People

Dr. Christine J. Picard

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

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Picard

 

Graduate Students

Gina M. Dembinski, PhD Student, gdembins@iupui.edu

2011-2013 - MSFS, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN

2006-2010 - BSc, Forensic Science, Madonna University, Livonia, MI

2006-2010 - BA, Spanish, Madonna University, Livonia, MI

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Dembinski

Gina says:

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.

 

Anne A. Andere, PhD Student, aaandere@iupui.edu

2012-2014 - MSc, Department of Biology, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, IN

2008-2011 - MSc, Department of Applied Math & Computer Science, Indiana University, South Bend, IN

2003-2007 - BSc, Biology, Indiana University, South Bend, IN

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Andere

Anne says:

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.

 

Charity G. Owings, PhD Student, cgowings@iupui.edu

2010-2012 - MSc, Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University. College Station, TX

2006-2010 - BSc, Forensic and Investigative Sciences, Texas A&M University. College Station, TX

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Charity says:

My research is focused on the molecular and ecological characterization of beetles and mites associated with terrestrial vertebrate decomposition. Though blow flies are currently considered to be the most valuable biological indicators of the minimum postmortem interval, other understudied macro- and microarthropods have the potential to be just as forensically relevant as their dipteran counterparts.
Throughout the course of my doctoral program, I will: 1) develop in-depth successional models (aligned with accumulated degree hours, ADH) specifically for beetles and mites attracted to carrion in Indiana; 2) identify molecular markers to determine the population genetic structure of select widespread necrophagous beetles and mites from around the United States; 3) generate vital developmental datasets for chosen taxa (from Objective 2) under controlled conditions. This research will ultimately provide ecological, molecular, and developmental datasets that can be referenced for both legal and academic purposes.

 

John Whale, MS Student, whalej@iupui.edu

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

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Whale

John says:

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).

 

Visiting Scientist

Abeer Mohsen Salam

2013-present, Visiting PhD Student, Cairo University

2004-2009 - MSc, Medical Entomology, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

1999-2003 -BSc, Biology, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

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Abeer

Abeer says:

My research is focused on identification of some forensically important blow flies from Egypt using partial sequencing of the mitochondrial COI gene to increase the knowledge and data from this little studied fauna and to improve the genetic resources available for discrimination between Calliphorids and hence determination of their population structure. Also, in order to improve the accuracy of the minimum post mortem interval estimation (PMImin) ; my research will focus on detecting the changes of some genes while flies age using (cDNA-AFLP) profiling technique to generate quantitative gene expression level data for Phormia regina and (MS-AFLP) to investigate the degree of DNA methylation along the adult fly’s life cycle.

 

Gone but not forgotten:

Smolar

Kevin Smolar - MSFS (2012-14) - Environmentally conditioned forensic samples

Carter

Megan Carter, MSFS (2010-2012) - Evaluation of FTA Paper methods

FauldsKelsie Faulds (BSc Forensic Science & Research Assistant Extraordinaire)

Biro

Kelly Biro 2013-14 Blow fly population genetics

 

Reed

Whitney Reed 2013-14 Blow fly population genetics