National Forensic Science Week is dedicated to recognizing the contribution of forensic scientists who aid criminal investigations by applying scientific principles and analytical methods when examining crime scene evidence. The extraordinary work done by forensic science professionals has become an integral part of the justice system, from exonerating the innocent to convicting the guilty, based on credible and verifiable evidence. Some of their pioneering research efforts have also led to the identification of missing persons and victims of mass disasters through linking of reference samples to recovered remains.
Over the past three decades, the molecular biology revolution has played an exciting role in the field of forensic science. DNA testing has become the gold standard for analyzing crime scene stains, and with advances in short tandem repeat typing and next-generation sequencing technology, an untold number of cold cases have now been brought to closure, and wrongfully incarcerated individuals have been exonerated.
Our DNA technologies have provided answers to bewildering forensic cases worldwide. QIAGEN continually strives to enhance its forensic DNA analysis capabilities through rigorous research and close collaboration with customers, allowing for development and implementation of customized workflow solutions.
QIAGEN is proud of young investigators and applauds their commitment to serving our communities every day. So come celebrate the forensic sciences with us!
We recently started our Young Investigator blog series to honor the efforts of young, extraordinary forensic scientists around the globe. Here they can share their story and research accomplishments, and highlight the benefits of their research to our society. Take a moment to learn about their work and allow them to inspire you!
Amy Holmes recently graduated from the Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, where she received her PhD. Her research focused on exploring solutions to the problem of sub-optimal disaster victim identification (DVI) methods for processing large numbers of decomposing human remains for DNA typing. In addition, her research involved optimizing protocols for in-field sample collection, room-temperature storage, and faster processing of DNA samples from decomposing human tissues.
Michelle Peck is a DNA Validation and Development Coordinator at the International Commission on Missing Persons, The Hague, Netherlands. Her research focuses on Massively Parallel Sequencing (MPS) methods for missing persons identification.
Lisa Dierig is a PhD student at the Institute of Legal Medicine, Ulm, Germany. Her research focuses on optimizing collection and analysis of ‘touch DNA’ samples for better success rate and deconvolution of admixed samples.
We’re glad to be a part of forensic science and its future – Happy National Forensic Science Week!