Practical FIGG Casework Bioinformatics for the Forensic Practitioner

Thursday September 26th, 2024 // 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm // JW Marriott Hill Country, Room Grand AB

Standard Registration$275.00
Student Registration$125.00

Fee includes lunch, break and handouts.


This workshop enables better understanding of whole genome FIGG SNP data processing. Educational content bridges operational criminalistics laboratories and “behind the scenes” bioinformatics. Attendees gain hands-on experience with publicly available tools. In immersive scenario-based activities attendees engage in interactive and dynamic learning. An end-to-end forensic workflow is learned in manageable steps: from raw sequence data through alignment, variant calling, and GEDmatch Pro report generation. Provided handouts can assist with subsequent in-house train-the-trainer efforts. By drawing parallels to familiar processes, subject matter is accessible to the non-bioinformatician. Participants apply advanced open-source tools to mock case data, e.g., allelic imputation, DNA mixtures.


Learning Outcomes:

  1. As educated end users of bioinformatics data
  2. Having practiced with real datasets and developed practical skill to better assure quality from genomic data generated in-house or FIGG service provider(s) in violent crime investigations and missing persons cases.
  3. Able to apply or evaluate FIGG bioinformatic approaches.
  4. Empowered with confidence to navigate a GNU/Linux operating system and a suite of tools.
  5. With a solid bioinformatic foundation and ability to converse effectively with diverse audiences about FIGG SNP data generation and curation.


Intended Audience:

Analysts, technical leaders, and management who perform, oversee, or evaluate FIGG programs that use whole genome SNP data. Suitable for those just beginning.


Cydne HoltChair

Expert Consultant

Dr. Cydne Holt’s 28-year professional career has been dedicated to forensic science. Cydne currently serves as an expert consultant, bridging advanced genomics and forensic DNA operations to increase solvability of violent crimes and unidentified human remains cases. 

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Ed Green

University of California, Santa Cruz, Dovetail Genomics, Claret Bio, Astrea Forensics

Ed Green received his B.S. in Genetics at the University of Georgia in 1997 and Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005. He was a pioneer in the field of high-throughput sequencing of ancient DNA as the lead bioinformatics scientist on the Neanderthal genome project. He is currently Professor of Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz and founder of Dovetail Genomics, Claret Bio, and Astrea Forensics.

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