Assistant Professsor, Department of Biology, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapols, Indianapolis, IN
2010-2011 - Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
2005-2010 - PhD, Department of Biology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
2000-2002 - MSc, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1996-2000 - BSc, Biology/Chemistry, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB Canada
2011-2013 - MSFS, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN
2006-2010 - BSc, Forensic Science, Madonna University, Livonia, MI
2006-2010 - BA, Spanish, Madonna University, Livonia, MI
My research is focused on applying single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analyses of human DNA to predict externally visible characteristics, specifically determining which informative SNP markers are able to accurately predict certain phenotypic traits which have the potential to aid in forensic investigations (e.g., eye color, hair color, ancestry, etc.). Recently I completed my master’s work evaluating a European established SNP assay (IrisPlex) for eye color prediction within a U.S. population, and utilizing an objective color quantification method for classification of eye color from digital photo collection.
2008-2011 - MSc, Department of Applied Math & Computer Science, Indiana University, South Bend, IN
2003-2007 - BSc, Biology, Indiana University, South Bend, IN
My research is based on the computational side of genetics and molecular biology in forensic entomology. I am currently working on high throughput sequenced genomic DNA, including Restriction Site Associated (RAD-tag) DNA from the forensic fly Phormia regina (Diptera: Calliphoridae), commonly known as the black blow fly. My current project is aimed at de novo assembly and annotation ofthe genome of P. regina, and using the assembled genome as a tool in the identification of new molecular markers (i.e. microsatellites and SNPs). This information will enable efficient downstream analysis of population genetics and molecular ecology.
2010-2011 - MSc, Department of Biology, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN
2006-2010 - BA, Biochemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
My research is focused on two areas of forensic biology:
Artifact study: In certain DNA samples, an unknown artifact has been observed in electropherograms. The goal of this study is to isolate and sequence this artifact in order to determine its identity.
Fingerprint study: Obtaining DNA from touch prints has become a common method in forensic science. However, in some situations, a fingerprint identification is needed as well. The purpose of this study is to discover the bet method for obtaining both a fingerprint and a DNA sample from the same piece of evidence.
2010-2012 - MPhil, School of Biological Sciences, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
2010 - PGCert, Scientific Research Methods, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
2005-2008 - BSc, School of Biological Sciences, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
My research interests lie in the identification of molecular markers to determine the population structure of various forensically important Calliphorids, or blowflies. My current focus is with the secondary screwworm fly, Cochliomyia macellaria, a primary coloniser of carrion, and the identification of molecular markers in the form of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with development. This research will enable the discrimination between fast and slow developing individuals thus improving the accuracy in the estimation of a minimum postmortem interval (PMI).
2013-present, Visiting PhD Student
2008-2013 - BSc, Forensic and Investigative Sciences, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN
Kelly Biro 2013-14 Blow fly population genetics
Whitney Reed 2013-14 Blow fly population genetics
If you are interested in molecular forensic entomology, and have some experience either as an entomologist looking to expand your skills, or as a molecular biololgist looking to work on an interesting biological system, please email me! I am looking for a hard working, motivated individual.