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Peter M. Vallone (Fed)

Leader, Applied Genetics Group

Peter M. Vallone received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1999.  Afterward, he was awarded an NRC postdoctoral fellowship that brought him to the Biotechnology Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  Over the last 20 years at NIST Dr. Vallone has developed multiplex PCR assays for the detection of genetic variation, developed methods for the rapid amplification of STR loci, and has been involved in the characterization of nucleic acid-based reference materials. 

As the leader of the Applied Genetics Group at NIST since 2013, Dr. Vallone works with a team of researchers producing DNA reference materials, assessing emerging techniques such as next-generation sequencing and digital PCR.  The group efforts provide research and training that supports the forensic DNA community.  Dr. Vallone has published over 75 peer-reviewed articles in the areas of DNA thermodynamics and human identity testing.


2020  United States of America Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Federal Service (For developing a suite of human genome metrology tools via a NIST-led consortium to make it possible to decipher life's code with unprecedented rigor.)

2020 NIST -  MML Accolade Award (For the rapid development of nucleic acid-based measurement methods and standards, including RGTM 10169: SARS-CoV-2 Synthetic RNA Fragments, to support detection and characterization of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in a cross-division and -OU multidisciplinary, teamwork effort.)

2014  United States of America Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award for Meritorious Achievement in the Federal Service (For the development of rapid forensic DNA typing techniques that enable state of the art human identity testing and DNA biometrics.)

2009 International Society of Forensic Genetics, Best Poster Prize Award

2008  United States of America Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Federal Service

1999 NRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship National Institute of Standards and Technology


Cautionary Note on Contamination of Reagents Used for Molecular Detection of SARS-CoV-2

Peter Vallone, James Huggett, Vladimir Benes, Jeremy Garson, Kathryn Harris, Mikael Kubista, Timothy McHugh, Jacob Moran-Gilad, Tania Nolan, Michael Pfaffl, Marc Salit, Greg Shipley, Jo Vandesompele
Reverse transcription (RT)-PCR, the principal diagnostic method applied in the world-wide struggle against COVID-19, is capable of detecting a single molecule

Sequence-based U.S. population data for 7 X STR loci

Lisa Borsuk, Carolyn R. Steffen, Kevin M. Kiesler, Peter Vallone, Katherine Gettings
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) U.S. population sample set of unrelated individuals was used to determine allele and haplotype
Created May 31, 2018, Updated June 15, 2021