LFTDI researchers demonstrate that consistency in context is crucial to the current DNA interpretation process and offer solutions to the DNA mixture problem. See the full story on Rutgers-Camden News Now.
LFTDI and collaborator Dr. Ken Duffy (National University of Ireland-Maynooth, Hamilton Institute) demonstrate advances in DNA mixture interpretation using forensically relevant single-cell techniques at the 2021 National Institute of Justice Forensic Research Symposium.
LFTDI student and CIB PhD Candidate, Nidhi Sheth, was awarded an NIJ Graduate Fellowship for her work on “Selectively analyzing and interpreting DNA from multiple donors with a full Single-Cell strategy“. Nidhi is part of a multi-institutional, inter-disciplinary team of computer scientists, applied mathematicians, data scientists and chemists interested in developing a forensically relevant single-cell pipeline aimed at solving the forensic DNA mixture problem.
Dr. Grgicak joins the Editorial Board of Electrophoresis, a scientific journal dedicated to topics that include new or improved analytical and preparative methods, sample preparation, development of theory, and innovative applications of electrophoretic and liquid phase separations methods in the study of nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates natural products, pharmaceuticals, food analysis, environmental species and other compounds of importance to the life sciences.
Patent US 10,504,614 B2 was issued to Dr. Grgicak & Dr. Lun et al. for their “Systems and Methods for Determining an Unknown Characteristic of a Sample”.
This patent describes the invention underlying NOCIt, the system that allows a full evaluation of the entire forensic DNA signal across all probable number of contributors.
The Expert Working Group on Human Factors in Forensic DNA Interpretation is charged with conducting a scientific assessment on the effects of human factors in forensic DNA examination with the goal of recommending approaches to improve its practice and reduce the likelihood of errors. The Working Group will evaluate relevant bodies of scientific literature and technical knowledge to develop its recommendations and will publish a report of its findings.
Dr. Grgicak is honored to be part of this group and looks forward to participating.