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Tim Augsback

Forensic Scientist, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation

Tim Augsback is a Forensic Scientist in the DNA section at Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, where he's worked since 2011.

Tim Augsback

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

Thomas Callaghan

FBI Laboratory’s Biometric Analysis Section

As a member of the FBI DNA Analysis Unit, Thomas Callaghan was involved in the analysis of hundreds of homicide and rape cases. In 1999, Dr. Callaghan initiated the FBI’s Federal Convicted Offender DNA Database. In 2003, he became the first CODIS Unit Chief and has been involved with the CODIS Program for over 20 years.

Thomas Callaghan

Dan Campbell

Forensic Science Supervisor, DNA Analysis Unit, WI State Crime Laboratory

Dan Campbell is currently employed as a Forensic Scientist Supervisor in the DNA Analysis Unit for the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory Bureau in Madison, WI.  He's had a 25 year career thus far--all in DNA, with 17 years working cases on the bench and being one of his Laboratory’s former LDIS Adminstrators, and with the last 8 years as a supervisor in DNA.

Dan Campbell

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

Jennifer Churchill

Research Assistant Professor, University of North Texas Health Science Center

Dr. Jennifer Churchill is currently a Research Assistant Professor in GSBS at the UNT Health Science Center where she works in the research group at the Center for Human Identification.  Her research interests lie in the development and application of human identification, population genetic analyses, and development of molecular biology technologies.  Jennifer’s current research projects focus on defining the molecular biology of library preparation and the chemistry of massively parallel sequencing technologies.

Jennifer Churchill

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

John Collins

High-Stakes Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach at Critical Victories

John Collins is a High-Stakes Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach at Critical Victories, a company he founded to help people, teams, and organizations thrive in high-pressure environments where perfection is an expectation and failure is a ticket out the door.  He is also among the most respected forensic experts in the United States, recently publishing his first book on leadership and management in forensic science, which was released by Academic Press just last month. 

John Collins

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

James DiFrancesco

Forensic Biologist, United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL)

James DiFrancesco is a Forensic Biologist at the United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL). James was previously employed at the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory and is a Fellow member of AAFS. He has published research in the Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal and in Science and Justice.

James DiFrancesco

Sarah Dingle

Investigative Reporter, ABC

Sarah is a dual Walkley Award-winning investigative reporter and presenter with the ABC, working across radio and TV current affairs, news and documentary.

Sarah Dingle

Kyleen Elwick

Doctoral Candidate in Forensic Science, Sam Houston State University

Kyleen Elwick is a Doctoral Candidate in Forensic Science at Sam Houston State University. Kyleen is the Graduate Mentor for the McNair Scholars Program at Sam Houston State University, where she helps minority students apply and get accepted into graduate school. She interned at AFDIL the summer of 2015, and will be defending her dissertation in October and hopefully (fingers crossed) graduating in December.

Kyleen Elwick

Seth Faith

Research Leader, Battelle Memorial Institute

Seth Faith is currently a Research Leader at Battelle Memorial Institute and specializes in R&D projects in human identification using next-generation sequencing technologies (NGS), advanced bioinformatics, and databasing. His R&D team was the first to publish a method for producing a full CODIS DNA profile with NGS technology that could be used for matching against the US national criminal database (NDIS).

Seth Faith

Colleen Fitzpatrick

Founder of Identifinders International, and Co-Executive Director of the DNA Doe Project

Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, the founder of Identifinders International, is widely recognized as the founder of modern Forensic Genealogy.  She has worked dozens of cold case homicides for law enforcement using genetic genealogy analysis.  Most notably, she is credited with collaborating with the Phoenix Police Department to solve the 1992-1993 Phoenix Canal Murders. Dr. Fitzpatrick is Co-Executive Director of the DNA Doe Project (DDP), applying autosomal SNP analysis to the identification of John and Jane Does sometimes decades old.  The DNA Doe Project recently identified Buckskin Girl, a Jane Doe who had defied identification for 37 years.  The DDP team used genetic genealogy to solve the case in four hours. 

Colleen Fitzpatrick

Amelia Gamblin

Forensic Scientist, Auckland Service Centre, Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) Ltd.

Amelia started her career in Biology/DNA and then transitioned into the Service Centre team. Her current role involves attending and processing crime scenes, exhibit examination, case management and reporting. She is involved in sexual assault casework and research and is interested in investigating innovative methods for process improvements.

Amelia Gamblin

Lynn Garcia

General Counsel, Texas Forensic Science Commission

Lynn Garcia serves as general counsel to the Texas Forensic Science Commission, a position she has held since December 2010.  Ms. Garcia’s assists nine Commissioners appointed by the Governor with investigating allegations of professional negligence and misconduct in accredited crime laboratories.

Lynn Garcia

Cami Green

Sales Manager, Sorenson Forensics

Cami has over 12 years of experience in Forensic Sciences specifically with DNA Testing. Her forensic career began in 2002 with the Utah Bureau of Forensic Services where she worked in the Serology/DNA section, then continued her work as a Forensic DNA Analyst at Myriad Genetic Laboratories and Sorenson Forensics, where she also earned her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

Cami Green

Catherine Grgicak

Associate Professor, Rutgers University

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

Fei Guo

Director, Massively Parallel Sequencing Lab of Criminal Police University of China (CIPUC)

Dr. Guo worked at the Criminal Science and Technology Institute of Liaoning Province of China, devoting himself to development and validation of multiplex systems and population genetic studies. He is primarily focused on MPS of forensic markers for human identification and DNA databasing and development of visualization software for secondary data analysis.

Fei Guo

Greg Hampikian

Professor of Biology, and Criminal Justice, Boise State University (BSU); Executive Director, The Idaho Innocence Project; President, CompGenomics

Greg Hampikian, Ph.D. is a Professor of Biology and Criminal Justice at Boise State University (BSU). He is also the Executive Director of The Idaho Innocence Project and President of CompGenomics.

Greg Hampikian

Douglas Hares

National DNA Index System Program Manager, Federal Bureau of Investigation’s CODIS Unit

Dr. Hares is the National DNA Index System Program Manager in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s CODIS Unit. Dr. Hares is an invited guest and participant at the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM) and the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) meetings. He also serves as a member and advisor to Interpol’s DNA Monitoring Expert Group.

Douglas Hares

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

Program Manager for the DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction, NIJ

Chuck Heurich is currently the Program Manager for the DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction, DNA Efficiency Improvement and Capacity Enhancement, Solving Cold Cases with DNA, Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence – Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting (SAFE-ITR), Using DNA Technology to Identify the Missing programs, and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) program for which he was awarded the 2011 Samuel Hayman Service to America Medal in Justice and Law Enforcement.

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

John Hollway

Executive Director, Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice

John F. Hollway C’92, the founder of a consulting firm specializing in criminal justice reform research projects, has been named the first Executive Director of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he will also serve as an Associate Dean.

John Hollway

Cydne Holt

Verogen

Cydne works at Verogen on targeted Next Generation Sequencing assays, instruments and software to relieve limitations of current DNA typing methods and expand the capabilities of Forensic Genomics.

Cydne Holt

Susan Horan

DNA Specialist, Forensic Science & Cold Case Unit, Kings County District Attorney's Office

In March of 2017, Ms. Horan joined the Kings County District Attorney’s Office as a DNA Specialist in the Forensic Science & Cold Case Unit. She is the first forensic scientist to be hired on staff at a prosecutor’s office in New York State. Ms. Horan is responsible for providing training in serology and DNA testing for the assistants, aiding in trial preparation for DNA prosecutions, and working with the NYPD Cold Case Squad in their homicide investigations.

Susan Horan

Ted Hunt

Senior Advisor to the Attorney General on Forensic Science, Department of Justice

Ted R. Hunt is Senior Advisor to the Attorney General on Forensic Science at the Department of Justice. In that capacity, he is the Department’s lead advisor on forensic science policy and emerging forensic issues. Mr. Hunt also regularly interfaces with federal, state, and local forensic stakeholders and the Department’s law enforcement partners.

Ted Hunt

Jennifer Janetsky

Chief Prosecutor of the SAKI/Cold Case CSC Unit, Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office

Jennifer Janetsky began her career as a Victim Advocate and Peer Counselor for the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center in Ann Arbor, MI. She became convinced that Criminal Sexual Conduct could and should be prosecuted in an entirely different way, and began to focus her efforts on creating a victim-centered approach toward the prosecution of sex crimes. She is currently the Chief Prosecutor of the SAKI/Cold Case CSC Unit of the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office in Flint, Michigan.

Jennifer Janetsky

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

Sara Katsanis

Faculty Instructor in the Initiative for Science & Society, Duke University

Sara Huston Katsanis is faculty instructor in the Initiative for Science & Society at Duke University. Her policy research focuses on genetic testing applications in humanitarian efforts, medicine and law enforcement. She researches ethical and policy challenges in the applications of genomics to human identification in contexts, such as human trafficking, migration, and adoption fraud.

Sara Katsanis

David Kaye

Professor of Law, Penn State University

David H. Kaye is Distinguished Professor of Law and a member of the graduate faculty in Forensic Science at the Pennsylvania State University as well as Regents’ Professor Emeritus of Law and Life Sciences, Arizona State University. He holds degrees in law (Yale University), astronomy (Harvard University), and physics (MIT).

David Kaye

Kevin Kiesler

Research Biologist, Applied Genetics Group, Biomolecular Measurement Division, NIST

In his current position at NIST, Kevin is focused on next generation sequencing research for human identification using a variety of marker types such as mitochondrial DNA, STRs, SNPs, and microhaplotypes on both the Illumina and Ion Torrent platforms.

Kevin Kiesler

Craig Klugman

Professor of Bioethics and Health Humanities, Department of Health Sciences at DePaul University

Craig M. Klugman, Ph.D. is a professor of bioethics and health humanities at in the Department of Health Sciences at DePaul University where he also co-directs the Bioethics & Society program.

Craig Klugman

Paige Kneeland

Deputy Sheriff, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department (SCSD) Homicide Bureau

Paige is a Deputy Sheriff, assigned to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department (SCSD) Homicide Bureau since 2002.  She is responsible for reviewing unsolved homicide, sexual assault, missing and unidentified person cases.

Paige Kneeland

Barry Logan

Sr. Vice President of Forensic Science Initiatives, Laboratory Director, Chief Scientist, NMS Labs

Dr. Barry K. Logan is Sr. Vice President of Forensic Science Initiatives, and Laboratory Director (IFS) and Chief Scientist, at NMS Labs in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, where his responsibilities
include management of toxicology resources, new test design and development, Criminalistics services and expert testimony in forensic toxicology and chemistry.

Barry Logan

Christopher Maguire

Director, ForGenetica Consultants Ltd.

Dr. Christopher Maguire worked in the UK Forensic Science Service in a variety of casework and managerial roles, and specialized in the use of DNA profiling for human identification: relationship analysis, missing persons, disaster victim identification, familial searching of DNA databases, DVI casework included. He developed & produced DNA expert system software for DNA databases (FSS-iD), DNA mixture interpretation (FSS-i3 and FSS-iLoCo), and Relationship Analysis (FSS-ibd). He is currently working on validation and verification of DNA relationship analysis software (GPS-ibd and GPS-Progeny) for use in ISO 17025 laboratory environments

Christopher Maguire

Misty Marra

Forensic DNA Analyst and Laboratory Coordinator, Marshall University Forensic Science Center

Misty has analyzed hundreds of forensic cases, as well as thousands of convicted offender samples. She has been instrumental in coordinating the MUFSC’s sexual assault kit testing projects as well as the outsourced technical review of sexual assault kit projects with agencies across the US.

Misty Marra

Charla Marshall

Chief, Emerging Technologies Section, AFMES-AFDIL

Charla Kristen Marshall is the Chief of the Emerging Technologies Section at AFMES-AFDIL. Her background is in molecular anthropology and ancient DNA. Before coming to AFDIL, she was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois.

Charla Marshall

Suzanne Miles

Forensic Scientist Manager, Serology Section, Utah Dept. of Public Safety

Suzanne has enjoyed the collaborative relationships with other professionals as a member of her local SART, where they've helped bring about changes in best practice and protocols in the collection and submission of sexual assault evidence. In 2014, she received the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Distinguished Service Medal for her contribution toward sexual assault evidence processing.

Suzanne Miles

CeCe Moore

Investigative Genetic Genealogist and Media Consultant

CeCe is an investigative genetic genealogist and media consultant. She has worked as the genetic genealogist for the PBS Television documentary series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. continually since 2013. She is a sought after media consultant and the founder of The DNA Detectives, which boasts an online following of over 92,000 people. CeCe also recently joined forces with Parabon Nanolabs to lead their new Genetic Genealogy Services for law enforcement unit. 

CeCe Moore

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

Dixie Peters

Technical Leader of Missing Persons Unit, UNT Center for Human ID

Dixie Peters is the Technical Leader of the Missing Persons Unit at the UNT Center for Human ID. She received her BS in Biology from Texas Christian University and MS in Forensic Genetics from the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Dixie Peters

Margaret Press

Co-founder, DNA Doe Project

Margaret Press, PhD is the co-founder of the DNA Doe Project, a non-profit corporation dedicated to identifying John and Jane Does through genetic genealogy.

Margaret Press

Erica Romsos

Research Biologist, NIST

Erica Romsos is currently a Research Biologist at NIST. A member of the Applied Genetics Group at NIST for 9 years mainly focusing on rapid DNA, optimization of qPCR assays, and the use of digital PCR for characterization of the next generation of the Human DNA quantitation standard.

Erica Romsos

Eric Rosenbaum

Chief of DNA Prosecutions, Queens County District Attorney’s Office

Eric Rosenbaum has been a prosecutor in New York City since 1994 and has served as Chief of DNA Prosecutions at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office since 2004.  He is also Deputy Chief of the Special Victims Bureau and a senior legislative advisor to NYS District Attorneys Association for whom he co-chairs the legislative committee on sex crimes and family violence

Eric Rosenbaum

Andrea Roth

Professor of Law, UC Berkeley

Andrea Roth is Professor of Law at UC Berkeley, and a faculty director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. She has lectured nationally on forensic issues, particularly related to DNA. She is a member of the Constitution Project’s National Committee on DNA Collection and a member of the Legal Resource Committee of NIST’s Forensic Science Standards Board.

Andrea Roth

Lynndsey Simon

Forensic Scientist II and Alternate CODIS Administrator, Columbus Police Forensic Services Center

Lynndsey Simon is a Forensic Scientist II and Alternate CODIS Administrator at the Columbus Police Forensic Services Center. Lynndsey grew up in the Syracuse, New York area, and has been employed with the Columbus Ohio Division of Police for approximately 5 years, where she is the current Sexual Assault DNA Team Lead.

Lynndsey Simon

Rachel Singer

Chief, Forensic Science & Cold Case Unit - Kings County District Attorney's Office

Ms. Rachel Singer has served as an Assistant District Attorney for 20 years. She began her career at the Bronx District Attorney's Office in the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Bureau, where she prosecuted both domestic violence and sexual assaults cases involving adults and children.

Rachel Singer

Andrew Singer

Bode Cellmark Technologies

Mr. Singer manages domestic sales efforts, global marketing programs, and drives new program and product launches.  Mr. Singer has more than 10 years of experience in product development and management in the forensics and biotechnology industries.

Andrew Singer

Jenifer Smith

Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS)

Smith is a nationally recognized leader in forensic science, with experience working at the highest levels of the federal government. Dr. Smith’s background combines strong scientific knowledge of forensics, a background in law enforcement, and experience as an expert witness on forensic findings. 

Jenifer Smith

Kate Stevenson

Senior Scientist, Forensic Biology Group, Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR)

Kate Stevenson is a Senior Scientist in the Forensic Biology Group at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR). Kate is a casework reporting scientist specializing in DNA and Y STR DNA reporting in addition to participating in multiple research projects at any one point in time.

Kate Stevenson

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

Julie Valentine

Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University and Forensic Nurse, SANE-A, Wasatch Forensic Nurses

Julie L. Valentine PhD, RN, CNE, SANE-A is an Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University and a Forensic Nurse, SANE-A with the Wasatch Forensic Nurses. Her research focus areas are sexual violence, interpersonal violence, and criminal justice system response to sexual/interpersonal violence.

Julie Valentine

Peter Vallone

NIST

Over the last 19 years at NIST Dr. Vallone has developed multiplex PCR assays for the detection of genetic variation, developed methods for the rapid amplification of STR loci, and has been involved in the characterization of nucleic acid-based reference materials.

Peter Vallone

Jennifer Wagner

Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Bioethics Research in the Center for Translational Bioethics & Health Care Policy, Geisinger Health System

Jennifer K. Wagner, J.D., Ph.D., is Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Bioethics Research in the Center for Translational Bioethics & Health Care Policy at Geisinger Health System (Danville, PA, USA) and is a licensed, practicing attorney in Pennsylvania. She is the current chair of the Social Issues Committee for the American Society of Human Genetics, a member of the Ethics and Science Policy Committees for the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, member of the Ethics Committee for the American Association of Anthropological Genetics, and member of the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee for the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Jennifer Wagner

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