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.
Dr. Catherine Grgicak joins OSAC’s Biology/DNA SAC as an Officer where she will aid in the development of national standards and guidelines from the Biological Methods, Biological Data Interpretation & Reporting and Wildlife Forensics Subcommittees.
LFTDI student and CIB PhD candidate, Nidhi Sheth, was awarded an NIJ (National Institute of Justice) Travel Grant to present her work “Deconvolution of Mixture Samples using Single-Cell Techniques for Forensic Human Identification” on March 03 at PITTCON Conference & Expo during the NIJ Poster Session.
Integrating Validated A Posteriori Probabilities on the Number of Contributors into Forensic Interpretation Pipelines for Full DNA Profile Interpretation will be presented at the 2019 NEAFS conference in Lancaster PA by Dr. Catherine M. Grgicak.
Here she will summarize the developmental validation of NOCIt – a software that renders the a posteriori probability distribution on the number of contributors to complex DNA mixtures – with a large-scale forensically relevant dataset. Notably, Dr. Grgicak shall demonstrate how the APP is used to calculate a full weight-of-evidence (log likelihood ratio or LR) without the need to designate that a particular NOC explains the evidence.
OPEN FORUM: SCI 114 (Chemistry Conference Room).
On Thursday April 25th at 3pm, come see Amanda present her work on: DEVELOPING A FORENSICALLY RELEVANT SINGLE-CELL INTERPRETATION STRATEGY FOR HUMAN IDENTIFICATION.
In this work Amanda demonstrates that single-cell signal is fundamentally different than signal acquired from bulk-processing, signifying new interpretation constructs are needed for forensically relevant single-cell signal.
On Monday April 29th at 5pm, come see Laura present her work on: STABILIZING INFORMATION CONTENT IN DNA EVIDENCE FOR IMPROVED LAB-TO-LAB INFERENCE
Laura shows that the information content in forensic electropherograms (EPGs) can drastically be improved by applying a simulation-experimental based approach. She then applies these improved post-PCR laboratory parameters to optimize the pre-PCR process.
LFTDI acquires an Ion S5 and Chef NGS system for forensic applications. The technology will be used to build a dynamic model of the entire NGS pipeline, which will be used to optimize the NGS process for efficient and reliable forensic data generation in a cost effective manner.
U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) announces Rutgers University–Camden was awarded funds from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for forensic science research
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