Reviewer Hall of Fame

Reviewers are the lifeblood of this journal, helping us to ensure that we publish only the highest quality papers across the disciplines that we represent. They maintain the rigorous standards of FSIG and the integrity of the research that we disseminate. Reviewers are carefully selected by the editors for the excellence of their work and their expertise in the field. With that in mind, we are delighted to introduce a new feature, the Forensic Science International: Genetics ‘Reviewer Hall of Fame’, which recognises the significant role of our most active reviewers. We will be updating this list annually to celebrate those who have completed the most high-quality reviews for FSIG each year.

Wojciech Branicki
Jagiellonian University

Wojciech Branicki is a professor and research group leader at Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology of the Jagiellonian University. The group participates in research on the discovery of new genetic and epigenetic markers and in the development of new forensic genetics tools. His main area of interest is DNA-based prediction of appearance traits and age.

Peter Gill
University of Oslo Hospital, Norway

Peter Gill is Professor of Forensic Genetics. Research interests include: the development of open-source software development to interpret complex DNA profiles (mixtures); interpretation of evidence at ‘activity’ level and the analysis and prevention of miscarriages of justice. He is an active member of ISFG and ENSFI, regularly organising and supporting educational workshops on the interpretation of evidence.

Peter de Knijff
Leiden University Medical Center

Since 2005, Peter de Knijff is full professor in population genetics and evolutionary genetics at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), The Netherlands. Since 1994 he leads the Forensic Laboratory for DNA research at LUMC. In 1997, he was co-responsible (together with Lutz Roewer and Manfred Kayser) for the worldwide introduction of Y-chromosomal microsatellites for forensic genetic and population genetic applications. Since 2011 he tries to use Massively Parallel Sequencing, a method for which his lab received ISO-17025 accreditation in 2015, as a new forensic diagnostic DNA-tool.

Hwan Young Lee
Seoul National University College

Hwan Young Lee is currently associate professor of forensic medicine at Seoul National University College of Medicine, South Korea. Her research interests include developing DNA methylation markers for body fluid identification, age prediction, and lifestyle prediction and applying these markers to evidence analysis.

2017 entrants:

Bruce Budowle
The University of North Texas Health Center

Dr. Budowle currently directs the Center for Human Identification, is Vice Chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Genetics and Professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Texas. His research efforts focus on the areas of human forensic genetics, microbial forensics, emerging infectious disease, molecular biology technologies, and pharmacogenetics.

Thore Egeland
Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Thore Egeland is an applied statistician with experience in many areas including geostatistics, medicine, and reliability. Currently, his main area of research is forensic genetics and projects related to the software.

Christopher Phillips
University of Santiago de Compostela

Chris Phillips is a full- time researcher at the Forensic Genetics Unit, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Interests are wide ranging, but centre on developing new forensic markers and the application of forensic genetics to investigative practice; particularly the analysis of a person’s ancestry from their genetic variation. Research has extended from SNPs to Indels to novel STRs, and more recently the potential of massively parallel sequencing technologies to characterise microhaplotypes and sequence variation in established STR loci.