DNA Trainers’ Meeting

Sunday September 22nd, 2024 // 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm // JW Marriott Hill Country, Room Grand NO

Standard Registration$200.00


Adult learners come with past experiences, may it be from school or from previous work. Meeting your learner where they’re at and tailoring a DNA training program to their needs is very important. There is also pressure to get new staff trained and performing casework as soon as possible to alleviate the laboratory’s accumulation of casework.  All this must be balanced with the numerous standards and guidance from the community.

In this interactive workshop, DNA trainers and researchers will share best practices for training new hires in serology and DNA typing. We will share research from discussion with lab managers and DNA technical leaders from small, medium, and large labs on how they conduct training, including their processes and timelines. Sample training programs will be presented, and we will learn how to improve the efficiency and organization of the training process to onboard new hires and get them working on casework faster.



Intended Audience:

We hope that a goal resulting from this interactive workshop is a community of practice for trainers.  Therefore, to encourage open dialogue, this workshop is limited to trainers from forensic laboratories.


Kelly ElkinsCo-Chair

Professor of Chemistry, Towson University

Kelly Elkins, PhD, is Professor of Chemistry and co-Director of the TU Human Remains Identification Laboratory at Towson University and a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Chemical Society.

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Eugene LienCo-Chair

Assistant Director, NYC-OCME Department of Forensic Biology

Eugene Lien is an Assistant Director at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner, Department of Forensic Biology and has been there for over 22 years. During his career at the NYC-OCME, he has been the Quality Assurance Manager and the DNA Technical Leader. He is currently in charge of his laboratory’s Training Unit and LIMS Operations.

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