Mechthild Prinz

Mechthild Prinz

Mechthild Prinz

Associate Professor of Forensic Biology

Areas of Expertise: Forensic biology, forensic genetics

My interest in science started with an application in mind: I wanted to work towards environmental protection and wrote my master’s thesis on bio indicators for air pollution. It was more of a coincidence that brought me to the university’s Institute of Legal Medicine where I became involved in forensic DNA analysis and discovered this fascinating new field with another important application. “DNA fingerprinting,” as it was called back then, immediately captured my attention and I haven’t been bored since. After many years of casework and applied research in two different forensic biology crime laboratories, I am happy to now be in an academic setting and to be able to share my knowledge. I am going to continue my work on minimal traces of DNA and will pursue research on establishing optimal crime scene collection protocols, improved individualization, and advanced interpretation modes on relevance and statistical significance. I am also interested in other aspects of forensic biology, such a body fluid identification or population genetics.

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