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Erica Romsos (Fed)

Ms. Erica Romsos received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Valparaiso University in 2006 and received her Master of Forensic Science in Forensic Molecular Biology from George Washington University in 2008. Upon graduation from GWU, she worked for Fairfax Identity Laboratory in Richmond, VA, specializing in immigration and legal paternity cases as well as CODIS data-banking. Erica has been working as part of the Biometrics and Human Identity Group since August 2009, focusing on the following projects:

1. Extraction Efficiency of DNA from Buccal Swabs and Blood

2. Direct PCR Amplification testing and analysis

3. Optimization of qPCR Assays

4. Prototype testing of DNA Biometric devices
5. Digital PCR for characterization of the Human DNA Quantitation Standard (SRM 2372)

2014 Department of Commerce Silver Award for the development of rapid forensic DNA typing techniques which enabled the development of current state-of-the-art human identity testing kits.


Results of the 2018 Rapid DNA Maturity Assessment

Erica L. Romsos, Peter Vallone
Three commercially available integrated rapid DNA instruments were tested as a part of a rapid DNA maturity assessment in the July of 2018. The assessment was

2018 Rapid DNA Maturity Assessment Results

Erica L. Romsos, Peter Vallone
The Rapid DNA Act, which amends the DNA Identification Act of 1994, allows for the integration of rapid DNA instruments for use by law enforcement for DNA

Patents (2018-Present)


NIST Inventors
Anthony J. Kearsley , Paul Patrone , Erica Romsos and Peter M. Vallone
patent description Quantitative polymerase chain-reaction (qPCR) measurements are a mainstay diagnostic tool for early disease detection. This technique works by iterating or “cycling” a reaction that doubles the amount of a target DNA segment in a sample. With each cycle of PCR, a new copy of DNA
Created October 9, 2019, Updated December 8, 2022