CODIS Booking Station Rapid DNA Analysis and non-CODIS Crime Scene Rapid DNA Applications

Wednesday September 25th, 2019 // 9:00 am - 9:25 am // Oasis 1-2

Rapid DNA instruments were developed for the “fully automated – hands free” typing of reference samples in under two hours for DNA profile submission to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).  Status of the FBI’s Booking Station implantation of the Rapid DNA Act of 2017 with the Booking Station Rapid DNA Pilot will be reviewed.  Rapid DNA has also been used by some agencies in non-CODIS applications to analyze crime scenes in an effort to develop investigative leads and to include or exclude a suspect in near real-time. An overview of non-CODIS crime scene Rapid DNA applications will be presented, along with an update on the FBI’s Crime Scene Rapid DNA Task Force that was established in 2018.


Thomas Callaghan

FBI Laboratory’s Biometric Analysis Section

As a member of the FBI DNA Analysis Unit, Thomas Callaghan was involved in the analysis of hundreds of homicide and rape cases. In 1999, Dr. Callaghan initiated the FBI’s Federal Convicted Offender DNA Database. In 2003, he became the first CODIS Unit Chief and has been involved with the CODIS Program for over 20 years.