Yoram Goedhart MSc (BSc Psychobiology)
Forensic DNA at the Netherlands Forensic Institute
I started the Forensic Science programme in 2018, after graduating from my Bachelor's in Psychobiology. Although neuroscience remains an interest, I wanted something with a more direct impact on society, leading me to Forensic Science.
Rosanne de Roo MSc (BSc Psychobiology)
PhD candidate and Forensic Advisor for the Court of Appeal of Arnhem-Leeuwarden
Before Forensic Science, I obtained a Master's degree in Psychology (specialisation in clinical neuropsychology). Why two masters? Both are obviously very interesting (I mean, neuroscience and CSI, awesome right!?), and I thought, what have I got to lose?
Meike Kombrink (BSc AI)
PhD Candidate Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI)/UvA
I am now a full-time PhD student at the NFI, and one day a week at the UvA, trying to detect steganographic content. Steganography is the art and science of covert communication, where (for example) an image is hidden within another image. I’m still in my first year of the PhD but am really looking forward to continuing this exciting research and, hopefully, get forensically relevant results.
Steffan Jonkers MSc (BSc Bèta-gamma, major Chemistry)
Forensic chemo metrician/ software developer at Netherlands Forensic Institute
I graduated from the MSc Forensic Science in July 2016 with a chemo metrics research project on fire debris data. During the Master's, I was a member of the Programme Committee. I am working at the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI), mainly on the NFiDENT project, which aims to reduce the turnaround time for drug measurements.
Marissa Koopman MSc (BSc Liberal Arts and Sciences, major Biochemical Sciences)
Graduate assistant and PhD Candidate at l’Ecole des sciences criminelles of the University of Lausanne
After completing my PhD, I hope to continue to grow into the field and help governments and international organisations locate clandestine graves via remote sensing.
Nick Laan MSc, (BSc Physics and Astronomy)
PhD Candidate: Impact of Blood Droplets at University of Amsterdam
Before starting the Forensic Science programme, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in physics. When I saw that there was a Master's in Forensic Science, I just knew I wanted to do that. It is an appealing field of work and not so abstract. For me, the Master’s programme became really challenging when I started the research project.
Katrin Niedermaier MSc (BSc Biology)
Forensic Scientist in the Crime Scene Unit
After graduating, I was lucky to find a job with the State Federal Police Office in Berlin, where I am currently employed as a Forensic Scientist in the Crime Scene Unit. My job, and that of my team, is to manage crime scenes in cases of capital and serious offenses. We search for trace evidence, visualise it and subsequently secure it for further analysis by specialised departments.
Remi Wieten MSc (BSc Applied Mathematics)
PhD Candidate - Probabilistic Decision-Making Based on Arguments at Utrecht University
I started the Master's in Forensic Science in 2012 after completing my Bachelor's in Mathematics. Though I liked the formality and rigor of theoretical mathematics, in the end I preferred to apply math to solve specific practical problems. When I found out about the Master's, I was immediately enthusiastic; I never knew such a Master existed, combining many disciplines and covering a variety of exciting subjects. Read more...
Felix Bittner (BSc Biotechnology)
DNA Research and Validation Analyst at International Commission on Missing Persons
During the Master's, I thoroughly enjoyed the DNA lectures of Ate Kloosterman. To have such direct and personal access to his wealth of knowledge and experience was very enriching. This is, of course, one of the strongest points of the MFS programme: students get direct access to many experts.
Frederike Oetker MSc (BSc Science Communication and Bionics)
PhD Candidate working on detecting patterns and modelling criminal networks
Since 2021, I am a PhD candidate at the Informatics Institute at the UvA, working on detecting patterns and modelling criminal networks in the cocaine market in the Netherlands, in collaboration with the police. It is my dream job, as I always wanted to do a PhD and remain in a research environment, and I hope I can take on more projects like this, as well as doing more teaching at the UvA. Read more...
Asim Q. Akbani MSc (BSc Biotechnology)
European Patent Attorney Candidate in a law firm in Munich
I started the Master's in Forensic Science in 2014 after completing a Bachelor's in Biomedical Engineering from Karachi, Pakistan. Forensic Science in Amsterdam was my first choice because it offers a unique opportunity of a multidisciplinary education together with a research specialisation according to the students’ backgrounds. Fortunately, I was accepted and awarded Amsterdam Merit Scholarship for the entire duration of the programme.
Irene van Damme MSc (BSc Biomedical Sciences)
PhD Candidate in the Analytical Chemistry group of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences
I’m working on two main research lines: chemical profiling of explosive precursors and studying the transfer and persistence of explosive materials. The work is conducted in close collaboration with the IBED, NFI, TNO, FOI, and FBI. Our research will lead to new insights that support both source-level and activity-level evidence linking suspects to preparing homemade explosives.