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Timothy McMahon

Director, DoD DNA Operations, Armed Forces Medical Examiner System

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Timothy McMahon

Director, DoD DNA Operations, Armed Forces Medical Examiner System

Dr. McMahon received his PhD in Biomedical Sciences in August of 2001 from the School of Public Health at the University of Albany, New York. Dr. McMahon’s graduate studies and Post-Doctoral research were performed in the division of Infectious Disease and Immunology at the New York State Department of Health. His research included the identification and interaction of the Human Cytomegalovirus Helicase-Primase replication proteins and a pro-death late transcript that caused cell death in infected cells. From 2002-2007, Dr. McMahon established the DoD DNA Operation’s Quality Control and Validation section; where he was responsible for developing and forensically validating all new human remains DNA identification instrumentation, reagents and testing procedures. In March of 2007, Dr. McMahon joined Applied Biosystems; where he established the first commercial Global DNA Forensic Professional Service organization whose primary function was to design and establish new DNA Laboratories as well as aid Local, State, and Federal Crime Laboratories within implementing new forensic DNA technologies and instrumentation. During his time at Applied Biosystems, Dr. McMahon was responsible for developing a state of the art fully automated Criminal Casework Line that allowed for the processing of 640 crime scene samples per day; the development of an automated differential extraction line; and for performing over 200 validations for North American and International crime laboratories.  In February of 2012, Dr. McMahon returned to the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System as the Chief of Forensic Services, where his role as the scientific subject matter expert was to advise, guide and help maintain the AFMES as a leader in the Forensic Community. He oversaw all aspects of casework performed at DoD DNA Operations while directing and carrying out projects and programs to develop innovative advances in DNA-based forensic testing methods. In this role, Dr. McMahon also established AFMES-AFDIL as the first laboratory in the U.S. to develop and implement a forensically validated Next Generation Sequencing method for Human remains Identification. In 2017, Dr. McMahon became the first civilian Director of the DoD DNA Operations section, where he is in charge of the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory and the Armed Forces Repository of Specimen Samples for the Identification of Remains. Dr. McMahon oversees over 150 scientists and is in charge of all Human remains DNA scientific initiatives in support of the Armed Forces Medical Examiners System’s primary mission to identify fallen U.S. Service Members from current day operations and past conflicts.