From the Ashes – Lessons Learned from 9/11

Tuesday September 14th, 2021 // 1:50 pm - 3:15 pm // Fiesta Ballroom


Private: Bruce Budowle

Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Helsinki and Forensic Science Institute, Radford University

Dr. Budowle's current efforts focus on the areas of human forensic identification, microbial forensics, human trafficking, and emerging infectious disease with substantial effort in next generation sequencing. He is a Commissioner on the Texas Forensic Science Commission.

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Private: Mark Desire

Assistant Director, New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner

Mark Desire is an Assistant Director with the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner. He works in the Department of Forensic Biology, New York City’s DNA crime lab and the largest of its kind in North America. During his 24 years of employment, he has investigated thousands of criminal and missing persons cases. He is the manager of the World Trade Center DNA Identification Team, a unit dedicated to advancing the science and helping return loved ones to their families.

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Private: Alan Giusti

DNA Casework Unit, FBI Laboratory

Alan Giusti is a forensic examiner in the DNA Casework Unit of the FBI Laboratory, and has been in the field of forensic DNA analysis for almost 40 years. In his 30+ years with the FBI, he has been a research scientist, a forensic DNA examiner, and a forensic examiner for biological threat agents.

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Private: Timothy McMahon

Director, DoD DNA Operations, Armed Forces Medical Examiner System

In 2017, Dr. McMahon became the first civilian Director of the DoD DNA Operations section, where he is in charge of the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory and the Armed Forces Repository of Specimen Samples for the Identification of Remains. Dr. McMahon oversees over 150 scientists and is in charge of all Human remains DNA scientific initiatives in support of the Armed Forces Medical Examiners System’s primary mission to identify fallen U.S. Service Members from current day operations and past conflicts.

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