Dr Abdulrahman Oleiwi

Senior Lecturer

School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

I started my academic career in 2004 at Baghdad University, where I worked as a researcher and lecturer in molecular biology and DNA profiling. My forensic career started in 2007 when I joined the Disaster Victim Identification and Mass Grave Management programme in Iraq.

After five years of working in that sector I left to start on my PhD at the University of Wolverhampton. My expertise includes DNA, DNA profiling, moelcular biology, disaster victim identification, forensic biology, genetics, paternity, kinship analysis and paternal DNA. My broad research interests are within forensic genetics and its application to forensic investigations which includes but not limited to; DNA extraction and preservation, new and emerging DNA technologies, Biogeographical ancestry (BGA) and the use of genotypes for identity and phenotype prediction.

I joined Staffordshire University in 2019 within the school of Law, Policing and Forensics, where I lecture at all levels on Forensic Biology and DNA Profiling

Professional memberships and activities

Affiliate of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, 'Experimental Approaches to Improving Trace DNA Recovery from Developed Fingerprints’, University of Wolverhampton.
  • MSc in Genetic Engineering, Baghdad University.
  • Diploma in Teaching and Examination in Higher Education, Baghdad University.


  • Disaster victim identification
  • Kinship analysis
  • Genetics
  • Moelcular biology
  • DNA
  • DNA profiling
  • Forensic biology
  • Paternity

Research interests

  • DNA extraction and preservation.
  • New and emerging DNA technologies.
  • Biogeographical ancestry (BGA) and the use of genotypes for identity and phenotype prediction.
  • Forensic bioinformatics



  • Forensic Biology and DNA Profiling
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Research Skills
  • Independent projects


  • Forensic Biology and DNA profiling
  • Statistical analysis of evidence
UK University

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for Course Content

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of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021