Meet the ISHI Advisory Committee: Dr. Nicole Novroski

As you’ve heard, the ISHI planning team has expanded by six members as we’ve formed an inaugural advisory committee. The committee was formed to steer the content and format of the annual symposium to reflect the interests of the diverse stakeholders in the forensic science community.

We will be conferring with the advisory committee throughout the planning of the ISHI conference, and are grateful for the experience and expertise that they bring. While we’ve introduced each member in this blog post, we thought it might be nice to get to know each member a little better.




Dr. Nicole Novroski is a Forensic Geneticist and Tenure-Stream Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Anthropology with a primary teaching appointment in the Forensic Science Program at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). Dr. Novroski’s academic accolades include a Bachelor of Science (Hons; 2009) in Forensic Science and Biology from the University of Toronto, a Master of Science (2011) in Forensic Biology from the University at Albany (SUNY) and a Doctor of Philosophy (2018) in Molecular Genetics from the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Texas.


Her educational training largely focused on the exploration of previously uncharacterized genetic markers for improved DNA mixture de-convolution of complex forensic profiles. Dr. Novroski is the recipient of numerous honors including the Forensic Sciences Foundation (AAFS) Douglas M. Lucas Grant, the Connaught New Researcher Award and the University of Toronto Mississauga Dean’s Award for Excellence (Faculty). She is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, an Active Member of the International Society of Forensic Genetics and an Active Member of the Scientific Research Honour Society Sigma Xi.


Her publication record includes over 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 35 scientific communications, public abstracts and oral presentations as well as two book chapters. She is an ad hoc reviewer for multiple international journals in the areas of human and forensic genetics and serves as a committee member for LabRoots Forensic Science, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and the American Society of Human Genetics DNA Day Essay Contest.


In these video interviews, Dr. Novroski discusses why she switched from the field of accounting to forensic science, talked about how her career and experience at ISHI has evolved over the years, and shares advice for students as they pursue a forensic science career and begin attending conferences.