DNA Diagnostics Center
Michael L. Baird Ph.D. received his doctorate in genetics from the University of Chicago. He was a postdoctoral fellow for one year at the University of Michigan in the department of human genetics where he studied sickle cell anemia. He next joined Columbia University as a Research Associate in the department a human genetics and medicine where, over a three-year period, he studied the molecular basis of the blood genetic disease thalassemia. He then joined Lifecodes Corporation at its inception as a Senior Scientist where he pioneered DNA methods for the determination of parentage, forensic identity and tissue transplantation. During his 20 years at Lifecodes, Dr. Baird held the positions of, Senior Scientist, Laboratory Director, and Vice President of Laboratory Operations. After leaving Lifecodes, Dr. Baird joined DNA Diagnostics Center in Fairfield, Ohio where he is now Chief Science Officer, Laboratory Director, and DNA Technical Leader. Dr. Baird has published over 50 articles in peer review journals as well as chapters in books about the use of DNA for identification. He was the first to testify in a criminal trial involving DNA evidence and has since testified in over 350 criminal cases. He has presented at dozens of scientific meetings around the world about DNA testing for identification. He served on the panel of the Office of Technology Assessment for the U.S. Congress studying the use of DNA for identification. He also presented information to the panels of the National Research Council that studied DNA testing methods and issued reports in 1992 and 1996. Dr. Baird currently serves as the past chair of the Relationship Testing Standards Committee of the AABB. He has served as chair of the Parentage Testing Accreditation Program Unit of the AABB from 1997 through 2002. Prior to that, he was a member of the Parentage Testing Standards Committee of the AABB. Dr Baird has served as Treasurer and is currently President of the Human Identity Trade Association (HITA), a trade association of companies in the human identification field. Dr. Baird is a fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and member of the AABB, American Society of Human Genetics, the American Genetics Society, the American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, and the International Society of Forensic Genetics.Dr Baird has appeared on TV as the DNA consultant for NBC during the O.J. Simpson trial, the DNA expert for the Anna Nicole Smith case, and on the Judge David Young show. He has also been interviewed by dozens of TV and print journalists on issues involving DNA testing and specific cases.