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Dr. Magdalena Buś received her Ph.D. from University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland. She currently serves as an 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.

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M.S., Agricultural University in Lubin

Ph.D., University of Life Sciences in Lublin

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  • Förster Resonance Energy Transfer-Enhanced Detection of Minute Amounts of DNA

    Ceresa, L., Chavez, J., Bus, M. M., Budowle, B., Kitchner, E., Kimball, J., Gryczynski, I. & Gryczynski, Z., 29 Mar 2022, In: Analytical Chemistry. 94, 12, p. 5062-5068 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • THE FORENSIC GENOMICS TOOLBOX IS EXPANDING

    Budowle, B., Bus, M. M., Dungan, L. & van Daal, A., Jan 2022, In: BioTechniques. 72, 1, p. 5-8 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
  • A novel approach for visualization and localization of small amounts of DNA on swabs to improve DNA collection and recovery process

    Kitchner, E., Chavez, J., Ceresa, L., Bus, M. M., Budowle, B. & Gryczynski, Z., 21 Feb 2021, In: Analyst. 146, 4, p. 1198-1206 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    3 Scopus citations
  • A novel approach to imaging and visualization of minute amounts of DNA in small volume samples

    Ceresa, L., Kitchner, E., Seung, M., Bus, M. M., Budowle, B., Chavez, J., Gryczynski, I. & Gryczynski, Z., 7 Nov 2021, In: Analyst. 146, 21, p. 6520-6527 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    1 Scopus citations
  • Author Correction: Population genomics of the Viking world (Nature, (2020), 585, 7825, (390-396), 10.1038/s41586-020-2688-8)

    Margaryan, A., Lawson, D. J., Sikora, M., Racimo, F., Rasmussen, S., Moltke, I., Cassidy, L. M., Jørsboe, E., Ingason, A., Pedersen, M. W., Korneliussen, T., Wilhelmson, H., Buś, M. M., de Barros Damgaard, P., Martiniano, R., Renaud, G., Bhérer, C., Moreno-Mayar, J. V., Fotakis, A. K., Allen, M., & 70 othersAllmäe, R., Molak, M., Cappellini, E., Scorrano, G., McColl, H., Buzhilova, A., Fox, A., Albrechtsen, A., Schütz, B., Skar, B., Arcini, C., Falys, C., Jonson, C. H., Błaszczyk, D., Pezhemsky, D., Turner-Walker, G., Gestsdóttir, H., Lundstrøm, I., Gustin, I., Mainland, I., Potekhina, I., Muntoni, I. M., Cheng, J., Stenderup, J., Ma, J., Gibson, J., Peets, J., Gustafsson, J., Iversen, K. H., Simpson, L., Strand, L., Loe, L., Sikora, M., Florek, M., Vretemark, M., Redknap, M., Bajka, M., Pushkina, T., Søvsø, M., Grigoreva, N., Christensen, T., Kastholm, O., Uldum, O., Favia, P., Holck, P., Sten, S., Arge, S. V., Ellingvåg, S., Moiseyev, V., Bogdanowicz, W., Magnusson, Y., Orlando, L., Pentz, P., Jessen, M. D., Pedersen, A., Collard, M., Bradley, D. G., Jørkov, M. L., Arneborg, J., Lynnerup, N., Price, N., Gilbert, M. T. P., Allentoft, M. E., Bill, J., Sindbæk, S. M., Hedeager, L., Kristiansen, K., Nielsen, R., Werge, T. & Willerslev, E., 25 Mar 2021, In: Nature. 591, 7851, p. E29

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    Open Access