This free webinar will provide an overview of what Genealogy is and how it’s used in the forensic context to solve cold cases. It will also offer insight into the implications of Verogen now owning GEDmatch and how that relates to privacy concerns and beyond. It will also discuss what happens to the data on GEDmatch and details around what data is used to make the matches.
The webinar will also provide real-world insights regarding the impact of genetic genealogy from the complementary viewpoints of forensic scientists and law enforcement.
Attendees will hear from Andreas Tillmer, PhD, a scientist whose academic interests include Forensic Science, Clinical Pharmacology and Oncology in the Department of Medical and Health Sciences (IMH), at Linköping University in Sweden. His recent work helped provide investigative leads using whole exome sequencing on DNA extracted from bone samples. Genetic profiles from those bone samples were entered into the GEDmatch database in order to identify the remains of an unknown male (“the Ekeby man”) that was found murdered in the south of Sweden in 2003.
In addition, attendees will also hear from Karra Porter, an attorney in Utah who co-founded the Utah Cold Case Coalition (UCCC) a non-profit group that helped lead the development of a statewide centralized cold case database, as well as the first non-profit forensic laboratory in the United States. The UCCC has spearheaded efforts in Utah and bordering states to increase awareness around the impact of uploading profiles to databases to aid in the management of cold cases. Her unique insights around the impact of broader access to forensic genealogy will also be shared.
Cydne Holt, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Verogen
After earning her PhD from Baylor College of Medicine, Cydne worked as a Criminalist at the Santa Clara District Attorney Criminalistics Laboratory, and then was part of the original R&D team at Applied Biosystems that developed the first PCR amplification kits for forensic/human identification applications using capillary electrophoresis instrumentation. She later became the DNA Technical Leader and Forensic Science Division Director for the City and County of San Francisco where she worked for 10 years before joining Illumina to lead their forensic genomics business. She currently serves as the Chief Scientific Officer at Verogen, where she is focused on advancing massively parallel sequencing and other powerful tools to improve public safety and global justice.Message Presenter
Andreas Tillmer, Associate Professor and Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Forensic Genetics, at the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Linköping University, Sweden
Andreas Tillmar, PhD, works as a forensic geneticist at the Nation Board of Forensic Medicine, Sweden (80%) and as a senior lecturer and associated professor of forensic genetics at Linköping University, Sweden (20%). He is well experienced from working over 15 years in the field. During these years he has, as a reporting officer, signed more than 10,000 reports on DNA-based paternity, kinship and missing person investigations. His current tasks include technical leadership mixed with R&D. His research is focused on various topics of forensic genetics such as applying new genetic polymorphisms for complex kinship testing, population genetics, applied biostatistics and most recently forensic DNA genealogy. He is the main, senior or co-author of more than 40 peer-reviewed articles. He is the chairman of the English Speaking Working Group (ESWG) of the International Society for Forensic Genetics (ISFG).Message Presenter
Karra Porter, Esq., Attorney, Christensen and Jensen
Karra Porter is an award-winning litigator and appellate attorney in Utah, acting as President or Director for Christensen and Jensen in Salt Lake City for the last 20 years. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she was a journalist in Kansas. Karra has unique insight into different dimensions of cold case investigations and how genetic genealogy is starting to impact cold case investigations from the law enforcement viewpoint. She helped co-found the Utah Cold Case Coalition (UCCC), a non-profit group that helped lead the development of a statewide centralized cold case database.Message Presenter
Who Should Attend?
This webinar is for professionals who are involved in:
- Government forensic lab
- Commercial/private testing forensic lab
- Academic who does research in related disciplines (forensic science, DNA sequencing)
- Law Enforcement professional
- Legal professional
What You Will Learn
- Overview of genetic genealogy and how it can be used to solve cold cases
- Real-world views from those who use forensic genetic genealogy to solve cold cases from that of a practicing forensic scientist and an attorney representing dimensions of the law enforcement community
- Preview of a fit-for-purpose forensic genetic genealogy solution to generate more investigative leads and human identification
Verogen serves those who pursue the truth using genetic tools. Powered by Illumina’s gold standard sequencing technology and working in partnership with forensic laboratories, we are advancing next generation sequencing to help unlock the true potential of genetic identification