Sevil Atasoy


Born in 1949. National of Turkey. Professor of Biochemistry and Forensic Science; Vice-Rector; Director, Institute of Addiction and Forensic Science; Head, Department of Forensic Science; Director, Center of Violence and Crime Prevention, Uskudar University, Istanbul. Director, Institute of Forensic Science, Istanbul University (1988-2010). Director, Department of Narcotics and Toxicology, Ministry of Justice (1980-1993). Expert witness in civil and criminal courts (since 1980). 

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (1972), Master of Science in Biochemistry (1976), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biochemistry (1979), Istanbul University.

Lecturer in biochemistry/criminalistics/crime scene investigation (since 1982); supervisor for more than 50 master's and doctoral thesis in the area of biochemistry and forensic science. Author of over 130 scientific papers, including papers on drug testing, drug chemistry, drug markets, drug-related and drug induced crime, drug abuse prevention, clinical and forensic toxicology, crime scene investigation and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis.

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, United States Information Agency (1995-1996); Guest scientist at School of Public Health, Department of Forensic Science, University of California, Berkeley, and Drug Abuse Research Center, Los Angeles; Department of Genetics, Stanford University; Department of Genetics, Emory University; California Criminalistics Institute; Federal Bureau of Investigation, Virginia; Crime Laboratories, Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, U.S.A.; Federal Criminal Police (BKA), Wiesbaden, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich Institute for Physical Biochemistry and Institute of Legal Medicine, Munich, Center of Human Genetics, Bremen University, Institute of Legal Medicine, Muenster University, Germany; United Nations Drug Laboratory, Vienna, Austria, Central Bureau of Investigation, New Delhi, India.

Member, special commission on preventing drug abuse, Prime Ministry, (2014-present). Founding editor, Turkish Journal of Legal Medicine (1982-1993). Member of the scientific board of the International Criminal Justice Review. Founding President, Turkish Society of Forensic Sciences, Honorary Member of the Mediterranean Academy of Forensic Sciences. Member of the International Society of Forensic Toxicology; the Indo-Pacific Association of Law, Medicine and Science; the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists; the American Academy of Forensic Sciences; the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors; the American Society of Criminology.

Member of the International Narcotics Control Board (2005-2010 and since 2017) [1]. Member (2006, 2018 and 2023) and Chair (2017 and 2020) of the Committee on Finance and Administration. Second Vice-President and Chair (2006 and 2021) and member (2007, 2020 and 2022-2023) of the Standing Committee on Estimates. Rapporteur (2007, 2019 and 2022). First Vice-President of the Board (2008). President of the Board (2009).

[1] Elected by the Economic and Social Council on 5 May 2004; re-elected by the Council for a five-year term (2017-2022) on 5 April 2016, re-elected by the Council for a five-year term (2022-2027) on 20 April 2021.

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