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Mandi VanBuren

DNA Technical Leader, Kern Regional Crime Laboratory

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Mandi VanBuren

DNA Technical Leader, Kern Regional Crime Laboratory

Mandi Van Buren is the DNA Technical Leader for the Kern Regional Crime Laboratory, a division of the Kern County District Attorney’s Office in Bakersfield, California.  She has over 12 years of experience as a DNA analyst in forensic casework.  Mandi obtained her Master’s of Science degree from the University of Florida in Pharmacy with a concentration in Forensic Drug Chemistry in 2008 and completed undergraduate studies at the University of Tampa in 2005.  Her experience includes both manual and robotic techniques for DNA sample processing, multiple amplification kits, both Autosomal STRs and Y-STRs, and DNA interpretation using probabilistic genotyping with the TrueAllele Casework System.  Mandi and her team are currently expanding their laboratory’s capabilities by validating the MiSeq FGx system for use in casework along with the TrueAllele Casework System.  Mandi is from Rhode Island originally, enjoys traveling, baseball and her three beautiful children.