Dr. Sibte Hadi

Dr. Sibte Hadi

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Medicine and Genetics

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Maudland Building, MB131

+44 (0) 1772 89 4395


Sibte is a forensic pathologist by training and has also specialised in forensic genetics. He has worked in various institutions in the UK and USA. His current interests include postmortem interval estimation and forensic DNA profiling.

Sibte is research active within the area of forensic science and is a member of the Forensic Genetics Research Group.

Full Profile

Sibte is a Reader in Forensic Medicine & Genetics, in the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, UK. Sibte trained as a forensic pathologist and practiced for eight years before moving to UK. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Glasgow with Professor Peter Vanezis. He worked within the Louisiana healthy ageing group in Louisiana State University for two years before moving to UCLan. His broad research interests are within forensic genetics and its application to forensic investigations.  He has applied research interests in DNA sequencing using the Massive Parallel Sequencing (MPS) methods; Y STRs specifically Rapidly Mutating Y STRs; gene expression in bacterial biofilms and human ancestry.

He is currently running five PhD projects that are investigating various streams of his research interests. Sibte is running two major projects on Middle Eastern populations using MPS methods and another project is evaluating the efficiency of several MPS panels for forensic casework.

He is also working on DNA persistence and degradation and a PhD project is underway. Particularly, he is ascertaining the DNA persistence on firearms for investigative purposes.  Recently he developed a multiplex assay using several rapidly mutating Y STRs and gained a patent for it. This technology is being developed further and several population samples are undergoing analysis. His team also developed a multiplex assay for the determination of body fluids using mRNA markers. This assay has shown to be effective in body fluid identification in mixed and degraded samples. Further work is planned to investigate the assay on finger printing powdered areas/stains. In addition, his research teams have validated new STR multiplexes, Y STR multiplexes and mitochondrial human genome Massive parallel sequencing panel. He has established collaborations with the Serbian and Pakistani DNA laboratories.

He is a member of the team that delivers courses for International Committee of Red cross. Sibte is a United Kingdom Accreditation Service technical expert and auditor for forensic laboratories and relationship testing laboratories. In these roles, he assesses the compliance to UK DNA database standards and the Forensic Science Regulator standards apart from the ISO 17025 standards. Sibte is a member of the working group for Lancashire Forensic Science Academy (LFSA). He is developing the forensic medicine and forensic genetics streams within the Academy. He has developed an international course in forensic medicine. Sibte has co-authored a book on forensic genetics and has published widely in the area of forensic genetics.


MBBS, University of Punjab, Pakistan, 1982
DMJ, University of Punjab, Pakistan, 1990
PhD, University of Glasgow, 2001


Andrew J. Pakstis et al Genetic relationships of European, Mediterranean, and SW Asian populations using a panel of 55 AISNPs (Under Publication).

Adnan, Atif, Rakha, Allah, Kasim, Kadirya, Noor, Anam, Nazir, Shahid, Hadi, Ss and Pang, Hao (2019) Genetic characterization of Y-chromosomal STRs in Hazara ethnic group of Pakistan and confirmation of DYS448 null allele. International Journal of Legal Medicine, 133 (3). pp. 789-793.

Hadi, Ss (2019) Evaluation of 13 rapidly-mutating Y-STRs in endogamous Punjabi and Sindhi ethnic groups from Pakistan. International Journal of Legal Medicine, 133 (3). pp. 799-802.

Liew, Paul Vun Onn, Riccardi, Laura Natalia, Afolabi, Abimbola Olatunde, Goodwin, William H and Hadi, Ss (2018) Optimisation of a reduced volume PCR amplification for PowerPlex® Fusion kit using FTA™ cards and generation of population genetic data for Brunei population. ELECTROPHORESIS, 39 (23). pp. 2979-2990.

Pakstis, Andrew J, Kang, Longli, Liu, Lijun, Zhang, Zhiying, Jin, Tianbo, Grigorenko, Elena L, Wendt, Frank R, Budowle, Bruce, Hadi, Ss et al (2017) Increasing the reference populations for the 55 AISNP panel: the need and benefits. International Journal of Legal Medicine . pp. 1-5.

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Sibte is actively engaged in research and is involved in different projects including mass graves and identification, improvement of DNA extraction methods from bone/degraded DNA samples, assessment of DNA degradation & forensic pathology.  


Forensic Medicine, Forensic Pathology, Medical Ethics, Forensic Genetics, DNA Sequencing, DNA Sequencers, Validation, Accreditation, Expert Witness, Research writing and Research Methods.

Sibte is also the Equality and Diversity lead for the School of Forensic & Investigative Sciences.


Pakistan Medicolegal Society

Member of International Society of Forensic Genetics

Centre for International Forensic Assistance

Member British Association of Human Identification

External Activities

  • Member Executive Committee Pakistan Medicolegal Society
  • Grant Reviewer for the Canadian Research Council
  • Reviewer for Journal Genomic, Society and Policy
  • Reviewer for International Journal of Forensic Genetics
  • Technical Assessor for United Kingdom Accreditation Agency(UKAS)
  • PhD external examiner for the University of Leicester
  • Editorial Board member of International Journal of Forensic Research
  • Worked with UKAS as a technical assessor in order to assess organisations that have applied for accreditations in the UK and abroad.
  • Advisor to foreign Governments within the area of expertise.


The analysis of UAE populations using AmpFℓSTR Yfiler™:Identification of new and novel alleles. 22nd Congress of International Society of Forensic Genetics. Copenhagen. 2009.

Importance of rpoS and bolA gene in adaptation of Escherichia coli in stress environments and grow in Biofilms: 2nd International conference of biological and environmental sciences Mansoura University, Egypt 15-20 March 2010.

Morphogene bolA: its role in biofilm formation and respiration of E.coli K-12 MG1655 . Poster presented at 20th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Vienna, Austria, September 2010.

Quality assurance challenges in forensic pathology: 1st Saudi International Conference of Forensic Medical Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 12-14 March 2012.

Recent advancements in forensic DNA profiling: 22nd Congress of International Academy of Legal Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey July 5-8 2012.