Northumbria University Centre for Forensic Science

Dr Edna Iwamura

Dr Edna Iwamura graduated in 1986 with a Bachelors in Exact and Experimental Sciences from MacKenzie Presbyterian University—one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Brazil. From 1988 to 2007, she was a member of the Faculty of Medicine, University of São Paulo, contributing to research in structural biology and apoptosis, completing a Masters with the Institute of Biomedical Sciences in 1995, and leading the undergraduate course in forensic biology and histopathology at the Hospital das Clinicas, completing a PhD in Experimental Physiology in 2003 and a specialization in Bioethics in 2004. From 2004 to 2007, Edna was responsible for genetic identity testing in the São Paulo Central Radioimmunoassay Laboratory and in 2007 she was appointed Associate Professor in the Escola Paulista de Medicina—where she leads research in the Molecular Pathology Laboratory and undertakes Master and Doctoral research supervision. Founded in 1933, the School is part of the Federal University of São Paulo.

Edna’s research interests are in molecular diagnosis—as it relates both to targeted therapies and to population genetic markers of forensic interest—with the aim of improving methods in investigative pathology and human identification. She has published widely in both the clinical and forensic science literature, and is assistant editor of Saúde, Ética e Justiça. Edna is a member of the advisory committee of the Brazilian National Council of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq) and the Research Support Foundation of São Paulo State (FAPESP). She has organized—with Dr. Petra Urbanova (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)—international workshops in forensic anthropology and genetics, and in May 2013 was President of the IV Brazilian Congress of Forensic Genetics held at the Memorial da América Latina in São Paulo, Brazil.


For a summary of Edna’s career and publications, click here (in Portuguese)


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