Michael Coble

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Dr. Michael Coble is a Forensic Biologist in the Applied Genetics Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  Dr. Coble received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Appalachian State University, his Master’s Degree in Forensic Science and his Ph.D. in Genetics from the George Washington University. Prior to working at NIST, Dr. Coble was the Chief of the Research Section at the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL). While at AFDIL, he was involved in resolving a number of high profile historical cases including the genetic identification of the two missing Romanov children.In 2009, Dr. Coble received the Washington Academy of Sciences Award for work of merit and distinction in the Biological Sciences. He is a member of the North Carolina Forensic Science Advisory Board and is an invited guest to the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM). Dr. Coble was recently listed among the top 20 high-impact authors in Legal Medicine & Forensic Science from 2001 to 2011 by Science Watch. His current research at NIST focuses on DNA mixture interpretation and research with lineage markers.