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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

Samantha Blatt

Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology, Idaho State University

Dr. Samantha Blatt is an Assistant Professor of biological anthropology at Idaho State University. She specializes in hard tissue microscopy and markers of growth, stress/health, and adaptive strategies from archaeological, historic, and forensic skeletal and dental remains.

Samantha Blatt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jody Hynds

Senior Forensic Scientist, Orange County District Attorney’s Office

Since 2010, Jody has been a Senior Forensic Scientist for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office as their local database administrator and general DNA expert in their DNA Unit.

Jody Hynds

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

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

Amy Michael

Biological Anthropologist, University of New Hampshire

Dr. Amy Michael is a biological anthropologist at the University of New Hampshire specializing in the analysis of human bone and tooth microstructure in forensic and archaeological cases.

Amy Michael

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

Tamyra Moretti

Research Biologist, DNA Support Unit, FBI Laboratory

Tamyra Moretti is a Research Biologist for the DNA Support Unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory.  In 1996, Dr. Moretti joined the FBI Forensic Science Research Unit where she performed research, development and validation of PCR-based methods for the analysis of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA.  She has lectured extensively and trained forensic scientists and attorneys throughout the U.S. and internationally. 

Tamyra Moretti

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

Thomas Parsons

Director of Science and Technology, ICMP

Dr. Parsons leads a large team of ICMP forensic scientists and support personnel spanning the disciplines of forensic anthropology, forensic archaeology, DNA profiling, genetic kinship matching and informatics.  This includes the world’s largest and most successful missing persons DNA identification laboratory system.

Thomas Parsons

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

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

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

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

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

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