Forensic Biology and Serology

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Course Overview:

This course entitled “Forensic Biology & Serology” has been designed in a very systematic and logical manner for self-learning of a virtual learner.This course shall be presented through a variety of multimedia enriched e-content, activities and assessments so that you are able to understand various topics very well.

The entire course shall be delivered in 15 weeks including two weeks for Revision and Assessment. In the weeks 1-7 and 9-14, you shall be provided with self-learning e-content including videos, e-text, activities and weekly quizzes. You must attempt all these quizzes.  In the 8th and 15th weeks, you are supposed to revise what you have learnt till then and you shall be given assignments and quizzes. Grades obtained in these shall be counted in the final grading.

This shall be followed by proctored examination(s) covering entire syllabus, which shall be duly notified. A team of PI/co-PI, Course Coordinator, Tutor(s)/ Teaching Assistants shall always be there with you to provide you support for any problems you face. You can post your queries in the discussion forums or through mail. At the end of the course, you must provide feedback which will help us to enhance the quality of this course further.

Objectives of the course:

This course has been developed for the students seeking in-depth understanding of the concepts related to forensic biology & serology. This course will give an overview regarding the importance and application of field of biology and serology in forensic investigation and will also emphasize general definitions and concepts in addition with the nature and role of forensic biologist in crime investigation. Some of the biological evidences such as semen, saliva, blood, sweat, faecal matter, and urine will also be dealt in detail in addition to their composition, how they are forensically important, their location at a scene of crime, how can they be collected, examined and preserved for further analysis such that their evidentiary value is not lost. This will further be followed by a detailed study on hair which will include a study on its structure and how can they be easily identified, morphology and biochemistry and also differentiation between human and non-human hair others regarding this will also be dealt with. This shall be subsequently followed by a detailed study on fibers and dye analysis. The next few sections will deal completely with genetics which will include study of DNA structure, about genetic variation, genetic markers and how they are forensically important to name a few. The last section of this course will take up topics like study of erythrocytes, proteins, haemoglobin and serum.


Eligibility for Enrolment (25 words) –

For credit transfer, a learner should be enrolled in any of the following:

Pursuing Post-Graduate course in Forensic Science

Pursuing Undergraduate course in any science subject

Pursuing MBBS

As optional/elective for related or any other relevant course

For others: No eligibility


Course prerequisite, intended audience and reading materials


For pursuing this course, students are required to be familiar with the following concepts:

Elementary biology, DNA structure & utility, genomic structure, basics of molecular biology, biochemistry, computer analysis and applications

Fundamentals of forensic science

Intended Audience     

Pursuing M.Sc. – Forensic Science

Pursuing PG diploma – Forensic Science

Pursuing Certificate courses – Forensic Science

UG Qualified Forensic Science students – B.Sc.(H) Forensic Science

UG Pursuing science students

CBSE-NET Aspirants

MBBS Students


Reading Materials:

Forensic Analysis of Biological Evidence: A Laboratory Guide for Serological and DNA Typing, by J. Thomas McClintock

 Forensic Biology, Second Edition, by Richard Li

Learning outcomes

After studying this MOOC, you shall be able to

Understand the general concepts and definitions used in forensic biology and serology and also about nature and role of forensic biologists in crime scene investigation.

Learn how to locate and collect various types of biological evidences and also about the laboratory handling procedures of such evidences.

Gain an in-depth understanding of biological evidences including semen, saliva, urine, sweat, faecal matter, blood and learn about their forensic significance.

Comprehend how hair and fibers are forensically important their examination and comparison.

Know how physical and chemical examination of fibers is done and the importance of dye analysis.

Learn about DNA structure and genetic markers.

Gain an in-depth knowledge of bio-chemical genetics, gene mapping and expression an also how genetic markers are forensically important in addition to learning about matrices supporting protein electrophoresis.

Know about erythrocytes, protein, haemoglobin and serum.

Other Skills: Interactivity, Virtual discussion, Time management, Self-Learning



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Adarsh Kumar

Dr. Adarsh Kumar

Additional Professor,

Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology


Faculty In-charge

Forensic Anthropology,

Forensic Radiology, AIIMS, New Delhi


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