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Biological Methods Subcommittee

Members of the OSAC Biological Methods Subcommittee
Members of the OSAC Biological Methods Subcommittee (July 2019)

The Biological Methods Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to molecular and biochemical methods used to analyze evidence and reference items.

Officers | Members | OSAC Registry Approved Documents | Documents in Process | Research & Development Needs | Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents | Presentations

Officers

Kristine Kadash, Subcommittee Chair, Jefferson County (Colorado) Regional Crime Laboratory

Susan A. Greenspoon, Ph.D., Subcommittee Vice Chair, Virginia Department of Forensic Science

Kristin Schelling, Subcommittee Executive Secretary

Members

Brian Adams, Bode Technology

Adrienne Borges, Bode Cellmark Forensics

Amber Carr, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation

Debra Glidewell, U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Forensic Science Center

Ann Gross, Minnesota BCA Forensic Science Laboratory

Bruce McCord, Ph.D., Florida International University

Stacy McDonald, Ph.D., Dallas County Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences

Amy McGuckian, Palm Beach County (Florida) Sheriff's Office

Robert Sean Oliver, U.S. Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory

Christopher Piwonka, Texas Department of Public Safety

Christie Smith, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Janel M. Smith, Phoenix Police Department

Melissa Suddeth, Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Steven Weitz, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Elisa Wurmbach, Ph.D., Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, New York City

Brian Young, NicheVision Forensics, LLC

OSAC Registry Approved Documents 

  • None currently.

Documents in Process

Under Development:

  • 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.
  • Document for Report Wording for Male Screening Results.
  • Best Practice Recommendations for Reporting and Results of Serological Examinations.
  • Best Practice Recommendations for Efficient Sexual Assault Kit Processing.
  • Standard for Training in Forensic Human Mitochondrial DNA Interpretation.
  • Training Standards for Sequencing: Massively Parallel Sequencing/Next Generation Sequencing.
  • Internal Validation Standard for Sequencing: Massively Parallel Sequencing/Next Generation Sequencing.
  • Standard for Familial DNA Searching.
  • Technical Report for a Sample Training Plan for Forensic DNA Laboratories.

Work Product Sent to SDO:

SDO Published: 

Entered OSAC Registry Approval Process:

  • None currently.

Research & Development Needs

Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents

  • None currently.

Presentations

  • None currently.

In general, the development of standards and guidelines is transitioning from the Scientific Working Groups (SWGs) to the OSAC. Some SWGs will continue to operate to provide other resources within their discipline. The existing SWG documents will remain in effect until updated documents are disseminated by the OSAC or the SWG. SWGDAM will retain the responsibility for updating the FBI DNA Quality Assurance Standards.

– Forensic Science Standards Board: March 2015

Created June 27, 2014, Updated December 10, 2019