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Prof. Maurice Aalders

Special chair in Forensic Biophysics

Maurice Aalders
Maurice Aalders

Short Biography

Aalders graduated in physics at the VU University in Amsterdam 1996. He obtained his PhD in 2001 on his work on fluorescence imaging in oncology, performed at the Laser Centre of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands Cancer Institute and the University of Munich. He obtained a NWO/STW, Innovational Research Incentives Scheme (VIDI) grant on ‘Depth-resolved Optical Spectroscopic Imaging (DOSI) in tissue in 2006.

He was appointed Professor in Forensic Biophysics at the Academic Medical Center of the UvA in 2012. His research group focusses on the age determination of inflicted bruises and bloodstains, post-mortem time determination from body cooling and bloodstain pattern analysis.

He developed and coordinated several courses in the UvA Master ‘Forensic Science’ and coordinates currently the course ‘Science and Innovation in Forensic Science’.

He has an advisory role in the AMC spin-off company ‘Forensic Technical Solutions’ (FTS), which he founded in 2010.

Since September 2013 Maurice co-directs the Co van Ledden Hulsebosch Center.

He published over 90 peer-reviewed articles, is regular reviewer for forensic, medical and physics’ journals, and is a member of the jury for national funding (including NWO/STW, Innovational Research Incentives Scheme, and the STW Open Technology Programme) and international funding agencies.

Key Publications:

  • Edelman G, Roos M., Bolck A., Aalders M.C.G., 2016, ‘Practical Implementation of Blood Stain Age Estimation Using Spectroscopy’, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, 32(3) 1-7.
  • Edelman, G., van Leeuwen, T.G., Aalders, M.C.G. 2015, ‘Visualization of Latent Blood Stains Using Visible Reflectance Hyperspectral Imaging and Chemometrics’, Journal of forensic sciences,60,s1,S188-S192.
  • van Dam, A., Schwarz J., de Vos, J., Siebes, M., Sijen, T., van Leeuwen T.G., Aalders, M.C.G., Lambrechts, S.A.G., 2014, ‘Oxidation monitoring by fluorescence spectroscopy reveals the age of fingermarks’, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 53(24),6272-6275.