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About | Dr Peter Forster


Dr Peter Forster, biotechnological director of Fluxus Technology Ltd, is the principal contact for legal medical and phylogeographic projects.
E-Mail:   pf [at] fluxus-technology [dot] com

Born in 1967, he studied chemistry at the universities of Kiel and Hamburg, specialised in genetics at the Heinrich-Pette-Institute of Virology and Immunology in Hamburg and received his PhD in Biology in 1997. After postdoctoral research at the Institute of Legal Medicine in Muenster until 1999, he was appointed Research Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in Cambridge until 2006. In the same period, he became a Founding Member of the interdisciplinary Junge Akademie in Berlin. From 2006-2009 he was a university senior lecturer in forensics and life sciences. Peter Forster is currently Director of Research at the Institute for Forensic Genetics in Muenster (Germany), Vice-President of CSAR (Churchill College, University of Cambridge, UK), Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in Cambridge, and an editor of the International Journal of Legal Medicine (Springer, Heidelberg).

Peter Forster has co-developed (with H.-J. Bandelt, A. Röhl, T. Polzin, and others) phylogenetic network analysis of mitochondrial DNA, Y-chromosomal DNA, and linguistic data. He also specialises in DNA ancestry tests (www.rootsforreal.com) using proofread databases. He acts as an external examiner for other universities, and as a reviewer for academic journals and research funding bodies in the United Kingdom and internationally.

DNA Database Queries
The genealogical service Roots for Real uses curated human mtDNA and Y chromosomal databases for individual genealogical analysis. Here at Fluxus Technology, we provide database searches for population samples on request, usually for academic research. These analyses are performed on the same databases as for the established Roots for Real service. The price for the population analysis service is by negotiation, and can sometimes be waived in return for coauthorship. Please contact Dr Peter Forster.