Short CV/Education and training

  • 1991
    Study visit (6 months) at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), subjects: biology, chemistry and mathematics

  • 1991 – 1998
    Studies in human medicine at the University of Lausanne and the University of Bern (Switzerland); concluded studies with the state examination in medicine

  • 1998 – 2003
    Training as a specialist in forensic medicine at the Institute of Forensic Medicine of the University of Bern; Specialist in Forensic Medicine

  • 2003 – 2007
    Specialist at the Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Bern

  • 2003 – 2008
    Studies in physics at the University of Bern; diploma degree (Master of Science) in physics, with a minor in mathematics focussing on mathematical statistics

  • 2005 – 2007
    Research associate at the Department of Clinical Research, University of Bern, in the Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Methodology research group

  • 2006 – 2008
    Diploma thesis in physics at the Physics Institute and the Department of Chemistry at the University of Bern, junior assistant at the Institute of Physics

  • Since 2008
    Specialist in forensic medicine at the Medical University of Graz, Austria

  • 2009
    Authorized and court certified expert in forensic medicine in Austria

  • 2008 – 2011
    Deputy director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Clinical-Forensic Imaging, Graz, Austria

  • Since 2011
    Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Clinical Forensic-Imaging, Graz, Austria

Selected publications

  • Scheurer E, Quehenberger F, Mund MT, Merkens H, Yen K. Validation of reference data on wisdom tooth mineralization and eruption for forensic age estimation in living persons. Int J Legal Med, 125(5):707-15 (2011)

  • Scheurer E, Loevblad KO, Kreis R, Maier SE, Boesch C, Dirnhofer R, Yen K. Forensic application of postmortem diffusion-weighted and diffusion tensor MRI of the human brain in situ. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol, 32(8): 1518-24 (2011)

  • Ith M, Scheurer E, Kreis R, Thali MJ, Dirnhofer R, Boesch C. Estimation of the postmortem interval by means of 1H magnetic resonance spectroscopy of decomposing brain tissue: influence of ambient temperature. NMR Biomed, 24(7): 791-8 (2011)

  • Langkammer C, Krebs N, Goessler W, Scheurer E, Ebner F, Fazekas F, Yen K, Ropele S. Quantitative MR imaging of brain iron: A postmortem validation study. Radiology, 257: 455-62 (2010)

  • Anon J, Remonda L, Spreng A, Scheurer E, Schroth G, Boesch C, Thali M, Dirnhofer R, Yen K. Traumatic Extra-Axial Hemorrhage: Correlation of Postmortem MSCT, MRI and Forensic-Pathological Findings. J Magn Reson Imaging 28: 823-36 (2008)

  • Yen K, Vock P, Christe A, Scheurer E, Plattner T, Schoen C, Aghayev E, Jackowski C, Beutler V, Thali MJ, Dirnhofer R. Clinical Forensic Radiology in Strangulation Victims: Forensic Expertise based on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Findings. Int J Legal Med 121(2):115-23 (2007)

  • Yen K, Loevblad KO, Scheurer E, Ozdoba C, Thali MJ, Aghayev E, Jackowski C, Anon J, Frickey N, Zwygart K, Weis J, Dirnhofer R. Postmortem Forensic Neuroimaging: Correlation of MSCT and MRI Findings with Autopsy Results. Forensic Sci Int 173:21-35 (2007)

  • Scheurer E, Ith M, Dietrich D, Kreis R, Husler J, Dirnhofer R, Boesch C. Statistical evaluation of time-dependent metabolite concentrations: estimation of post-mortem intervals based on in situ 1H-MRS of the brain. NMR Biomed 18(3):163-72 (2005)

  • Yen K, Vock P, Tiefenthaler B, Ranner G, Scheurer E, Thali MJ, Zwygart K, Sonnenschein M, Wiltgen M, Dirnhofer R. Virtopsy: forensic traumatology of the subcutaneous fatty tissue; multislice computed tomography (MSCT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as diagnostic tools. J Forensic Sci 49(4):799-806 (2004)

  • Ith M, Bigler P, Scheurer E, Kreis R, Hofmann L, Dirnhofer R, Boesch C. Observation and identification of metabolites emerging during postmortem decomposition of brain tissue by means of in situ 1H-magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Magn Reson Med 48(5):915-20 (2002)

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries


  • Neuroscience Research, Medical University of Graz, since 2010

  • Study group on Forensic Age Diagnostics (AGFAD) of the German Society of Legal Medicine, since 2009

  • Österreichische Gesellschaft für Gerichtsmedizin (ÖGGM – Austrian Society of Legal Medicine), since 2009

  • Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), since 2009

  • German Society of Legal Medicine (DGRM), since 2008

  • European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB), since 2003

  • International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), since 2002

  • Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Rechtsmedizin (SGRM – Swiss Society of Legal Medicine), since 1999

Reviewer activity

  • Forensic Science International, since 2011

  • European Radiology, since 2011

  • International Journal of Legal Medicine, since 2008

  • Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, since 2006

Additional qualifications

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English at the University of St. Andrews, 1991


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