Message from the Director

Institute of Forensic Sciences aim to provide well-trained professionals that are in demand in almost all fields of Forensic Sciences. As the first institute in our country to serve in this field, in the past 3 decades, out of a total of 629 graduates, which 488 of them were post graduate and 141 of them were PhD degree, who now are positioned in Higher Judicial bodies and local courts, Ministry of Justice, courthouses, the Institution of Forensic Medicine, several Police Departments, Crime Laboratories and many other establishments on various levels of forensic services. Education is provided through Divisions of Forensic Social, Life and Medical Sciences, and the total number of courses -most being selective- available in our post graduate and PhD program is 115. This way, students have many options to choose from for when they are planning their training based on their goals. The number of academic members tenured in our institute is 22 and 29 faculty members who are long-serving notable people from our university are known for their scientific research, both national and worldwide. Our academic staff and our dynamic management staff are both involved in our students personal and academic problems, supporting them on their way to be well-trained Forensic Experts, who are able to work cases thoroughly. Students are guided by their supervisor to choose a fitting thesis title to their knowledge, skills and talents, especially students of the division of life sciences acquire the common knowledge and skills required to work in forensic science laboratories after graduating.

Research and development studies are another priority. Many projects have been completed, continiued or planned in all three  divisions. Students choose their thesis subjects based on the need in the field of forensic science and aim to add value to real life, expand the capasity of the nation to fight crime and criminals by data obtained from the thesis once it has been completed. Project sustainability and for the results obtained creating a multiplier effect on society, thus increasing the quality of life for people, and to ease the founding of justice are other issues we care about.

Also, we serve the public by varying our routine services, with the help of our laboratory capacity and  knowledge gained through out our education and research/development activities. For this purpose, we accept  private and corporate requests as well as requests by court orders for forensic document examination, fraud, signature and handwriting examination, editing a dictum after case study, toxicological analysis (drug screening, alcohol tests, heavy metal analysis, workplace analysis etc.) and genetic analysis (paternity tests, bloodline connections, biologic samples from crime scenes etc.) in our laboratory which possesses a quality system that is ISO 17025 accredited.

Institute of Forensic Sciences, as a member of European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) since 1999, have been a part of the international knowledge, experience and sharing system.

I would like to state that, with our keen and dynamic staff, experience level based on our past, laboratory equipped with modern instruments, and most important of all, the eagerness and motivation gained due to our contribution to the founding of the criminal justice system, our staff that value team-work; we volunteer to serve you students through our education programmes, follow the change of the ever so fast upgrading technology and to serve our public, along with my kind regards.

Faruk Aşıcıoğlu, MD & PhD

Professor in Forensic Medicine

PhD in Medical Biology

Institute Director

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