Learn from the experts and thought leaders in forensic science. The webinars below are designed to introduce you to new technologies and applications in STR analysis, rapid DNA, and NGS that are advancing forensic DNA analysis.

Traditional forensic DNA analysis webinars

Generating investigative leads with alternative database search approaches

Crime scene DNA samples are typically analyzed using an autosomal STR methodology and searched in local, state, or national databases using a direct approach, which has a hit rate of ~30–50%. But what about those samples that don’t generate leads using direct database comparisons? Learn about multiple alternative procedures that can effectively generative investigative leads from these samples.

DNA Hit of the Year: a look back at some of the most influential cases

The DNA Hit of the Year program is an international collaboration that is able to share, through real cases, the value of DNA databases on a global scale. During the first four years, the cases the judges selected as the DNA Hit of the Year truly opened our eyes to what is possible when the advancement of science is combined with the tenacity of DNA scientists and police officers. Hear about those four cases, along with other submissions, and what made them so unique.

Transforming the forensic DNA workflow: “In for a penny…in for a pound”

This webinar will detail the major updates made at the Washoe County Sheriff's Office Forensic Science Division. DNA Technical Leader Dave Jackson will describe these changes and discuss the improvement in services to the community that is expected to help solve crimes faster.

Advancements in analysis of human remains

Learn about new approaches for more efficient analysis of skeletal remains. Sheree Hughes from Sam Houston State University will present a comparison of different methods for DNA extraction from bone. Rachel Oefelein from DNA Labs International will share streamlined Rapid DNA protocols for analysis of human remains in time-sensitive investigations such as disaster victim identification.

Tips, tricks, and best practices for gaining efficiency in your forensic DNA laboratory

This webinar details how new sample triage assays and automated methods can help forensic DNA labs reduce backlog, improve turnaround times, and increase efficiency. David Miller from West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory discusses how the lab is a Y-screen assay to improve efficiency in sexual assault kit workflow. Gareth Stead from Thermo Fisher Scientific discusses how automated solutions address bottlenecks for each step in DNA processing.

Finding the right tool for the job: CE tools that improve efficiency and save time

Learn about CE analysis tools designed to minimize hands-on time and time spent on routine data review, enabling more complex sample analysis. Jaime Brachold from Thermo Fisher Scientific discusses how to streamline sample analysis by reducing pull-up artifacts. Robert O’Brien from NFSTC@FIU shares a comparison of the Applied Biosystems SeqStudio Genetic Analyzer and RapidHIT ID System for specific scenarios and sample types.

DNA hit of the Year: DNA database programs help solve more crime

The DNA Hit of the Year is a global program designed to recognize the value of DNA database technology to solve and prevent crime. Tim Schellberg, President of Gordon Thomas Honeywell Government Affairs (GTH-GA), will discuss the cases and results of the 4th annual DNA Hit of the Year program.

Interpreting Y-STR results in challenging casework

Dr. Lutz Roewer, Charité Berlin, Germany and Dr. Franz Neuhuber, Institute of Legal Medicine, Salzburg, Austria discuss which cases are most appropriate for Y-STR analysis, as well as how to interpret the results and present the data in a court proceeding.

Next-generation sequencing for forensic DNA analysis webinars

Breakthroughs in forensic DNA analysis using next-generation sequencing

The growing use of NGS in forensic genetic applications has resulted in the analysis of alternative markers that can complement CE-STR results for challenging samples (bones, mixtures, or degraded samples) to generate investigative leads. Two labs discuss their applications on how forensic analysis of haploid markers can shed light on historical events and how deconvolution of mixtures of two individuals may provide ancestry and phenotypic information.

Practical applications of mtDNA analysis in forensics using NGS

Dr. Walther Parson, Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria and Daniela Cuenca, M.S., California Department of Justice discuss how Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in forensics plays a pivotal role in the analysis of missing persons cases and remains from mass disaster and war, as well as in special casework such as the identification of The Romanov family. In criminal casework, mtDNA offers the chance of obtaining probative DNA results from hairs (with or without roots) deposited at crime scenes.

Accelerate your forensic DNA analyses with NGS automation

Targeted sequencing panels for mtDNA, STRs, ancestry and identity applications can serve as an adjunct to traditional CE-based STR analysis. Joe Chang, Thermo Fisher Scientific discusses how the Applied Biosystems Precision ID NGS System for human identification provides a seamless workflow for forensic laboratories. With just 15 minutes of hands-on time, the walk-away automation of the Ion Chef System provides forensic scientists with greater flexibility to process challenging forensic specimens.

Rapid DNA analysis webinars


Advancing criminal investigations: rapid DNA program considerations

Watch this webinar with forensic experts for a candid look at new ways to combat crime. Learn about the Philadelphia Police Department's vision of transparent policing through objective forensic science and how they are expanding their laboratory toolbox to drive actionable intelligence that exonerates the innocent, identifies subjects, and links patterns to solve and reduce crime.


Rapid DNA booking station—implementation considerations and best practices

In this webinar, learn how to successfully harness the power of Rapid DNA in the booking station from two experts with many years of experience implementing successful DNA databasing programs.

Rapid DNA: forging partnerships

Mark Smith from the Arizona Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory describes the success of Arizona Rapid DNA Law Enforcement Program, which as of June 2020 has generated over 170 investigative leads from over 530 cases.

Preparing for rapid DNA in the station: Step 1— validation

Rapid DNA frees up time so that forensic DNA analysts can focus on more complex cases and quickly provide actionable information to law enforcement partners. Mark Danus and Joe Chang of Thermo Fisher Scientific discuss developmental validation results and considerations for a forensic laboratory's performance evaluation of the Applied Biosystems RapidHIT ID System.

STRs and NGS: For Research Forensic or Paternity Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.
Rapid DNA: For Forensics, Human Identification or Paternity/Kinship Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.