Forensic Biology

Former Students

with Current positions & their internships

Jamie Belrose, Forensic Scientist, New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner, New York, New York
“Mitochondrial DNA Extraction and Purification” [Dr. Kerri Dugan, Federal Bureau of Investigation]

Kelly Birmingham, Forensic Scientist, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City, Department of Forensic Biology New York, New York
Validation Study of the Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer” and “Searching for Increased Discriminatory Power in Mitochondrial DNA Typing: Analysis of Variable Region 1 (VR1) and Variable Region 2 (VR2)” [Dr. Paul Goncharoff, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City Department of Forensic Biology]

Jessica Blair,, DNA Analyst, Vanderbilt University
“Optimizing a Biothreat Multiplex RT- PCR Assay” [Dr. Christine Wagner, Wadsworth Laboratory]

Andrew Campbell, University of Rochester
“Production and characterization of Monoclonal Antibodies to Human Salvary Amylase for Possible Application in Forensic Investigation” [Dr. David Lawrence, Wadsworth Laboratory-NYSDOH]

Nicole Carter, Forensic Scientist, New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center
“Validation of the ABI Prism 3100 Avant Genetic Analyzer for the Incorporation of High-Throughput STR Analysis” [Dr. Allison Eastman, New York State Police Forensic Investigation]

Brian Cohen, Graduate Student, Nanotechnology and Nanosciences Program, University at Albany, Albany, NY
"Development of a Microfluidic Nanochip to Process Sexual Assault Evidence for Application to Forensic DNA Profiling" [Dr. David Lawrence, New York State Department of Health, Wadsworth Center].

Nikia Coomber, Forensic Scientist, Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC
“Validation of a STR Multiplex Typing System for Genetic Individualization of Genetic Cat Samples” [Dr. Marilyn Menotti-Raymond, National Cancer Institute]

Heather Cunningham, Forensic Scientist / Research Scientist, The Bode Technology Group, Springfield, VA
“Development of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and LightCycler-PCR Based Assays to Detect the Presence of Cytomegalovirus DNA in Dried Bloodspots” [Dr. Michele Caggana, New York State Department of Health]

Bryne Creely, Forensic Scientist, Bode Technology Group
“Internal Validation of DNA IQ System for Forensic Casework.” [Mr.Chad Summerfield, Philidelphia Police Department DNA Identification Lab]

Allyson Day, Forensic Scientist, New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center
“The Microfluidics Desktop Instrument: A Pilot Study at New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center” [Dr. Barry Duceman, New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center]

Jennifer Freytag, Ph.D. Student, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York
“Applications of Reverse Transcriptase PCR to the Analysis of Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor Type-1 Transcript Levels in Response to Adherent Versus Nonadherent Conditions and Stimulation by Transforming Growth Factor.” [Dr. Paul Higgins, Albany Medical College]

Tim Goble, Forensic Scientist, New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center
“Internal Validation of the Quantifiler Human DNA Quatification Kit for the Biological Sciences” [Dr. Barry Duceman, New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center]

Kathleen Gould, Forensic Scientist, Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory Services
“Optimization of Invitrogen Charge Switch Magnetic Bead Based Technology for DNA Purification from Protein Product and Evaluation of Alternative Methods of DNA Extraction/Isolation/Purification” [Dr. Paul Vescio, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals]

Marie Guido, Forensic Scientist, Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences
“A Cepheid Smart Cycler Validation Considering Possible Sources of qPCR Contamination” [Dr. Julie Sutton, Florida Forensic Laboratory]

Jaime Hoey, Forensic Scientist, Westchester County Forensic Laboratory
“Validation of Applied Biosystems Amp STR Y Filer PCR Amplification Kit” [Dr. Brian Meeham. DNA Security, INC]

Tara Johnson, Forensic Scientist, ReliaGene Technologies, Inc, New Orleans, LA
“Optimization and Internal Validation of Applied Biosystems’ Quantifiler Human DNA Quantification Assay” [Dr. Anne Walsh, New York State Department of Health, Wadsworth Center]

Amanda Keller, Forensic Scientist, Erie County Central Police Services
“Internal Validation of AMPF STR Y Filer PCR Amplification Kit from Biosystems” [Dr. John Simich. Erie County Central Police Services]

Brian Kenny, State Police Officer, New York State Police
“Validation of Applied biosystems 3130 Gentic Analyzer and Genemapper ID 3.2 for Applications at Northeast Regional Forensic Institute (NERFI)” [Dr. Julie Sutton. Northeast Regional Forensic Institute]

Alison Kier, DNA Analyst, DNA Testing Lab. Baltimore, Maryland
“Internal Validation of ABI 7000 RT-PCR and Quantifiler Chemistry” [Mr. Robert Adamo. Westchester County Forensic Laboratory]

Sunjeev Konduru, Forensic Scientist, Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC
“Optimization and Validation of a Method to Type the Y-STR’s of the U.S. Haplotype and an Additional Locus, DYS464” [Dr. Anne Walsh, New York State Department of Health, Wadsworth Center]

Jeanette Kovari, Forensic Scientist, New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center, Albany, New York
“Using Over-Expression Systems for Evp28 to Reveal the Effects Virulent Poxvirus have on Expression of Pro-Apoptotic Cellular Proteins” [Dr. Todd Gray, Wadsworth Center, Mammalian Genomics, School of Public Health, Biomedical Sciences]

Thomas J. Leach, Forensic Scientist New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center, Albany, New York
“Validation of the ABI Prism 3100 Genetic Analyzer: Precision and Reproducibility Studies” [Dr. Allison Eastman, New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center]

Jennifer Lind.
“Internal Validation of an ABI 3130xl Genetic Analyzer” [Dr. Arthur Eisenberg. DNA Identity Laboratory at University of North Texas]

Michelle Malley, Forensic Scientist, New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center
“Evaluation of DNA IQ System for the Extraction of DNA from Tissue Samples” [Dr. Timothy McMahon. Department of Defense DNA Registry]

Morgan Manning.
“Validation Study of DNA Extraction Methods” [Dr. Philip Kinsey. Montana Department of Justice Forensic Division State Crime Labs]

Michael Marciano, Forensic Scientist, Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences
“Internal Validation of the ABI Avant 3100 Genetic Analyzer” [Dr. Kathleen Corrado. Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences]

Amber McManus, Forensic Scientist, Baltimore Police Department, Baltimore County, Towson, MD
“Optimization and Validation of Procedures Used in the Development of Mock Sexual Assault Proficiency Tests” [Dr. Anne Walsh, New York State Department of Health, Wadsworth Center]

Amy Miller, PH.D. Program in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of Nebraska
“Validation of the Promega Power Plex Y System” [Dr. Anne Walsh. Wadsworth Center NYSDOH]

Keoni Omura.
“Validation of MagNa Pure LC Robotic DNA Extraction System” [Dr. Christine Egan. Wadsworth Center NYSDOH]

Maria Orsino, Forensic Scientist, Erie County Central Police Services
“Internal Validation of the Applied Biosystems Quantifiler™ Real-Time PCR Kits for the Quantification of Human DNA Samples on the ABI 7000 Real-Time Sequence Detection System” [Dr. John Simich. Erie County Central Police Services]

Alanna Ramprashad, Forensic Scientist, Westchester Count Forensics Lab
"The Role of IL-6 Deficiency on Dopaminergic Indices of Developing mice in Striatum” [Dr. Richard Seegal. Wadsworth Center NYSDOH]

Dawn Romano, Forensic Scientist, Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory Services
“Reduced Volume Comparison and Internal Validation of Applied Biosystems’ Quantifiler Y Human Male DNA Quantification Kit” [Dr. Anne Walsh. Wadsworth Center NYSDOH]

Amy Russell, Forensic Scientist, New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center
“Validation of the Applied Biosystems 7500 Sequence Detection System for use in Forensic Casework” [Dr. Barry Duceman, New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center]

Lauren Voisey, Forensic Scientist, Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory
“Evaluation of Various Sequencing Clean-up Procedures” [Dr. Mike Ryan. Albany Medical College]

Samantha Walters, Forensic Scientist, Westchester County Forensic Laboratory
“Internal Validation of Applied Biosystems AmpF/STR Y-filer” [Mr. David San Pietro. Westchester County Forensic Laboratory]

Diana Weisholz, Forensic Scientist, Westchester County Forensic Laboratory
“A Validation Study on DNA Extraction Procedures for Human Fingernails” [Lisa Biega. Wadsworth Center NYSDOH]

Ryan Wilson, DNA Analyst, Wadsworth Center, Albany, New York
“Evidence that Recently Characterized Protein HILS1 may not be Testis-Specific and May Exist as more than One Splice Form” [Dr. Carol-Beth Stewart, University at Albany]

Katherine Wolfram, Lecturer, Northeast Regional Forensic Institute.
“Site-Directed Mutagenesis of the Sodium Channel Gene” [Dr. Sho-Ya Wang. University at Albany]

Amy Woron, Research Scientist, Bio-Defense Laboratory, New York State Department of Health, Albany, New York
“Rapid Detection of Yersinia Pestis with Multi-Target Real Time PCR” [Dr. Kimberlee Musser, Bio-Defense Laboratory, New York State Department of Health]

Nicole Zevotek, Forensic Scientists, New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center, Albany, New York
“Alu PCR Quantification Assay” [Dr. Allison Eastman, New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center]