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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




Beth Ordeman, Subcommittee Chair, Pinellas County Forensic Laboratory

Brian Higgins, Subcommittee Vice Chair, Defense Forensic Science Center (including USACIL)

Kristin Schelling, Subcommittee Executive Secretary, Michigan State Police


Brian Adams, Bode Technology

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

Lynne Burley, Santa Clara County Crime Laboratory

Amber Carr, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Jerrilyn Conway, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Phillip Danielson, University of Denver

Jennifer Friedman, Federal Defender Central District of California (Legal Task Group member)

Simone Gittelson, District of Columbia Department of Forensic Sciences (Statistics Task Group member)

Susan Greenspoon, Virginia Department of Forensic Science

Kristine Kadash, Jefferson County Regional Crime Laboratory

Tim Kalafut, Sam Houston State University

Marla Kaplan, Oregon State Police

Jarrah Kennedy, Kansas City Police Department

Melissa Kotkin, Verogen

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

Christopher Piwonka, Texas Department of Public Safety

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

Christie Smith, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Janel Smith, Phoenix Police Department

Melissa Suddeth, Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Susan Walsh, Indiana University-Purdue University Indiana

Brian Young, Niche Vision Forensics

Erika Ziemak, Houston Forensic Science Center

Human Forensic Biology Subcommittee Affiliates


Published by a Standards Developing Organization (SDO)

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-0028, Standards for Use of Serological Testing Methods Associated with Forensic Investigations.
  • 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
  • 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 DNA Extraction Methods.
  • Best Practice Recommendations for the Internal Validation of DNA Extraction Methods.
  • 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

Created August 28, 2020, Updated May 5, 2022