Dr. Walther Parson
Institute of Legal Medicine, Innsbruck Medical University, Austria
Müllerstrasse 44, 6020 Innsbruck
Forensic Science Program, The Pennsylvania State University
13 Thomas Building, University Park, PA 16802, USA
Main areas of research:
Dr. Walther Parson received his doctorate in forensic molecular biology in 1999 and set up the Austrian National DNA Database Laboratory in Innsbruck. He is a trained zoologist and his main areas of research are forensic genetics, population genetics and medical genetics. Dr. Parson has authored more than 330 peer-reviewed articles (H-index of 56) and received international scientific prizes. The Medical University of Innsbruck - mostly because of Parson’s group, is number six in the world’s most productive institutions in the field of Legal Medicine and Forensic Science (http://sciencewatch.com/ana/fea/11julaugFea), and personally, Dr. Parson appears on position 22 in the list of most-cited scientist worldwide in this field. The internationally recognized forensic databases EMPOP and STRidER were developed under his administrative and scientific supervision and he currently acts as responsible curator. He supervises an active group of scientists that investigate technological aspects of DNA quantitation and analysis, DNA sequencing on traditional and NGS platforms as well as collaborative studies and exercises on predictive DNA analyses for appearance, ancestry and age.
He is an Austrian representative in the European DNA Profiling (EDNAP) group as well as the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) DNA Working Group (current co-chairman of the sub-working group on DNA analysis and interpretation methods). Dr. Parson serves as advisor on international boards and steering committees including the ENFSI DNA Working Group, the European Academy of Forensic Sciences (EAFS), the Steering Committee of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) as well as numerous editorial boards of scientific journals.
1993 Master of Science, Biology, University of Innsbruck
1999 Doctorate, Biology, University of Innsbruck
2001 Habilitation/Venia docendi, Legal Medicine, University of Innsbruck
Since 2002 Associate Professor at the Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Innsbruck, since 2004 Medical University of Innsbruck
Since 2016 Adjunct Professor at the Forensic Science Program, Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA (Associate Professor since 2012).
Invitations to present at conferences (5 max)
2016-03-14 Parson, W. (key lecture) Advancing Forensic Mitochondrial DNA Sequencing, Genetics in Forensics Congress, London, UK
2016-02-23 Parson, W. (invited presentation) NGS in Forensics: Why, When and Where? AAFS 68th Annual Scientific Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
2016-09-29 Parson, W. (invited presentation) Genetic Identification of highly degraded DNA by capture-based massively parallel next generation sequencing. International Symposium on Human Identification, Minneapolis MN, USA
2015-06-24 Parson, W. (key lecture) Celebrity genetics: DNA identification of famous persons. 9th ISABS Congress, Brac, Croatia
2013-09-04 Parson, W. (main presentation) Next Generation mtGenome Sequencing of Forensic samples, 25th ISFG World Congress, Melbourne, Australia
Academic prizes/recognitions (5 max)
2016 President of the International Society of Forensic Genetics (ISFG)
2012 Member of the executive board of the International Society of Forensic Genetics (ISFG)
2009 Elected member to the “National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina”
2005 Scientific award of the International Society for Forensic Genetics (ISFG)
2004 Scientific award of the German Society of Legal Medicine, ‚Wissenschaftspreis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Rechtsmedizin’ (DGRM)
Editorships (5 max)
Since 2016 Editorial Board member of the “Journal of Forensic Sciences Research”
Since 2008 Editorial Board member of the “International Journal of Legal Medicine”
Since 2007 Editorial Board member of the “Open Forensic Science Journal”
Since 2007 Editorial Board member of the journal “Problems of Forensic Sciences”
Since 2007 Editorial Board member of the “Forensic Science International Genetics”
Projects (5 max)
European project: DNASEQEX - DNA-STR Massive Sequencing & International Information Exchange, funded by the European Commission, No. HOME/2014/ISFP/AG/LAWX/ 4000007135, 2016-2018.
European project: EUROFORGEN: No-E - European Forensic Genetics Network of Excellence, funded by the European Commission FP7 Program, No. FP7-SEC-2011-285487, 2012-2016.
International project: Maximizing mtDNA Testing Potential with the Generation of High-Quality mtGenome Reference Data, funded by the National Institute of Justice (USA), No. 2011-MU-MU-K402, 2011-2014.
European project: MIDAS - The development and validation of a rapid millifluidic DNA analysis system for forensic casework samples, funded by the European Commission FP7 Program, No. 242345, 2010-2013.
European project: SNPforID - Single nucleotide polymorphisms for the forensic identification of persons, funded by the European Commission FP5 Program, No. G6RD-CT-2002-00844, 2002-2005.
Publications see Research Gate at www.researchgate.net/profile/Walther_Parson/publications
Forensic Genomics, Population Genetics, Human Identification, Species Identification
Tel.: +43 512 9003 70651