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Michael Baird

DNA Diagnostics Center

Dr. Baird has published over 50 articles in peer review journals as well as chapters in books about the use of DNA for identification.  He was the first to testify in a criminal trial involving DNA evidence and has since testified in over 350 criminal cases.  He has presented at dozens of scientific meetings around the world about DNA testing for identification.  He served on the panel of the Office of Technology Assessment for the U.S. Congress studying the use of DNA for identification.  Dr. Baird currently serves as the past chair of the Relationship Testing Standards Committee of the AABB.

Michael Baird

Michael Brandhagen

Forensic DNA Scientist, FBI Laboratory

Michael Brandhagen has worked at the FBI Laboratory since 2004. His first six years there were spent performing DNA casework, but he now works exclusively on forensic DNA research and validation projects

Michael Brandhagen

John Butler

NIST Fellow & Special Assistant to the Director at the National Institute of Standards and Technology

John M. Butler is an internationally recognized expert in forensic DNA analysis and holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Virginia. He has written five textbooks on Forensic DNA Typing (2001, 2005, 2010, 2012, and 2015) and given hundreds of invited talks to scientists, lawyers, and members of the general public throughout the United States and in 25 other countries so far.

John Butler

Rebecca Campbell

Professor of Psychology, Michigan State University

Dr. Rebecca Campbell is a Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University. Dr. Campbell’s research examines how contact with the legal and medical systems affects adult, adolescent, and pediatric victims’ psychological and physical health.

Rebecca Campbell

Michael Coble

Associate Director, UNTHSC Center for Human Identification

Dr. Michael Coble is an Associate Professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center and is also the Associate Director at their Center for Human Identification. Formerly, he was a Forensic Biologist in the Applied Genetics Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where his research focused on DNA mixture interpretation and research with lineage markers.

Michael Coble

Robin Cotton

Associate Professor and Director of the Biomedical Forensic Sciences Program, Boston University

In the past 20 years Dr. Cotton has testified as an expert in DNA analysis in over 250 criminal cases (admissibility hearing and trials) in 35 states.  She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Forensic Sciences and served two terms as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board.

Robin Cotton

Marsha Deitz

AABB

Marsha Deitz has worked for AABB as the staff Lead Assessor for Relationship Testing since January 2010. Marsha is a Certified Quality Auditor with ASQ, a certified lead auditor for ISO/IEC 17025, a forensic scientist and licensed Medical Technologist.

Marsha Deitz

Catherine Grgicak

Assistant Professor, Program in Biomedical Forensic Sciences, Boston University School of Medicine

Catherine Grgicak is an Associate Professor and Henry Rutgers Chair in the Department of Chemistry at Rutgers University in Camden NJ. Her Laboratory for Forensic Technology and Integration is a research laboratory focused on the development of systems and procedures to improve forensically relevant bio-analytical processes.

Catherine Grgicak

Andrew Hessel

Humane Genomics

Andrew Hessel is a Distinguished Researcher with Autodesk Inc. in their Life Sciences group and the CEO of Humane Genomics Inc. His work focuses on using engineered viruses for good. He is also a founding member of the GP-Write leadership team advancing the international genomics effort to write large genomes, including the human genome. Andrew is faculty at Singularity University, a global community applying exponential technologies to solving the world’s largest challenges. A dynamic and inspiring speaker, his presentations introduce people to what’s happening on the leading edge of biotechnology and bioengineering.

Andrew Hessel

Chuck Heurich

National Institute of Justice

Chuck Heurich is currently a Program Manager with the National Institute of Justice where he manages the DNA Backlog Reduction, Solving Cold Cases with DNA, Using DNA Technology to Identify the Missing, and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) programs.  He is also very active in the cold case and missing persons communities.

Chuck Heurich

Mitch Holland

Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Eberly College of Science, Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Holland is a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and has served as an associate professorial lecturer and adjunct faculty member at various colleges and universities.  He has been on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Forensic Sciences and a member of the Advisory Board of the International Journal of Legal Medicine, and has held numerous positions on governmental and company advisory boards and has been recognized by the FBI and others for his work.

Mitch Holland

Amy Jeanguenat

Principle Consultant at Mindgen, LLC

Amy Jeanguenat has spent her career working in the private forensic industry supporting efforts world-wide to prevent and eliminate DNA backlogs, refine operational logistics, and provide quality and technical system support. In 2016, she launched Mindgen, LLC merging her interests in developing best practices for forensic science with the effects of mindfulness on human performance.

Amy Jeanguenat

Rachel Oefelein

DNA Labs International (DLI)

Rachel Oefelein is currently the Quality Assurance Manager/Senior DNA Analyst at DNA Labs International (DLI). Her courtroom experience includes testimony in four Florida counties, two states and three countries including misdemeanor and felony trials as well as both Arthur and Daubert hearings. 

Rachel Oefelein

Walther Parson

Associate Professor, Institute of Legal Medicine, Medical University of Innsbruck

Walther Parson holds an associate professorship at the Institute of Legal Medicine, Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria and an adjunct professorship at PennState, PA, USA. Under his scientific supervision the Austrian National DNA Database Laboratory was set up in 1997 in Innsbruck, where he is currently overseeing the High Through-put DNA Database Laboratory and the research group Forensic Genomics.

Walther Parson

Kimberly Sturk-Andreaggi

Research Scientist, Emerging Technologies Section, Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory

Over her tenure at the AFDIL, Ms. Sturk-Andreaggi has contributed to and managed various projects including mitochondrial DNA coding region SNP panels, species identification, low template techniques, automated processing and the development of population databases. More recently her focus has been on the use of next-generation or massively parallel sequencing for human identification.

Kimberly Sturk-Andreaggi

Charlotte Word

Consultant

Charlotte Word is currently a consultant in Human DNA Identification testing. She has performed technical reviews on many 1000’s of cases from several public and private DNA testing laboratories and has participated in the validation of various DNA test systems.  Charlotte has testified as an expert witness in over 300 trials and admissibility hearings around the country since 1990. 

Charlotte Word