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Prof. Dr. Dr.
Stefan Pollak

Institute of Legal Medicine
Phone: 0049-761-203-6853


  • 1968-1974 Studies of medicine, University of Vienna
  • 1974-1976 Studies of law, University of Vienna
  • 1974-1988 Physician at the Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Vienna
  • 1982 Habilitation
  • Since 1989 Full Professor of Forensic Medicine (C4) and Director of the Institute of Legal Medicine, Medical Center – University of Freiburg
  • Since 2017 Vice Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg

Focus of research

  • Forensic pathology
  • Medical criminalistics
  • Forensic wound ballistics

Selected publications

  • Pollak S, Thierauf A. Blunt force injury. In. Madea B (ed). Handbook of Forensic Medicine. Wiley Blackwell, Chichester. 2014; pp 258-282.
  • Lutz-Bonengel S, Schmidt U, Sänger T, Heinrich M, Schneider PM, Pollak S. Analysis of mitochondrial length heteroplasmy in monozygous and non-monozygous siblings. Int J Legal Med. 2008; 122: 315-321.
  • Pollak S. Medical criminalistics. Forensic Sci Int. 2007; 165:144-149.
  • Große Perdekamp M, Vennemann B, Mattern D, Serr A, Pollak S. Tissue defect at the gunshot entrance wound. what happens to the skin? 2005; Int J Legal Med 119:217-222.
  • Pollak S, Saukko P. Atlas of Forensic Medicine. CD-ROM. Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2003.

Research methods

  • Experimental wound ballistics using composite models
  • Forensic mtDNA analysis
  • Toxicological analysis of synthetic cannabinoids and metabolite identification