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Human Forensic Biology Subcommittee

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The Human Forensic Biology Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to training, method development and validation, data analysis, interpretation, statistical analysis, reporting and testimony for human forensic serological and DNA testing.

Officers | Members | Standards | Other Work Products

 

 

Officers

Beth Ordeman, Subcommittee Chair, Pinellas County Forensic Laboratory

Vacant, Subcommittee Vice Chair

Vacant, Subcommittee Executive Secretary

Members

Brian Adams, Bode Technology

Jason Bundy, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (Quality Task Group representative)

Lynne Burley, Santa Clara County Crime Laboratory

Amber Carr, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Jerrilyn Conway, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Phillip Danielson, University of Denver

Susan Greenspoon, Virginia Department of Forensic Science

Rebecca Just, National Bioforensic Analysis Center (NBFAC), National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC)

Tim Kalafut, Sam Houston State University

Rebekah Kay, Utah Bureau of Forensic Science

Jarrah Kennedy, Kansas City Police Department

Eugene Lien, New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner

Michele Madrid, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Michael Marciano, Syracuse University

Stacy McDonald, Dallas County Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences

Andrew McWhorter, Texas Department of Public Safety

Shawn Montpetit, San Diego Police Department

Jennifer Naugle, State of Wisconsin Division DOJ of Forensic Sciences

Kate Philpott, VCU and Self-employed (Legal Task Group representative)

Christopher Piwonka, Texas Department of Public Safety

Kristin Schelling, Michigan State Police

Nadja Schreiber Compo, Florida International University (Human Factors Task Group representative)

Christie Smith, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Janel Smith, Phoenix Police Department

Susan Walsh, Indiana University-Purdue University Indiana

Diana Williams, Defense Forensic Science Center

Charlotte Word, Self-employed

Brian Young, Niche Vision Forensics

Erika Ziemak, Houston Forensic Science Center

Human Forensic Biology Subcommittee Affiliates

Standards

Published by a Standards Developing Organization (SDO) and on the OSAC Registry

Published by an SDO and Eligible for the OSAC Registry 

Sent to an SDO

Under Development

  • OSAC 2021-S-0003, Standard for Setting Analytical and Stochastic Thresholds for Application to Forensic Casework Using Electrophoretic Systems
  • OSAC 2021-S-0021, Forensic Autosomal STR DNA Statistical Analyses - General Protocol, Protocol Verification, and Case Record Requirements.
  • OSAC 2021-S-0029, Standards for Validation and Implementation of Familial Searching for Forensic Purposes
  • OSAC 2022-S-0024, Best Practice Recommendations for Evaluative Forensic DNA Testimony
  • OSAC 2022-S-0040, Standard for the Internal Validation of DNA Extraction Methods
  • OSAC 2022-S-0041, Best Practice Recommendations for the Internal Validation of DNA Extraction Methods.
  • Standard for Training in Forensic Sequencing Methods (Massively Parallel Sequencing (MPS)/Next Generation Sequencing (NGS).
  • Standard for Internal Validation of Genetic Analysis on NGS/MPS Platforms.
  • Standard for the Internal Validation of Human DNA Quantification.
  • Best Practice Recommendations for the Internal Validation of Human DNA Quantification.
  • Standard for the Internal Validation of Automated Platforms.
  • Best Practice Recommendations for the Internal Validation of Automated Platforms.
  • Best Practice Workflows for Efficient Sampling and Direct to DNA of Sexual Assault Kits.

Other Work Products

Process Maps

Reference Documents

Note: Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee do not necessarily represent the position of OSAC or NIST.

Research & Development Needs

Implementation Resources

  • The OSAC Human Forensic Biology Subcommittee has developed an assessment guide and worksheet laboratories can use to help evaluate whether they have met the requirements listed in section 4 of ANSI/ASB Standard 040, Standard for Forensic DNA Interpretation and Comparison Protocols, First Edition, 2019
  • In late 2021, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) entered into a cooperative agreement with NIST to develop tools, resources, and training to assist with standards implementation efforts. As part of this agreement, checklists will be developed that forensic science service providers can use to provide objective evidence of implementation or compliance with a standard, identify gaps or impediments to implementation, or track progress towards implementation. A checklist for ANSI/ASB Standard 040, Standard for Forensic DNA Interpretation and Comparison Protocols, First Edition, 2019 is under development and will also be available on AAFS's Standards Resources and Training webpage soon. 
Created August 28, 2020, Updated November 1, 2022