Adapting next generation sequencing (NGS) for forensics is not a paradigm shift

Have you been wondering how NGS technology, or massive parallel sequencing (MPS), can contribute to the future of forensic genomics? NGS can be an adjunctive tool to your existing CE forensic workflow and help provide more investigative leads. Join us for our latest presentation in the Genetic Analysis for All webinar series, and the first of a series specific to using NGS in forensics. We have invited Dr. Bruce Budowle, one of the pioneers in using this new technology in forensics, to share his perspectives on how adapting NGS for forensics is not a paradigm shift.

Webinar Details

This webinar will cover:
  • How NGS technology is applicable to forensic DNA analysis
  • Capabilities and features of Ion Torrent™ NGS technology
  • How NGS can be an adjunctive tool to your CE forensic workflow
This webinar includes a 45-minute presentation and 15 minutes of Q&A.

About the presenter

Dr. Bruce Budowle, PhD, is Executive Director of the Institute of Applied Genetics, and Professor in the Department of Forensic and Investigative Genetics, at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Texas. His current efforts focus on the areas of human forensic identification, microbial forensics, and emerging infectious disease. Dr. Budowle received a Ph.D. in Genetics in 1979 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. From 1979-1982, Dr. Budowle was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. From 1983-2009, Dr. Budowle was employed at the FBI Laboratory Division and carried out research, development, and validation of methods for forensic biological analyses. He has contributed to the fundamental sciences as they apply to forensics in analytical development, population genetics, statistical interpretation of evidence, and in quality assurance. Dr. Budowle has worked on laying some of the foundations for the current statistical analyses in forensic biology and defining the parameters of relevant population groups. He has published more than 485 articles, made more than 550 presentations, and testified in well over 200 criminal cases in the areas of molecular biology, population genetics, statistics, quality assurance, and forensic biology. He has been a chair and member of the Scientific Working Group on DNA Methods, Chair of the DNA Commission of the ISFG, and a member of the DNA Advisory Board. He was one of the architects of the CODIS National DNA database, which maintains DNA profiles from convicted felons, from evidence in unsolved cases, and from missing persons.

 

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