Professor Dragan Primorac is a pediatrician, forensic expert and geneticist. Currently he serves as adjunct professor at Eberly College of Science, The Pennsylvania State University and The Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, University of New Haven in the United States and at Medical Schools in Split and Osijek in Croatia. Prof. Primorac is a pioneer in the application of DNA analysis for identification of bodies in mass graves. He authored close to two hundred scientific papers, book chapters and abstracts in areas of forensic science, clinical medicine, molecular genetics, population genetics, genetic legacy of homo sapiens sapiens, education, science and technology policy. His papers have been cited more than 1600 times. Professor Primorac received the Young Investigator Award of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research in 1992, the Michael Geisman Fellowship Award of the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation in 1993, the Life Time Achievement Award by the Henry C. Lee’s Institute of Forensic Science in 2002, The Award of the Italian Region Veneto for Special Achievements in Promoting Science in the EU in 2007, and the University of New Haven’s International Award for Excellence in 2010. Professor Primorac is the co-founder of International Society of Applied Biological Sciences (ISABS). He has been an invited speaker to seventy national and international scientific meetings. Several renowned media outlets, both electronic and print, have reported on his work, such as the New York Times, JAMA, Science, Profiles in DNA, Die Presse, Haaretz, Kleine Zeitung and many others. Furthermore, Connecticut TV Station Channel 8 filmed a television serial on forensic work in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Croatia performed by Professor Primorac and his colleagues. From 2003 to 2009 he served as Minister of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia. According to the International Republican Institute survey of October 1, 2007, he was rated as the most successful minister in the Croatian Government with 31% approval rate. The award for numerous efforts made by Professor Primorac and his team on the Croatian educational system was the survey of the famous Newsweek (August 16, 2010) which rated Croatian education system 22nd in the World, ahead of 12 countries from the G20 group.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Forensics, Pediatrics, Genetics, Molecular medicine, Education, Science and Technology Policies,