Professional Master in Molecular Diagnostic and Forensic Sciences


Molecular Diagnostic and Forensic Sciences (MMDFS) is a multi-disciplinary program that utilizes proteomics, genomics, biostatistics and Forensic Biology to identify trace proteins called “markers” that are secreted into the blood by tumors, or present in cells or tissues, and to establish facts of interest in relation to criminal or civil law The Master’s Degree in MMDFS program provides professional education and training at the graduate level for laboratory scientists in the area of molecular diagnosis for acquired, inherited, and infectious diseases and for Forensic science.

Acquired Skills

Molecular diagnostic testing uses sensitive and specific clinical laboratory techniques to detect and identify biomarkers at the most basic level, that of nucleic acids (DNA and RNA). Common applications of molecular methods include medical diagnosis, establishing prognosis, monitoring the course of disease, and selecting optimal therapies. Molecular methods are also used in both forensic and non-forensic identification. A variety of biological materials can be used for molecular testing including fetal cells from amniotic fluid, dried blood spots from newborn screening programs, blood samples, buccal (mouth) swabs, bone, and hair follicles.

Admission Conditions

Recruitment: Applications are reviewed by an admission committee. The best candidates are selected after interview

Required Level: Students with M1 degree in Biology or Biochemistry or an equivalent degree from Faculty of Medicine, dentist or Public Health. (The courses will exclusively be given in English and the applicants should be fluent in English)

Capacity: 10 Students

Further Studies / Career Opportunities

There are six general areas of practice: Crime laboratory analyst, forensic engineer (dealing with traffic accidents, fire investigations, a variety of wrongful injury cases) crime scene examiner (being able to deal with dead bodies and other messy situations) academic assistance, technical assistance

Selected Teachers in Molecular Diagnostic and Forensic Sciences

Dany Loutfallah Azar

Full professor
Life & Earth Sciences department

Molecular Diagnostic and Forensic Sciences M2 Courses


  • M1 Biology
  • M1 Biochemistry

General Infos

  • Diploma Level: BAC+5
  • Studies Duration: 1 Year
  • Type: Professional
  • Teaching Language: English
  • Total Credits Number: 60
  • Location: Rafic Hariri University campus - Hadath
  • Supervisor: بسام محمد بدران
  • Email: bassam.badran(at)ul.edu.lb

Selected Projects

  • Antibiofilm activity of the extracts of Astragalus angulosus & Scorzonera mackmeliana (2012-2013)
  • The discipline of ballistics and fire arm injuries (2012-2013)
  • ATP Dependent and Independent Exocytosis in Mouse Chromaffin Cells (2012-2013)
  • Mutagenesis and signal transduction of type 4 secretion effector protein CagA of Helicobacter pylori (2013-2014)
  • Comparison of the chemical composition of the essential oil of laurus nobilis leaves and fruits from Lebanon (2013-2014)
  • Study of the interaction of steroid derivatives with human serum albumin by spectrofluorescence (2014-2015)
  • DNA Evidence From the Crime Scene To The Crime Laboratory (2014-2015)
  • Role of microRNA in the expression of 3’UTR of CIITA (2014-2015)

Selected Courses