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Sandra Koch (Fed)

Physical Scientist/Forensic Foundations Studies

Sandra Koch is a Physical Scientist with the Special Programs Office-Forensic Science at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) working on Foundation Studies. Sandra has over 20 years working in forensic science, is certified in Hairs and Fibers by the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) and is the current chair of the OSAC Trace Materials subcommittee. She is a founding member and past President of the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners (ASTEE), a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and a member of the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS).

Prior to joining NIST, Sandra worked at McCrone Associates as a Senior Research Microscopist conducting investigation analysis of unknown particulates and was a Trace Evidence Examiner at the FBI Laboratory.

She has published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, Forensic Chemistry, American Journal of Human Biology, Journal of Structural Biology, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Microscope, Journal of the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners, and Forensic Science Communications

Created December 19, 2023, Updated January 24, 2024