Level: Students with M1 degree in Biology or Biochemistry or an equivalent degree from Faculty of Medicine, dentist or Public Health. (The courses will exclusively be given in English and the applicants should be fluent in English)
Capacity: 10 Students
Further Studies / Career Opportunities
There are six general areas of practice: Crime laboratory analyst, forensic engineer (dealing with traffic accidents, fire investigations, a variety of wrongful injury cases) crime scene examiner (being able to deal with dead bodies and other messy situations) academic assistance, technical assistance
Selected Teachers in Molecular Diagnostic and Forensic Sciences