Summer 2020 - MBB 463 D100

Forensic Genomics (3)

Class Number: 5442

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 11 – Aug 10, 2020: Wed, Fri, 8:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    MBB 331, with a minimum grade of C.



A focus on the molecular and genomic biology associated with forensic science, including genome structure, genotyping, genetic analysis of DNA fingerprints, DNA data bases and CODIS, Y STRs. mtDNA and ethical considerations of DNA typing.


  1. May 13:          Class introduction, What is forensic science?
  2. May 15:          Forensic science over the past 200 years
  3. May 20:          What is evidence? Blood as evidence
  4. May 22:          DNA typing methods/serology
  5. May 27:          Genome structure
  6. May 29:          Genetics
  7. June 3:           Exam #1 (covering lectures 1-6)
  8. June 5:           Assignment posted, Case study
  9. June 10:         DNA as evidence
  10. June 13:         DNA fingerprinting
  11. June 17:         STR analysis
  12. June 19:         Y STR and paternity testing
  13. June 24:         mtDNA analysis
  14. June 26:         DNA databases
  15. July 1:            Exam #2 (covering lectures 8-14)
  16. July 3:            Case study: is DNA evidence infallible? OJ Simpson
  17. July 8:            23andme/ etc
  18. July 10:          Genetic genealogy
  19. July 15:          Case study: East area rapist
  20. July 17:          Modern advances in forensic genomics 
  21. July 22:          Applications of forensic genomics: disaster identification
  22. July 24:          Applications of forensic genomics: historical identification
  23. July 29:          Exam #3 (covering lectures 16-22)
  24. July 31:          Presentations
  25. Aug 5:            Presentations, report due
  26. Aug 7:            Ethical considerations of DNA collection


  • Exam 1 20%
  • Exam 2 20%
  • Exam 3 20%
  • Group assignment: Individual Report 25%
  • Group assignment: Presentation 15%


For Summer 2020 only.
If you do not have MBB 331 as a pre-requisite but have completed MBB 231 and have a cGPA of 2.7 or higher, please contact the MBB advisor, Evon Khor at  Please include your student number in the e-mail.



There is no textbook for this course.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Registrar Notes:


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Please note that all teaching at SFU in summer term 2020 will be conducted through remote methods. Enrollment in this course acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.