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Area of Expertise

Forensic genetics traditionally has been dedicated to analysis of human DNA markers for identity purposes to support criminal and civil investigations. However, with the demands of stakeholders and advances in technologies and bioinformatics, there is a substantial expansion of the applications of forensic genetics (or, better yet, forensic genomics). In addition to identification of humans associated with crime, or missing persons due to mass disasters or other crimes, other areas of application include molecular autopsy and microbial forensics.
Our research group has an advanced forensic genomics program using cutting edge genomics and technologies to effectively bolster current forensic and biosecurity capabilities. Some areas of interest are: computational genomics and bioinformatics; mixture interpretation; development of genetic diagnostics and detection capabilities; identification of novel genetic markers for human identification; population genetics studies; human microbiome studies for identification purposes; molecular autopsy (i.e. pharmacogenetics); and molecular mechanisms for DNA repair. These research efforts support the government in achieving its missions of law enforcement, combatting terrorism, providing biosafety, and preserving national biosecurity, all for a healthier and safer society.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Genetics, Virginia Tech

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Projects 2009 2020

Research Output 1981 2019

A genome-wide association study of tramadol metabolism from post-mortem samples

Wendt, F. R., Rahikainen, A. L., King, J. L., Sajantila, A. & Budowle, B., 1 Jan 2019, In : Pharmacogenomics Journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Genome-Wide Association Study

A novel phylogenetic approach for de novo discovery of putative nuclear mitochondrial (pNumt) haplotypes

Smart, U., Budowle, B., Ambers, A., Soares Moura-Neto, R., Silva, R. & Woerner, A. E., 1 Nov 2019, In : Forensic Science International: Genetics. 43, 102146.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mitochondrial Genome
Forensic Genetics

A pathway-driven predictive model of tramadol pharmacogenetics

Wendt, F. R., Novroski, N. M. M., Rahikainen, A. L., Sajantila, A. & Budowle, B., 1 Jul 2019, In : European Journal of Human Genetics. 27, 7, p. 1143-1156 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Assessment of impact of DNA extraction methods on analysis of human remain samples on massively parallel sequencing success

Zeng, X., Elwick, K., Mayes, C., Takahashi, M., King, J. L., Gangitano, D., Budowle, B. & Hughes-Stamm, S., 14 Jan 2019, In : International journal of legal medicine. 133, 1, p. 51-58 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

High-Throughput Nucleotide Sequencing
Bone and Bones
Single Nucleotide Polymorphism

Compound stutter in D2S1338 and D12S391

Woerner, A. E., King, J. L. & Budowle, B., 1 Mar 2019, In : Forensic Science International: Genetics. 39, p. 50-56 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Linear Models
High-Throughput Nucleotide Sequencing