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James Anstead

Laboratory Director, DNA Solutions

Dr. James Anstead joined DNA Solutions in 2013 and is the Laboratory Director. Dr. Anstead has over 15 years of experience in molecular biology, population genetics and entomology. His prior experience includes working as a Research Associate at Pennsylvania State University and Oklahoma State University.

James Anstead

Jo-Anne Bright

Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR) New Zealand

Jo-Anne Bright is a Senior Science Leader within the Forensic Biology group at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR) New Zealand, where she has worked since 1999. Jo is one of the co developers of STRmix™, expert software for the interpretation of forensic DNA profiles and the new Australasian standard.

Jo-Anne Bright

Bruce Budowle

Director, Center for Human Identification

Dr. Budowle is the Director of the Center for Human Identification and Professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Texas. His current efforts focus on the areas of human forensic identification, microbial forensics, and emerging infectious disease with substantial effort in next generation sequencing. He is a Commissioner on the Texas Forensic Science Commission.

Bruce Budowle

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

Kirk Campbell

Supervising Lieutenant for the Major Crimes Unit, Sacramento County District Attorneys Office

Kirk was part of the team that conducted Investigative Genetic Genealogy resulting in the identification of Joseph DeAngelo as the Golden State Killer in 2018.  Since then, he has taken part in 17 additional IGG investigations resulting in 13 identifications including 2 unidentified human remains cases, and 1 exoneration case.

Kirk Campbell

Chris Carney

DNA Investigative Support Database Supervisor, Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Chris has more than twenty-six years of forensic experience, including an extensive knowledge of the information technology systems supporting DNA Databasing laboratories.

Chris Carney

Magaly Segura Castillo

Departamento de Ciencias Forenses, Organismo de Investigación Judicial, Poder Judicial, Costa Rica

Magaly Segura Castillo has 11 years of experience as an expert in Forensic Genetics. She completed her higher studies in Microbiology and Clinical Chemistry at the University of Costa Rica.

Magaly Segura Castillo

Michael Coble

Associate Director, Center for Human Identification, UNTHSC

Michael Coble, PhD, is an Associate Professor and the Associate Director of the Center for Human Identification at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas. He serves as a member of the OSAC Biological Data Interpretation and Reporting Committee and is an invited guest at the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM).

Michael Coble

Yessica Alexandra Pinto Colindres

Dirección de Medicina Forense (Ministerio Público)

Microbiologist and Clinical Chemist

Yessica Alexandra Pinto Colindres

Karin Crenshaw

Crime Lab Unit Manager, Serology/DNA, Broward County Sheriff's Office

Karin Crenshaw is currently the DNA Unit Manager at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and has over 17 years of experience in the field of Forensic Biology.  Her experience spans both public and private laboratories including lean six sigma efforts. 

Karin Crenshaw

Anna Dadhania

Forensic Scientist, Science and Technology Unit, Orange County District Attorney's Office

At the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) since 2015, Anna Dadhania works as a Forensic Scientist in the office’s Science and Technology Unit.  In this role, she is an administrator for the OCDA DNA Database, the largest consensual local DNA database in the United States, and a vital part of the agency’s Rapid DNA program, involved in validation, troubleshooting, and training, along with the day to day functions of the Rapid DNA program.

Anna Dadhania

Rodrigo Fabián Flores Espinoza

Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) / Laboratorios de Investigación, Universidad de Las Américas (UDLA), Quito, Ecuador

He is currently a master's student in the Bio-Sciences Postgraduate Program at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). His research work consists of the population and forensic genetic study of the Ecuadorian population through the use of various molecular markers.

Rodrigo Fabián Flores Espinoza

Siri Fagerholm

Forensic Expert, Biology Unit, Swedish National Forensic Centre

Siri A. Fagerholm, PhD, is a forensic expert and reporting officer at the Biology unit of the Swedish National Forensic Centre (NFC) where she works with biological traces from crime scenes and DNA analysis.

Siri Fagerholm

German Burgos Figueroa

Carrera De Medicina Universidad De Las Americas Quito (Ecuador) / Grupo De Medicina Xenómica, Universidad De Santiago De Compostela, Santiago De Compostela, España.

Colombian Biologist, specialized in Forensic Biology and Genetics, more than 15 years of experience in molecular genetics with special emphasis on systems of genetic Identification and molecular diagnosis.

German Burgos Figueroa

Colleen Fitzpatrick

President and Founder of Identifinders International

Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, the President and Founder of Identifinders International LLC, is widely recognized as the founder of modern Forensic Genealogy.  She has worked over two hundred cold case violent crimes and Doe cases for dozens of law enforcement agencies using genetic genealogy analysis.  Most notably, she is credited with solving the 1991 Sarah Yarborough homicide, the first case ever that used genetic genealogy to generate investigative leads (2011).

Colleen Fitzpatrick

Daniela de Oliveira Francisco

Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo (FMUSP)

Daniela de Oliveira Francisco is currently a PhD student at FMUSP and develops her project in the Molecular Biology and Forensic Genetics laboratory, focused on Touch DNA studies to assist the work of Brazilian forensic scientists.

Daniela de Oliveira Francisco

Carolina Bottino Gruszkowski Fratani

Forensic Expert (Biochemistry), Civil Police of the State of Rio de Janeiro (SEPOL)

Carolina Bottino Gruszkowski Fratani is currently a Forensic Expert (Biochemistry) of the Civil Police of the State of Rio de Janeiro (SEPOL), working since 2013 at the Institute of Research and Expertise in Forensic Genetics (IPPGF). She is also a professor in the Postgraduate Course in Forensic Biology at Bioforense Educational Projects / Castelo Branco University.

Carolina Bottino Gruszkowski Fratani

Paul Fronczak

Five years ago, Paul took a DNA test that disproved the story he'd been told about his identity—that he was "Baby Fronczak," the infant who'd been kidnapped from a Chicago hospital in an infamous 1964 crime. In an instant, he became a man without a name,  birthday or medical history—an "unidentified living person," in official terminology.

Paul Fronczak

Kimberly Gin

Coroner, Sacramento County Coroner's Office

Kim Gin has worked for the County of Sacramento for twenty years. She started with the County as a Probation Officer and transferred after one year to the Coroner’s Office as a death investigator. She was promoted to Supervising Deputy Coroner in 2012 and then the Coroner in 2014. She has investigated many different kinds of deaths during her career.

Kimberly Gin

Lisa Grossweiler

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

Ms. Grossweiler is the National DNA Index System Program Manager in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's CODIS Unit. Lisa has over 29 years of experience in the forensic DNA field, serving in the private and public sectors.

Lisa Grossweiler

Ryan Gutierrez

Doctoral Student, Sam Houston State University

Ryan Gutierrez is a doctoral student at Sam Houston State University in the Department of Forensic Science. He is interested in advancing forensic DNA by implementing massively parallel sequencing instrumentation for forensic purposes. He is researching bi-allelic markers and their potential for application to highly degraded sample types, particularly rootless hair shafts.

Ryan Gutierrez

Douglas Hares

Rapid DNA Implementation Program Advisor for the FBI’s Biometric Analysis Section

Dr. Hares is the Rapid DNA Implementation Program Advisor for the FBI’s Biometric Analysis Section.  He joined the DNA Analysis Unit II of the FBI Laboratory in 2000 as a Forensic Examiner.  In 2006, Dr. Hares transferred to the CODIS Unit where he served as the NDIS Custodian for over 13 years. 

Douglas Hares

Frederick Harran

Director, Bensalem Township Police Department

Director Harran has served in law enforcement with the Bensalem Township Police Department in Bucks County, Pennsylvania for 33 years. Director Harran lectures nationally on a variety of issues including DNA, current drug trends and initiatives, school safety, grant writing and funding sources.  He has received over 30 awards and citations for his work in both law enforcement and in the community.

Frederick Harran

Susan Hitchin

INTERPOL DNA Unit Coordinator

Susan participated in developing the INTERPOL DNA database and has been representing INTERPOL in various meetings, working groups and incident response teams related to international DNA cooperation for investigations, disaster victim identification, missing persons and wildlife trafficking.

Susan Hitchin

Pamela Hofsass

Chief of Forensic Services Division, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff

Pamela Hofsass holds over 35 years of experience in law enforcement, having worked almost every assignment available; patrol, SWAT, Community Policing, Recruitment, Academy, Investigations in addition to the Forensic Services Division.

Pamela Hofsass

Edna Sadayo Miazato Iwamura

Universidade Federal de São Paulo

Since 2017 she is Associate Professor (Livre Docente) Universidade Federal de São Paulo- Escola Paulista de Medicina— Department of Pathology where she leads research in Molecular and Forensic Pathology and undertakes Master and Doctoral research supervision.

Edna Sadayo Miazato Iwamura

Hari Iyer

Mathematical Statistician at the National Institute of Standards and Technology

Hari Iyer is a Mathematical Statistician at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He received his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and PhD in Statistics from Colorado State University. His areas of interest are Statistical Inference, Applied Statistics, Uncertainty and its quantification, Machine Learning and its applications in Forensic Science.

Hari Iyer

Ronaldo Carneiro da Silva Junior

Custodian of the National DNA Database, Brazilian Federal Police

Forensic Expert at Technical Scientific Directory of Brazilian Federal Police. Custodian of the National DNA Database and Coordinator of the Steering Committee of the Brazilian Network of DNA Databases.

Ronaldo Carneiro da Silva Junior

Brian Kim

Criminalist, Los Angeles Police Department

Brian joined LAPD in 2011 and was assigned to the Serology DNA Unit which processes over 20,000 DNA samples a year. He is currently a member of the validation team which evaluates and implements new technology to assist in forensic DNA analysis.

Brian Kim

Peter de Knijff

Professor in Population Genetics and Evolution Genetics, Leiden University Medical Center

Peter de Knijff is full professor in population genetics and evolutionary genetics at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). Since 1994 he has led the Forensic Laboratory for DNA Research at the LUMC. Together with Prof. Lutz Roewer of the Humbolt University in Berlin and Prof. Manfred Kayser of the Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, he was responsible for the worldwide introduction of Y-chromosomal microsatellites for forensic genetic and population genetic applications.

Peter de Knijff

Stephen Kramer

Attorney, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Mr. Kramer is an attorney with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in its Los Angeles office.  He is responsible for legal matters in the FBI's criminal and national security investigations.  He oversees the FBI's investigative techniques and strategies that are used by investigators. 

Stephen Kramer

Swathi Kumar

Director, Product Management, Verogen Inc

Swathi A. Kumar, PhD, leads Verogens global product strategy. Prior to Verogen, she spent 8 years at Illumina, the global NGS/MPS market and technology leader, in technical, sales and product management roles.

Swathi Kumar

George Li

Rapid DNA Program Manager, FBI Laboratory CODIS Unit

In his current position at the FBI Laboratory, Mr. Li is responsible for facilitating the implementation of Rapid DNA technology at law enforcement booking stations in coordination with each state’s CODIS laboratories.

George Li

Roberta Fogliatto Mariot

NicheVision Forensics LLC

Roberta Fogliatto Mariot, Ph.D., is a scientist and researcher in Molecular Biology applied to Forensic and Food Science. She currently works for NicheVision Forensics LLC (USA) and collaborates with the Rome Scientific Investigations Department, Arma dei Carabinieri (Italy); the Human Genetics and Molecular Laboratory, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS – Brazil); and the Soil Science Department, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS - Brazil).

Roberta Fogliatto Mariot

Manuel Crespillo Márquez

Instituto Nacional de Toxicología y Ciencias Forenses

Head of the Biology Service of the National Institute of Toxicology and Forensic Sciences (Ministry of Justice) of the Department of Barcelona.

Manuel Crespillo Márquez

Juan Carlos Alvarez Merino

Universidad de Granada

Researcher of the DNA-Prokids program to identify missing children and fight against human trafficking. Researcher of the program of identification of victims of the Civil War in Spain and manager of the DNA database.

Juan Carlos Alvarez Merino

Aline Costa Minervino

National DNA Database - Federal Police

Brazilian representative at Interpol DNA Monitoring Expert Group. Adjunct Coordinator of the I Specialization Course in Forensic Genetics at the National Police Academy.

Aline Costa Minervino

Gary Molina

CODIS Program Manager, Texas Department of Public Safety

Gary Molina has been employed with the Texas Department of Public Safety for 28 years. Gary is a member of American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Southwestern Association of Forensic Sciences, and a Fellow in the Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators. He has served on the National DNA Index System Procedures Board and is currently a member of the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods.

Gary Molina

CeCe Moore

Investigative Genetic Genealogist and Media Consultant

CeCe is an investigative genetic genealogist and media consultant. Throughout the last decade, CeCe has been considered an innovator and pioneer in the use of autosomal DNA to resolve unknown parentage and family mysteries, frequently consulted by DNA testing companies, genealogists, adoptees, law enforcement and the press.

CeCe Moore

Melissa Mourges

Chief of the Forensic Sciences/Cold Case Unit, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office

Melissa Mourges has been a prosecutor for over 35 years. She is currently the Chief of the Forensic Sciences/Cold Case Unit in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. She acts as liaison between the 500 lawyers in her office and the DNA, ballistics, latent print and other forensic labs with which her office works, training and helping prosecutors interpret reports, answer Frye motions, and insuring that prosecutors properly state the strength of the evidence when they present cases in court.

Melissa Mourges

Tatiana Lúcia Santos Nogueira

Instituto de Biologia do Exército

Major, Head of the Forensic Genetics Laboratory at the Army Biology Institute and the Brazilian Army's Sample Repository, in Rio de Janeiro. Instructor of the training course for military criminal experts from the Brazilian Army and Navy.

Tatiana Lúcia Santos Nogueira

Silviene Fabiana de Oliveira

Depto. Genética e Morfologia, Universidade de Brasília / Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Institute of Forensic Science

Dr. Silviene Fabiana de Oliveira is associated professor at the University of Brasilia (UnB - Brazil) and coordinates the Human genetic research group at the Biological Science Institute at UnB, a research unit working on forensic genetics, historical reconstruction, medical genetics and genetics education.

Silviene Fabiana de Oliveira

José Luis López Paredes

Facultad de Medicina - Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos (UAEM)

Researcher Associated with the projects Genetic structure of the mestizo population of the States of Morelos and Puebla, identified by STRs markers of the “Y” chromosome, and of the GEMM Study “Genetics of Metabolic Diseases in Mexico: Genomic Bases of Postprandial Metabolism”.

José Luis López Paredes

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

Michelle Peck

DNA Research and Validation Manager, International Commission on Missing Persons

Michelle is the DNA Research and Validation Manager at the International Commission on Missing Persons. Her focus is on implementing massively parallel sequencing methods for missing persons applications. Previously she worked at the Armed Forces DNA Identification Lab in the Emerging Technologies Section, with an emphasis on mitochondrial DNA methods.

Michelle Peck

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

Fredes Adriana Cárdenas Quevedo

Instituto Nacional de Medicina Legal y Ciencias Forenses - Bogotá - Colombia

Bacteriologist specialized in Quality Management Systems, Environment and Occupational Health. With 11 years of experience as a quality facilitator of the Biology Group of the Bogota Regional Directorate. Currently, substitute for the role of quality facilitator of the Regional Directorate and president of the Joint Committee on Occupational Health COPASST of the Bogotá Regional Directorate.

Fredes Adriana Cárdenas Quevedo

Barbara Rae-Venter

Barbara is a Search Angel with DNAAdoption.org helping adoptees find their birth relatives and
also helps teach the online autosomal DNA (atDNA) classes that DNAAdoption.org offers to
help adoptees use their atDNA to find birth relatives.

Barbara Rae-Venter

Anthony Redgrave

Lead forensic genealogist, Redgrave Research Forensic Services

Anthony is the lead forensic genealogist at Redgrave Research Forensic Services and head instructor of Forensic Genealogy Training for Law Enforcement. He is also a co-founder of the Trans Doe Task Force.

Anthony Redgrave

Julyana da Silva Varela Ribeiro

Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ)

Has experience in Genetics, focusing on Human Genetics and Forensic Genetics, acting on the following subjects: Y chromosome and South American populations.

Julyana da Silva Varela Ribeiro

Lutz Roewer

Director, Department of Forensic Genetics, Institute of Legal Medicine

Lutz Roewer works as a forensic expert since 1987. His scientific background comprises the genetics and application of DNA sequence polymorphisms in human and non-human DNA, forensic and kinship analysis using molecular markers, population genetics, phylogeography and ancient DNA. He is specialized in the field of Y chromosome genetics and its forensic, genealogical and evolutionary genetics applications.

Lutz Roewer

Filipa Isabel Figueira Simão

Laboratório de Diagnóstico por DNA, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Degree in Forensic and Criminal Sciences from the Higher Institute of Health Sciences Egas Moniz, Costa da Caparica, (Portugal), in 2012. Master's degree in Biochemistry from the Faculty of Sciences and Technologies, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal), in 2014. PhD from the Postgraduate Program in Biosciences at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), in 2019. Currently, FAPERJ Post-Doctoral fellow.

Filipa Isabel Figueira Simão

Philip Simmers

CODIS Unit Manager and the State CODIS Administrator, Louisiana State Police Crime Laboratory

Philip led the Louisiana contingent of the FBI’s Rapid DNA Pilot Implementation Committee.  He is a member of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors and the Louisiana Association of Forensic Scientists, and currently serves as an invited guest at the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods.

Philip Simmers

Mark Smith

DNA Database Supervisor and Rapid DNA Coordinator, Arizona Department of Public Safety

Mark Smith has been employed with the Arizona Department of Public Safety  for 18 years and is currently  the DNA Database Supervisor and Rapid DNA Coordinator.  He is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and an invited guest at the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods.

Mark Smith

Andreas Tillmar

Associate Professor of Forensic Genetics, Linköping University, Sweden

Andreas Tillmar, PhD, works as a forensic geneticist at the Nation Board of Forensic Medicine, Sweden (80%) and as a senior lecturer and associated professor of forensic genetics at Linköping University, Sweden (20%). He is well experienced from working over 15 years in the field.

Andreas Tillmar

Ana Yanssy Morales Valverde

Departamento de Laboratorios de Ciencias Forenses, Organismo de Investigación Judicial, Poder Judicial Costa Rica

Ana Yanssy Morales Valverde has 12 years of experience as an expert in Forensic Genetics.

Ana Yanssy Morales Valverde

Luz Adriana Londoño Vargas

Instituto Nacional de Medicina Legal y Ciencias Forenses - Colombia

She currently works at the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences of Colombia, as coordinator of the Forensic Biology Group.

Luz Adriana Londoño Vargas

Susan Walsh

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Forensic and Investigative Sciences, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Dr. Susan Walsh is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology and Forensic and Investigative Sciences at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Dr. Walsh completed her PhD in Forensic Genetics at Erasmus University in the Netherlands. She went on to complete post-doctorate work at Yale University before joining IUPUI in 2014. 

Susan Walsh

Richard Wilson

Unit Chief of the CODIS Unit, FBI

Richard Wilson

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