Sexual assault is a serious public safety concern worldwide. The resulting caseload poses significant challenges for forensic laboratories. Automated processes can assist the effort to reduce backlogs, benefit a scientist’s workflow, and decrease variability in the quantity of recovered DNA among a group of laboratory scientists.
This webinar will provide an overview of an internal validation study and data attained at Marshall University Forensic Science Center. The validation focused on determining the utility of the QIAcube for automated differential separation for sexual assault samples, as compared to a manual method.
Joshua Stewart has been a professional in the field of forensic DNA analysis for ten years. He graduated from Marshall University with a M.S. in Forensic Sciences in 2003 and a B.S. in Physiology and Molecular Biology in 2001. As a working scientist, Josh has performed DNA testing and interpretation on over 1,000 cases and 10,000 CODIS samples. He is currently a forensic DNA Analyst and the DNA training officer at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center in Huntington, WV, where he also has the honor of instructing the DNA laboratory course in the forensic science graduate program of his alma mater.