Division of Life Sciences

Head of Division: Münevver AÇIKKOL, Professor

e-mail: acikkolm@istanbul.edu.tr

Phone: +90 (212) 414 30 00 – 22846

Division Secretary:  Elvan EMRAL UĞUR

Phone: +90 (212) 414 30 00 – 22801

General Information

Division of Life Sciences aim to educate students in fields such as forensic toxicology, forensic molecular genetics, forensic chemistry, forensic biology, forensic physics and criminalistics that have and impact on forensic sciences or will have an impact on life sciences, and provide classical and current knowledge based on theory and practice.

The Division of Life Sciences consists of 3 Professors, 3 Associate Professors, 3 Assistant Professors and 7 Research Assistants, 2 specialists, 1 pharmasist, 1 biologist and 1 chemist.

This comprehensive program incorporates a unique curriculum of 30 courses in Master’s Program and 23 courses in PhD Program.

Research Fields
Post Graduate and Doctoral Students have to prepare an original dissertation to accomplish their programs.

Some of the main research subjects are as following:

  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic Molecular Genetics and DNA
  • Forensic Biology
  • Forensic Entomology
  • Forensic Microbiology
  • Questiones Document Examination
  • Balistics
  • Forensic Physics

Master’s Program Fall Semester Courses

Master’s Program Spring Semester Courses

  • Firearms and Gunshot Residue
  • Clinic and Emergency Toxicology
  • Toxic Substances
  • Forensic Sciences and Semen
  • Basic Microbiology in Forensic Sciences
  • Forensic Toxicology-II
  • Stucture and Function of Nucleotides-II
  • Document and Ink Chemistry
  • Heavy Metal Toxicology
  • Questined Document Examination
  • Statistics in Forensic Sciences
  • Population Genetics

PhD Program Fall Semester Courses

  • Forensic Microbiology and Applications
  • Forensic Sciences and Wild Life
  • Investigative Genetics in Terrorist Attacks and Natural Disasters
  • Forensic DNA Analysis
  • Risk and Value Analysis
  • Forensic Botany
  • Forensic Palynology
  • Chemical Warfare Agents: Low Level Toxicology
  • Scientific Research, Ethics, Project Management Techniques and Use of Experimental Animals
  • Seminare Class

PhD Program Spring Semester Courses

  • Behavioral Genetics
  • Microscopy Techniques
  • Trace Evidence Analysis
  • Target Organ Toxicology
  • Forensic Aspects of Genetic Diseases
  • Entomo Toxicology in Forensic Sciences
  • Forensic Sciences and DNA
  • Balistics
  • Forensic Entomology
  • Water Analysis and Safety
  • Genetic Identification
  • Forensic Toxicology in Substance Abuse
  • Gathering, Storage and Analysis of Pshycoactive Substances

Please click to preview our latest Master’s and PhD Program curriculum.

Who may apply?

Besides Faculty of Life Sciences graduates, Education Faculty and Engineering Faculty graduates from corresponding fields (Chemistry, Environmental and Physics Engineering etc.), Pharmacology Faculty and Genetics and Bioengineering bachelor graduates may apply to our post graduate and doctoral programs.

Career Opportunities in Forensic Science for Graduates

Our graduates may choose to have a career in forensic laboratories that serve Criminal Justice Systems worldwide (Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Interiors etc.), as an expert and in universities for an academic career.

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