The Department of Genetics carries out the comparative study of human nuclear and mitochondrial DNA for genetic identification of crime scene samples, unknown bodies, missing persons and kinship following international guidelines. Based on the expert activity the Department has the duty to maintain and manage the national forensic DNA database and takes part in international data exchange.

The Department is also responsible for forensic anthropological investigations of unidentified human bodies and photos/videos taken of perpetrators, suspects and victims.


Beyond the expert work, the employees of the Department take part in different scientific projects, aiming the development of technology of forensic genetics and anthropology.

The Department has four units for

  • Normal level nuclear DNA analysis
  • LCN nuclear and mitochondrial DNA analysis
  • Reference sample analysis for DNA databasing and paternity / kinship testing as well as for forensic anthropology
  • DNA database registry

The Department is accredited according to MSZ EN ISO/IEC 17025:2018 standard.

Head of the Department of Genetics

Attila Tapasztó forensic geneticist

International relations 

  •  Prüm Treaty  - under the Prüm Treaty the Department of Genetics is involved in the international exchange of DNA profile data on the basis of EU legislation with 22 member states
  •  DNA WG  - we actively participates in the DNA Working Group of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI): >>visit website

Contact for international relations

  • János Woller