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Dr. Magdalena Buś received her Ph.D. from University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland. She currently serves as a Research Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. In her official capacity, she is also the Associate Director of the Center for Human Identification (CHI) Human Trafficking Program through a U.S. Department of State grant, which is sponsored by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. The primary purpose of the project is to address the human trafficking problem through forensics in Central America, with the current focus placed on Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. Dr. Magdalena Buś is also a part of the CHI team addressing domestic and local human trafficking issues in the state of Texas. She has substantial experience with analyses of limited quantity and severely degraded DNA acquired from human remains found at crime scenes, existing museum specimens, and samples recovered from historical excavation sites. Dr. Buś has developed and optimized sensitive techniques for low copy number DNA analyses using various technologies such as Sanger sequencing, Pyrosequencing, and Massively Parallel Sequencing. She has collaborated with the Swedish police and the Swedish National Forensic Centre to examine highly degraded crime scene samples using mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) during her work as a postdoctoral researcher at Uppsala University in Sweden. In addition, she has worked with DNA extracted from aged human skeletal remains found in mass-graves and ancient samples dating back to the Viking-age. She obtained her expertise in DNA analyses through her work in Poland and Sweden in addition to visiting forensic and ancient DNA laboratories in Austria, Germany, and Denmark.

Education/Academic qualification

M.S., Agricultural University in Lubin

Ph.D., University of Life Sciences in Lublin

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