Watch our Recent Online Forum for Young Scientists

Now available to watch on-demand: an exclusive online event where aspiring forensic scientists connected directly with leading figures in the field of forensic DNA. This engaging forum encourages students and early-career professionals to seek advice, discuss challenges, and explore opportunities within the realm of forensic DNA analysis. Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of the field, practical advice for advancing their careers, and strategies for making significant contributions to forensic science. Whether you’re navigating the complexities of academic research or looking for ways to break into the forensic industry, this forum will offer invaluable guidance and inspiration.

On-Demand Webinars

Advancements in forensic techniques and technologies never stop, so learning shouldn’t either. Watch one of our on-demand webinars or register for upcoming trainings.


If you find yourself wondering “what comes next?” after graduation, you’re not alone! We’ve asked our ISHI Advisory Committee to share their vast experience and help answer your questions ranging from what to put on your resume to what you can experience once you’re hired.

Panel members include:

  • Brian Hoey | Director, Missouri State Highway Patrol
  • Dr. Claire Glynn | Associate Professor, University of New Haven
  • Brian Kim | Criminalist, Los Angeles Police Department
  • Dr. Nicole Novroski | Forensic Geneticist and Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Mississauga
  • Deedra Hughes | Assistant Director, CODIS Administrator, Mississippi Crime Laboratory


For over four decades, the Golden State Killer eluded capture–until 2018, when a revolutionary tool known as forensic investigative genetic genealogy (FIGG) unmasked him as 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo. Using genome-wide testing to generate a comprehensive DNA profile, FIGG helps narrow down a pool of suspects by linking them to relatives who have submitted their own DNA samples for genetic genealogical analysis. Since 2018, FGG has been deployed for lead generation in over 200 suspect cases around the world. This free three-part webinar equips genetic forensics professionals with information about what cases are best suited for FGG, what labs and prosecutors will face when they take these cases to court, and which technologies are best for generating a genetic profile for FGG analysis.

An Inside Look at the Facts and Fiction Surrounding Genetic Genealogy

Steve Busch, a veteran FBI Special Agent, and Steve Kramer, the FBI’s in-house counsel of 20 years, cover the fundamentals of FIGG and its rise as a leading method of investigation.

Closing the Genealogy Gap: From Extraction to Prosecution

Rachel Oefelein of DNA Labs International presents a step-by-step guide from DNA extraction through prosecution of FIGG cases.

Decoding the Laboratory Options for Genetic Genealogy

Danny Hellwig, Laboratory Director at Intermountain Forensics, contextualizes the forensic DNA community’s knowledge of targeted SNP assays, microchip-based DNA testing, and the multitude of whole genetic sequencing options available.