Monday, October 2
5:00-7:00pm Welcome Reception 4th Floor Atrium, WSCC


Tuesday, October 3
7:30-9:00am Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
9:00-9:15am Welcome and Opening Remarks

William Linton, Promega Corporation

9:15-10:00am Inside the Murder Room

Michael Capuzzo, Keynote

10:00-10:30am Break with Exhibitors
10:30-10:50am CODIS and NDIS Update

Douglas Hares, Federal Bureau of Investigation

10:50-11:10am INTERPOL’s Approach to Missing Persons’ Family Matching at an International Level: Using Population Data from Geographic Groups for Kinship Calculations

Andrea Fischer, INTERPOL

11:10-11:35am FBI Vision for Booking Station Rapid DNA Analysis and Searching of CODIS

Thomas Callaghan, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Laboratory Division

11:35-11:55am New Portable Tool Capable of Triaging Evidentiary Samples at Crime Scenes to Provide Reliable Investigative Leads to Fast Forward Investigations

Chantal Frégeau, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Forensic Science and Identification Services

11:55-12:15pm Bastille Day Killings in the French Rivera: How the Forensic Task Force of the Gendarmerie Identified Victims in Two Days Using an Innovative High Throughput Fast Analysis Mobile Lab

Sylvain Hubac, Forensic Science Laboratory of the French Gendarmerie (IRCGN)

12:15-1:45pm Lunch
1:45-2:10pm The Need for Speed: Swiftly Solving Orange County Crime Utilizing Rapid Technology and the OCDA DNA Database

Jody Hynds, Jennifer Contini, Orange County District Attorney’s Office

2:10-3:30pm Panel Discussion – Familial Searching: An Appropriate Truth-Finding Tool or an Unwarranted Invasion of Genetic Privacy?

Moderator – David Kaye, Penn State University


  • Charles Brenner, Human Rights Center, University of California Berkeley
  • Michael Chamberlain, California Department of Justice
  • Erin Murphy, New York University School of Law
  • Linton von Beroldingen, California Department of Justice

3:30-5:30pm Posters and Exhibits
5:30-7:30pm Vendor Showcases



Wednesday, October 4
7:00-9:00am Vendor Showcases

7:30-9:00am Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
9:00-9:30am Internal Validation of STRmix™- A Multi Laboratory Response to PCAST

Tamyra Moretti, Federal Bureau of Investigation

9:30-9:50am A Probabilistic Machine Learning-Based Assessment of the Number of Contributors in DNA Mixtures 

  • Michael Marciano, Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute, Syracuse University
  • Jonathan Adelman, Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute, Syracuse University

9:50-10:10am It Runs in the Family or Does it? Using Probabilistic Genotyping to Evaluate Possible Familial Relationships in Complex Mixtures

Cristina Rentas, DNA Labs International

10:10-10:30am The Road to Implementation

Jennifer Churchill, Center for Human Identification, University of North Texas Health Science Center

10:30-11:00am Break with Exhibitors
11:00-11:20am Developmental Validation and Optimization of Promega’s PowerSeq Auto/Y and 46GY Kits for Forensic Applications

Adam Garver, Ohio BCI

11:20-11:40am Inter-Laboratory Internal Validation Study of the ForenSeq DNA Signature Kit

Maiko Takahashi, Center for Human Identification, University of North Texas Health Science Center

11:40-12:00pm Removing Sequencer and PCR Artifacts for Forensic DNA Analysis on Massively Parallel Sequencing Platforms

Scott Kennedy, University of Washington

12:00-12:20pm Battelle’s Final Report on the NIJ Sponsored Initiative: Feasibility and Guidance Study of Massively Parallel Sequencing for Forensic DNA Applications

Richard Guerrieri, Battelle Memorial Institute

12:20-1:50pm Lunch

Unraveling the True Identity of “Paul Fronczak” through Genetic Genealogy

CeCe Moore, Institute for Genetic Genealogy

2:20-2:40pm Sean Vincent Gillis, “Token” Serial Killer

Paul Berry, Louisiana State Police

2:40-3:00pm How Forensic Genealogy Solved the Phoenix Canal Murders

Colleen Fitzpatrick, Identifinders International

3:00-3:20pm The Beauty Queen Killer

Alyse Yacovone-Margetts and Brandy Plean, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

3:20-5:15pm Posters and Exhibits
6:15-11:15pm Off-Site Event: Museum of Flight


Thursday, October 5
7:30-9:00am Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
9:00-9:20am OSAC Biology/DNA Scientific Area Committee Status Report

Thomas Callaghan, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Laboratory Division

9:20-9:45am Resurrecting, Revamping and Revitalizing DNA Testing in the District of Columbia Department of Forensic Sciences

Jenifer Smith, District of Colombia Forensic Lab

9:45-10:05am Validation and Casework Implementation of the Promega PowerPlex®Y23 and Fusion 6C Amplification Systems and Casework Direct at the Columbus Police Forensic Services Center: Troubleshooting, Challenges, and Success Stories

Mandy Fashano, Columbus Police Forensic Services Center

10:05-10:25am The Development and Optimization of a Direct Lysis Differential Extraction Process

Mike Yakoo, Program in Biomedical Forensic Sciences, Boston University School of Medicine


Break with Exhibitors

10:50-11:10am A New faSTR Forensic DNA System for Portable, Cost-Effective STR Profiling

James Landers, University of Virginia, Department of Chemistry


Forensic Human Identification using Targeted Clade-Specific Markers from Skin Microbiomes with Supervised Learning Classification

August Woerner, University of North Texas Health Science Center

11:30-11:50am An Alternate Workflow for DNA Analysis with Increased Sensitivity of Detection and Reduced Consumption of Evidence: Casework and Legal Implications

Bruce Budowle, Center for Human Identification, University of North Texas, Health Science Center

11:50-12:10pm We Solve Crime with a Little Help from Our Friends

Rachel Oefelein, DNA Labs International

 12:10-12:30pm  Closing Remarks, Conference Concludes