Bram Bekaert

Bram Bekaert (°1976) started his career in 1996 as a police officer (Rijkswacht) in Brussels and joined the GOTTS unit, a specialized team responsible for transferring dangerous criminals and VIPs, while studying part-time for a BSc in Biotechnology at GroepT. He moved to the UK to study forensic science and obtained a second bachelor degree and an MSc in Forensic DNA Profiling at the University of Central Lancashire. In 2009 he obtained his PhD in nutri-epigenomics at the University of Surrey and was offered a job as a forensic geneticist at the Laboratory for Forensic Genetics and Molecular Archaeology at the University Hospitals Leuven.

In 2014 he co-founded the MSc course Forensic Biomedical Sciences within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Leuven, was appointed part-time Assistant Professor and currently coordinates three modules within the forensic course.

His research interests are focused on the application of next generation sequencing techniques for forensic investigations and the development of new tools such as molecular age and time of death estimation.