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Becky Steffen (Fed)

Research Biologist

Ms. Becky Steffen received her Bachelor of Arts at The University of Virginia in Biology in 1998 and then received her Master of Science at George Mason University in Molecular Biology in 2005. She has worked for the Applied Genetics Group at NIST for 15+ years as a Research Biologist, mainly focusing on short tandem repeat (STR) multiplex development, the characterization of additional miniSTR loci, low template DNA analysis, concordance evaluations with new commercial STR kits and capillary electrophoresis (CE) instruments, next generation sequencing (NGS), and Standard Reference Material (SRM) development. 


US Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award: December 2021

Judson C. French Award: July 2021

US Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award: December 2012


Developmental Validation of the VersaPlex® 27PY System

Kristy Lenz, Stephen McDaniel, Dawn Rabbach, Becky Steffen, Douglas Storts, Robert McLaren
The VersaPlex™ 27PY System is a short tandem repeat (STR) multiplex from Promega that co-amplifies 27 loci. This six-dye multiplex was designed for casework

U.S. population data for 94 identity informative SNP loci

Kevin Kiesler, Lisa Borsuk, Becky Steffen, Peter Vallone, Katherine Gettings
The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology analyzed a set of 1036 samples representing four major U.S. population groups (African American, Asian
Created October 9, 2019, Updated December 8, 2022