Meet the ISHI Advisory Committee: Nana Lamousé-Welch

We are thrilled to spotlight Nana Lamousé-Welch, a distinguished member of the forensic science community, whose extensive experience and deep commitment have greatly contributed to the field. Nana’s journey from academic training to professional expertise exemplifies a dedication that inspires all within the ISHI community.


Nana Lamousé-Welch began her career with a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College, followed by a Master of Science in Forensic Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her early professional years were marked by significant contributions to notable cases, including processing samples from airline crashes and mass graves, and notably from the World Trade Center tragedy following the events of September 11, 2001. Her role at The Bode Technology Group during this period was critical in addressing some of the most challenging forensic issues of the time.


In late 2001, Nana transitioned to BRT Laboratories in Baltimore, Maryland, where she played a pivotal role in revitalizing the forensics department, leading to its accreditation for DNA testing. By 2004, she joined the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner as a Criminalist, dedicating nearly two decades to forensic investigations and criminal justice. Her commitment to forensic science did not wane as she pursued further specialization in Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogy at the University of New Haven, obtaining a graduate certificate in early 2023.


Today, Nana continues her impactful work at the Bronx County District Attorney Office as a DNA Specialist, focusing on cold case investigations and DNA-related matters. Her career is a testament to the vital role forensic scientists play in weaving science into the fabric of justice and public safety.


To bring Nana’s insights and experiences closer to our community, we are sharing a series of videos where she discusses her professional journey, her most memorable ISHI presentations, emerging technologies in forensic DNA, and how working in the field has changed her over the years.