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Emerging Forensic Research Series: Forensic Biology - Archival
Forensic science research and development plays a key role in the advancement of the practice of forensic science, as noted by the 2009 National Academies of Science report “Strengthening Forensic Sciences in the United States: A Path Forward.”
Original Live Webinar took place on 04/09/2019

The Emerging Webinar Series provides a platform for researchers to present their novel NIJ-supported research to the forensic community. While this research presented may be ongoing, this series presents a unique opportunity for researchers to connect and discuss the impact of their research, early research outcomes, challenges, and technology transition pathways. During this webinar, each presenter will provide a brief overview of their research topic and address questions from attendees during a Q&A session.

In this installment of the Emerging Research series, three researchers presented on their current research in the forensic biology discipline. Dr. Utkan Demirci from Stanford University presented on his work about developing a confirmatory test for sperm in sexual assault samples using a microfluidic-integrated cell phone imaging system. Dr. Brian Kemp from the University of Oklahoma discussed his research dealing with the impact of standard laboratory procedures on aged, degraded, and/or low copy number DNA. Finally, Dr. Bruce McCord from Florida International University discussed the development of a PCR based multiplex for the simultaneous analysis of age and body fluid identification. 

Detailed Learning Objectives:

1.	Overview of three NIJ-supported emerging research projects in the forensic biology discipline and their progress

2.	Potential impact of these emerging forensic biology research projects to the forensic community

3.	Discussion of next steps and transition of this research into the forensic community

This webinar was recorded in its entirety at the time of the Live event in order to capture the one on one interaction with the presenter. Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence event has been provided by the National Institute of Justice.


Dr. Bruce McCord, Dr. Brian Kemp & Dr. Utkan Demirci
Dr. Bruce McCord - Professor of Analytical and Forensic Chemistry at Florida International University.

Dr. Brian Kemp - Associate Professor in Anthropology and Co-Director of the Laboratories of Molecular Anthropology and Microbiome Research at the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Utkan Demirci - Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine with tenure at the Canary Center for Early Cancer Detection.