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Kate Stevenson

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

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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). She received her Post graduate diploma and Bachelor of Science both majoring in Anatomy from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Kate is a casework reporting scientist specializing in DNA and Y STR DNA reporting in addition to coordinating and assisting with multiple research projects at any one point in time. She has been involved in the validation of new chemistries and instrumentation since starting at ESR in 2003, in addition to being involved as supervisor to many university students over the course of the past 10 years. At present, in addition to implementing new chemistries in the lab, she is actively involved in epigenetics research. In particular, using methylation patterns to determine the age of the donor of a stain, and also using methylation patterns to differentiate identical twins.

Kate takes pleasure in the smaller achievements of day to day work, including troubleshooting issues in the laboratory, finding time to draft scientific papers, or simply discovering/learning new tools to aid in the workflow for forensic biology samples. In terms of other achievements, she has been involved in publishing research, which has been awarded best paper awards in the Australia/NZ region and she has also been awarded a medal for contributing to DVI efforts following the aftermath of earthquakes in Christchurch, NZ, yet each of these awards were very much a team effort.