Speakers - Human Identification Solutions Conference, Madrid 2015
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Prof. Dr. Bruce Budowle
Professor, Executive Director of Institute of Applied Genetics
Dr. Bruce Budowle received a Ph.D. in Genetics in 1979 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. From 1979-1982, Dr. Budowle was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Working under a National Cancer Institute fellowship, he carried out research predominately on genetic risk factors for such diseases as insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, melanoma and acute lymphocytic leukemia. In 1983, Dr. Budowle joined the research unit at... Learn more >
Dr. Christopher Phillips
Full-time researcher in the Forensic Genetics Unit, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Christopher Phillips has been in forensic science since 1979, starting at The Metlab then moving to Barts Hospital, where he helped develop DNA analysis, then in its infancy. Since 2001, he has been a full-time researcher in the Forensic Genetics Unit, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. His research has focused primarily on SNP analysis; development of novel forensic markers, including new STRs, SNPs and Indels... Learn more >
Prof. Jack Ballantyne, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Chemistry. Associate Director (Research)
Jack Ballantyne is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and an Associate Director of the National Center for Forensic Science in Florida.
He is the Chair of the New York State DNA Sub-committee, a regular visiting guest at the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM) and a member of the DoD Quality Assurance Oversight Committee. His research interests... Learn more >
Prof. Dr. Lutz Roewer
Institute of Legal Medicine, Forensic Genetics Department, Charité-University of Medicine, Berlin, Germany.
Lutz Roewer studied biochemistry at the University of Leipzig (Germany) and received his Ph.D. degree for molecular biology at the Humboldt-University Berlin (Germany) in 1991. Dr. Roewer is presently associate professor for forensic genetics at the Institute of Legal Medicine, Humboldt-University Berlin (Germany) and director of the Department of Forensic Genetics. He worked as guest researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatrics in... Learn more >
Prof. Dr. Manfred Kayser
Head of Department of Forensic Molecular Biology, Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam
Manfred Kayser studied Biology and received his Diploma magna cum laude from the University of Leipzig in 1994. He obtained his Ph.D. in Biology (Genetics) summa cum laude from Humboldt-University Berlin in 1998. In his doctoral work he investigated Y-chromosome polymorphisms and their applications in forensics and anthropology. Part of this work led to the introduction of Y-chromosomal DNA-analysis in forensic practice for which he received the Konrad-Händel Research Award... Learn more >
Prof. Niels Morling, MD DMSc
Director of the Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Science, University of Copenhagen
Niels Morling is professor of forensic genetics and director and chairman of the Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His main research areas are new DNA methods such as next generation sequencing and SNP typing in forensic genetics, population genetics, genetics of physical traits, molecular pathology in forensic medicine and forensic statistics. Niels Morling is past president... Learn more >
Prof. Dr. Christine Keyser
University of Strasbourg, France
Christine Keyser is a Professor at the University of Strasbourg (France). She works as a forensic DNA expert for the French Ministry of Justice. She has both teaching and research duties, mainly in the fields of population genetics, forensic genetics, and molecular anthropology. Her research area covers many aspects of ancient DNA work such as the study of the kinship relations within a necropolis, the phenotypic traits and bio-geographic ancestry of ancient individuals, the migration patterns as well as the disease of past... Learn more >
Dr. Antonio Alonso
National Institute of Toxicology and Forensic Sciences, Madrid, Spain
Antonio Alonso is the Facultative (DNA expert) at the Biology Service of the National Institute of Toxicology and Forensic Science in Madrid (Spain) since 1984 and Secretary of the Spanish Commission for the forensic use of DNA since 2008.
He is an active member of the following scientific societies: International Society for Forensic genetics (ISFG), European Network of Forensic Science Institutes... Learn more >
Prof. Dr. Peter M. Schneider
University of Cologne, Germany
Peter M. Schneider is a full professor at the Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Cologne, Germany, where he is head of the Division of Forensic Molecular Genetics. He is responsible for the education of students in medicine, biology, and law, and, at the same time, for carrying out routine DNA typing of criminal evidence material, identification cases, as well as relationship testing.
Professor Schneider has studied biology at the University of Bonn, has spent 1 ½ years as visiting research fellow at... Learn more >
Prof. Walther Parson, Ph.D.
Institute of Legal Medicine, Austria
Walther Parson holds an associate professorship at the Institute of Legal Medicine, Innsbruck, Austria. As well as setting up the National DNA Database Lab and currently overseeing research in forensic molecular biology and the high through-put DNA database lab in Innsbruck, he has received several international scientific prizes and serves on various international boards. Prof. Parson has authored... Learn more >
Dr. Thomas Parsons
International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), Bosnia and Herzegovina
In early 2006, Thomas J. Parsons joined the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina as Director of Forensic Sciences. At the ICMP he supervises ~70 forensic science staff in a multidisciplinary approach to identification of the missing through forensic archaeology, anthropology... Learn more >
Dr. SallyAnn Harbison
Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR), Auckland, New Zealand
Dr SallyAnn Harbison is the Senior Science Leader and the DNA Technical Leader of the Forensic Biology Group of ESR at Mt Albert and actively engaged in forensic casework, appearing in court on numerous occasions. Since October 2012 she has also been a member of the ESR Science Strategy team... Learn more >
Dr. Catherine Hitchcock
NSW Forensic & Analytical Science Service, NSW Health Pathology, Australia
Dr Catherine Hitchcock completed her Ph.D. in molecular biology at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. For the past 6 years Catherine has been a key scientist in the Forensic DNA laboratory at the NSW Forensic & Analytical Science Service (FASS), a network of NSW Health Pathology. As the Robotics Project Team Leader, Catherine developed... Learn more >
Mr. Tim Schellberg
President of the Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs firm
Tim Schellberg is President of the Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs firm. The firm has offices in Washington DC, and Seattle/Tacoma in Washington State. Mr. Schellberg manages the daily operations of the firm and provides consultancy services primarily in the Washington DC and International divisions of the firm... Learn more >
Prof. Angela Gallop
CEO Axiom International; Professor at the Centre for Forensic Science at Northumbria University
Angela Gallop has been a practising forensic scientist for the past 40 years. Originally a senior scientist with the Home Office Forensic Science Service, in 1986 she established the independent consultancy, Forensic Access, primarily to advise lawyers representing people accused of crime involving forensic evidence... Learn more >
Forensic Services (SPA), Glasgow, Scotland
Fiona Douglas has worked in Forensic Science in the United Kingdom since 1998 in a variety of scientific and leadership roles. Specialising in DNA analysis Fiona initially stated working for the Forensic Science Service in the Huntingdon Laboratory within the DNA intelligence unit supporting enhancements in DNA profiling for nearly ten years. In 2007... Learn more >
Prof. Dr. Cindy Harper
Director of the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, Faculty of Veterinary Science of the University of Pretoria, South Africa
Cindy Harper is the Director of the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at the Faculty of Veterinary Science of the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She qualified as a veterinarian in 1993 and joined the laboratory in 2000 assisting with the transition from blood typing technology to DNA technology. The laboratory is responsible... Learn more >
Runa Daniel, Ph.D.
Office of the Chief Forensic Scientist Victoria Police Forensic Services Department Melbourne, Australia
Dr. Runa Daniel completed her Ph.D. from the University of Technology Sydney in the development of DNA based ancestry informative intelligence tools. Since 2008, she had been employed as a research scientist in the Forensic Services Department at Victoria Police. Her primary research focus is.... Learn more >