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Tamyra Moretti

Research Biologist, DNA Support Unit, FBI Laboratory

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Tamyra Moretti

Research Biologist, DNA Support Unit, FBI Laboratory

Tamyra Moretti is a Research Biologist for the DNA Support Unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory.  She earned her Ph.D. in Genetics from the George Washington University for her research at the National Institutes of Health. In 1996, Dr. Moretti joined the FBI Forensic Science Research Unit where she performed research, development and validation of PCR-based methods for the analysis of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA.  She has lectured extensively and trained forensic scientists and attorneys throughout the U.S. and internationally.  At the FBI, Dr. Moretti has also held positions as an Examiner in casework and convicted offender databasing operations. She has managed the FBI’s DNA training and validation programs, where she oversaw the development and validation of new procedures to update nearly all of the FBI’s serological and DNA testing methods which was critical to the elimination of the FBI’s backlog of 3,752 cases. She is a member of the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods, and since 1996 has contributed to the development of SWGDAM guidelines for the validation of forensic test methods, STR interpretation, expert systems, low-template DNA analysis, Y-STR interpretation and statistical analysis, validation of probabilistic genotyping systems, and the usage of probabilistic genotyping software and reporting of likelihood ratios.  She is a recipient of the FBI Director’s Award for Outstanding Scientific Advancement.