Clued In on Forensics Careers: Your Questions Answered

If you are currently a student in forensic science (or have recently graduated) you may be wondering “what comes next”? We’ve gathered a panel of experts to answer all of your questions from what to put on your resume to what you can expect once you’re hired.


This online forum will be held on Wednesday, February 23, 2023 at 10AM CST/ 11AM EST/ 8AM PST. Space is limited for this informal and interactive forum, so register early if you’d like to participate live! (All who register will be able to watch on-demand.)



Panel members include:

Dr. Claire Glynn, Associated Professor, University of New Haven

    • Dr. Glynn, who joined the University of New Haven in 2014, teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in forensic science, focused on forensic biology, forensic DNA analysis, and forensic/investigative genetic genealogy (F/IGG). Her research interests are focused F/IGG, and a broad range of applications for this novel investigatory tool. This includes investigating the effects of degraded samples and novel technologies, establishing best practices, the international feasibility of this tool, historical applications, and ethical considerations, to name just a few. Her other research interests include Rapid DNA analysis, RNA (mRNA and miRNA) analysis, Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNPs) applications, and DNA Methylation markers.


Brian Hoey, Director, Missouri State Highway Patrol

  • Brian Hoey is a twenty-nine-year veteran of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Laboratory. Brian worked much of his career as a DNA analyst and served as the DNA technical Leader for 8 years. Brian has given talks and taught workshops for MAFS, Promega, ASCLD, Bode to name a few. He is a certified facilitator for Police Leadership: The West Point Model.


Brian Kim, Criminalist, Los Angeles Police Department

  • Brian Kim joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 2011, where he was assigned to the Serology DNA Unit which processes over 20,000 DNA samples a year. He is currently a member of the validation team which evaluates and implements new technology to assist in forensic DNA analysis.


Dr. Nicole Novroski, Forensic Geneticist and Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Mississauga

  • Dr. Nicole Novroski’s educational training largely focused on the exploration of previously uncharacterized genetic markers for improved DNA mixture de-convolution of complex forensic profiles. Her publication record includes over 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 35 scientific communications, public abstracts and oral presentations as well as two book chapters. She is the Editor-in-Chief for the peer-reviewed Forensic Genomics journal and is an ad hoc reviewer for multiple international journals in the areas of human and forensic genetics.


Deedra Hughes, Assistant Director/CODIS Administrator, Mississippi Crime Laboratory

  • Deedra is employed with the Mississippi Forensics Laboratory since 2000 where she oversees the technical aspects of the four laboratories in the state and oversees the state’s DNA Database. She has assisted in authoring the DNA arrestee collection law for the state of Mississippi, and trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners throughout Mississippi on the proper collection of sexual assault evidence.