Speaker

Peter Vallone

NIST

Peter M. Vallone received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1999.  Afterwards he was awarded a NRC postdoctoral fellowship that brought him to the Biotechnology Division at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  Over the last 19 years at NIST Dr. Vallone has developed multiplex PCR assays for the detection of genetic variation, developed methods for the rapid amplification of STR loci, and has been involved in the characterization of nucleic acid-based reference materials.

As leader of the Applied Genetics Group at NIST since 2013 Dr. Vallone works with a team of researchers producing DNA reference materials, assessing emerging techniques such as next generation sequencing and digital PCR.  The group efforts provide research and training that supports the forensic DNA community.  Dr. Vallone has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles in the areas of DNA thermodynamics and human identity testing.