Upcoming CLE Opportunities


All Things DNA and 2022 Annual Membership Meeting

Friday, June 3, 2022
UNM Continuing Education Building
1634 University Boulevard
Albuquerque, NM 87131
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Live Webcast via Zoom Webinar

Schedule

9:00 am – 10:00 am               
Your First DNA Case – Introduction to DNA
Dr. Dan Krane, Professor of Biological Science, Wright State University                                     

10:05 am – 11:05 am             
Understanding Contamination, and Why It Matters for DNA Results
Janine Arvizu, Chemist and Quality Control Auditor

11:10 am – 11:20 am             
Break

11:20 am – 12:20 pm             
Observer Effects and Confirmation Bias in DNA Profiling
Dr. Dan Krane, Professor of Biological Science, Wright State University                                     

12:20 pm – 1:20 pm              
Lunch & Annual Meeting     

1:20 pm – 2:20 pm                
Single Source and Mixed DNA Profile Statistics
Dr. Dan Krane, Professor of Biological Science, Wright State University

2:25 pm – 3:25pm                 
Probabilistic Genotyping – The Dawn Of A New Era in DNA Profiling
Dr. Dan Krane, Professor of Biological Science, Wright State University

3:30 pm- 4:00 pm                  
Probabilistic Genotyping Software – How Confident Are You That The Software Is Doing What You Think It’s Doing?
Nathan Adams, Systems Engineer, Forensic Bioinformatic Services              

4:05pm – 4:35 pm                 
United States v. Gissantaner, 417 F. Supp. 3d 857 (W. D. Mich. 2019) and Q &A
All Presenters 

About the Speakers

Dr. Dan Krane, Professor of Biological Sciences, Wright State University
Professor Krane graduated with a Bachelor’s degree for a double major in Biology and Chemistry from John Carroll University in 1985 and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Penn State University in 1990. From there he did post-doctoral research at Washington University and Harvard before accepting a faculty appointment at Wright State University in 1993.

Along with Professor Michael Raymer, he is co-author of one of the first primarily undergraduate textbooks in bioinformatics. Since 1991 he has also testified as an expert witness in more than 110 criminal trials in which DNA evidence has been presented.

His research interests are primarily in the areas of molecular evolution and the way that gene frequencies change over the course of time in populations of organisms. His research group has recently developed a technique that allows quick and precise measurement of the amount of genetic diversity that a population harbors at a molecular level. Since high levels of genetic diversity better allow groups of organisms to respond to stresses they encounter in their environments it is also an excellent measure of the population’s vigor and productivity. Environmental insults such as pollution can significantly diminish a naturally occurring population’s genetic diversity however and this methodology is now being used to more closely examine the true impact of such events.

Janine Arvizu is a chemist and Certified Quality Auditor.
She established and managed an analytical laboratory for the Department of Energy, managed US Navy’s nationwide laboratory audit program, and has audited dozens of government and commercial laboratories. She conducts quality assessments of forensic results, helps lawyers understand laboratory analyses, provides training in laboratory quality, and has testified in state, federal, and international courts.

Nathan Adams, Systems Engineer, Forensic Bioinformatic Services
Nathan Adams works as a Systems Engineer for Forensic Bioinformatic Services in Dayton, Ohio, where he consults on forensic DNA cases. He specializes in mixture interpretation methods, including probabilistic genotyping software, from both casework and software engineering perspectives. He coordinates with interdisciplinary experts for simulations, data analysis, and reviews of probabilistic genotyping software in both research contexts and in casework, testifying in state and federal court in the US and internationally. Nathan has a BS in Computer Science from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.