About | Dr Peter Forster

Dr Peter Forster FRSB and his brother Dr Michael Forster are the directors of Fluxus Technology Ltd, which they founded in Cambridge (UK) in 1999.

E-mail:  flux2p [at] fluxus-technology [dot] com   (this email reaches Peter and Michael)

Born in 1967, he studied chemistry at the universities of Kiel and Hamburg, specialised in genetics at the Heinrich-Pette-Institute of Virology and Immunology in Hamburg and received his PhD in Biology in 1997. After postdoctoral research at the Institute of Legal Medicine in Muenster until 1999, he was appointed Research Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in Cambridge until 2006. In the same period, he became a Founding Member of the interdisciplinary Junge Akademie in Berlin. From 2006-2009 he was a university senior lecturer in forensics and life sciences.

He was appointed Vice-President of CSAR (Churchill College, University of Cambridge, UK), Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in Cambridge and Fellow of Murray Edwards College. He was appointed life member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, and holds the positions of the director of research at the Institute for Forensic Genetics in Muenster (Germany), and editorial board member of the International Journal of Legal Medicine (Springer, Heidelberg).

Peter Forster has co-developed (with H.-J. Bandelt, A. Röhl, T. Polzin, and others) phylogenetic network analysis of mitochondrial DNA, Y-chromosomal DNA, and linguistic data. He also specialises in DNA ancestry tests ( using proofread databases. He acts as an external examiner for other universities, and as a reviewer for academic journals and research funding bodies in the United Kingdom and internationally.