Manfred Kayser studied biology at the University of Leipzig from 1989 to 1994 and performed postgraduate research at Leiden University, Oxford and at the Humboldt University of Berlinj, Germany, where he received his Ph.D. degree in genetics in 1998. After a postdoctoral period at The Pennsylvania State University, USA with Professor Mark Stoneking, he was, until 2004, at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, first as a Staff Scientist and, after he received his formal recognition as a university teacher of genetics (habilitation) and became Honorary Lecturer at the University of Leipzig, as a Heisenberg Fellow of the German Research Council with his own research group. In April 2004, he was appointed as Full Professor and Chair of forensic molecular biology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and became head of the newly established Department of Forensic Molecular Biology at the Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam. From 2006 to 2007, he was additionally a Visiting Professor of human evolutionary genetics at the Institute of Genetics, University of Cologne. Professor Kayser’s scientific interests are human population and evolutionary genetics as well as forensic genetics and forensic molecular biology. He authored and coauthored more than 75 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, regularly accepts invitations to scientific conferences and institutions, and served as an ad hoc reviewer for over 25 scientific journals as well as scientific organizations in the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, South Africa, Israel, Canada, and the USA. He regularly provides academic and public teaching in forensic genetics, human evolutionary genetics, and genetic anthropology in the Netherlands and Germany.
Biography Updated on 22 September 2010