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Lies Janssens

Senior Forensic Scientist, Utah Bureau of Forensics Services

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Lies Janssens

Senior Forensic Scientist, Utah Bureau of Forensics Services

Lies Janssens is a Senior Forensic Scientist at the Utah Bureau of Forensics Services, where she has been employed since 2013. She is an integral part of the DNA technical team helping to validate and bring online new and emerging technologies. She has worked on many cases – including high profile and rush cases – in serology and DNA and has provided expert testimony in both fields. She played a major role in the implementation of the DNA section’s laboratory information management system and ensures that all instruments and reagents are up to standard for casework use.

Lies is also a member of the Utah Bureau of Forensic Services’ Crime Scene Response team, assisting police agencies across the state in the processing of crime scenes.
In 2019, she was awarded the Public Safety Medal of Excellence in recognition and appreciation of her outstanding contribution in behalf of the Citizens of the State of Utah.
Lies completed her Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences at Ghent University – Belgium – in 2011 and her Master of Science degree in Biomedical Forensic Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine in 2013. She also had the opportunity to intern at the Defense Forensic Science Center – part of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory – in Atlanta, Georgia. During her internship there, she worked on two research projects: “Validation of the SABRE 5000 for the detection of explosives and narcotics” and “Salt water effects on DNA degradation and profiling”.

Prior to moving to the United States of America in 2011 – to attend Boston University – she lived in Belgium and France.

And as a little added fun fact. Three years ago, when she attended ISHI 29 in Phoenix, Lies saw a poster about a new nanofiber filter technology and started a conversation with the company behind it. And now, here we are, presenting about a collaboration that all started at an ISHI conference.