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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

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

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

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 Holloway

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 Holloway

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

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

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

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

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

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