About us

The Section of Forensic Biology

The Section of Forensic Biology is organized as part of Oslo University Hospital within the Department of Forensic. The laboratory is situated at Rikshospitalet in Oslo. 


In Norway the forensic casework is assigned by the Police Department. Crime scene investigators working at the police force are responsible for securing biological traces at the crime scene. Case information, swabs and other objects related to the crime are transferred to the Section for Forensic Biology for further documentation and characterization. For DNA profiling 16 autosomal Short tandem repeats (STRs), in addition to X- and Y-sex markers, are routinely used in our forensic laboratory. The number of autosomal markers will increase to 23 during the year 2020. 


Details from the work characterizing the biological traces in the specific case are summarized in a report that is sent to the police. When a case goes to trial the forensic geneticist will meet in court to provide unbiased information and answer questions regarding the case work.


The laboratory is accredited by the Global standard ISO17025. Section for Forensic Biology is a member of both The European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) and EDNAP - the European DNA profiling group.

No private assignments are investigated by the laboratory.

Contact information: biologiske-spor@ous-hf.no

 Ongoing scientific work and available positions

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