DNA profiling is subject of two-day expert forum at Wright State

As an accepted forensic tool for determining guilt or innocence, using DNA evidence to exonerate defendants has found its way into headlines and pop culture. From the witness stands at the O.J. Simpson and Unabomber trials to CSI and Court TV, DNA experts have come out from behind their microscopes and into the public's eye.

Nearly a dozen of the country's leading DNA experts will meet Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2930, at Wright State University for "The Statistics of DNA Profiling," an expert forum co-sponsored by Forensic Bioinformatics Services.

Topics to be discussed include: random match probability, declarations of identity, implications of flawed databases, paternity indices, factoring in error/examiner bias and the significance of cold hits. Presenters include:

  • Dan Krane, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, Department of Biological Sciences at Wright State University, and founder and CEO of Forensic Bioinformatic Services.

  • Michael Raymer, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Wright State University and bioinformatics expert.

  • William Shields, Ph.D., professor of biology, State University of New York, Syracuse, has testified as an expert on DNA typing in more than 200 criminal trials including the Unabomber and the ongoing Green River, Wash., serial murder trial.

  • Ron Ostrowski, Ph.D., associate professor of genetics, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and president of Professional Consulting Services, has run a sickle cell anemia blood testing lab and consulted in hundreds of cases including the World Trade Center bombing trial.

  • Sandy Zabel, Ph.D., professor of mathematics and statistics, Northwestern University, participated in the first blue ribbon panel called by the National Research Council to discuss DNA testing in 1993.

  • Dr. Larry Mueller, Ph.D., professor of ecology & evolutionary biology, Department

Contact: Carrie Rowland
Wright State University

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