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Forensic DNA Evidence Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Forensic DNA Evidence, DNA, Forensic Science, Serology, Forensic DNA, DNA Evidence, Body Fluid Identification, Forensic Biology, DNA Laboratory Testing, DNA Testing, DNA Analysis, PM+DQA1 Testing, D1S80 Testing, STR Testing, Criminalist, Controlled Substance Chemical Analysis, Clandestine Drug Manufacture Controlled Substance, Clandestine Drug Laboratory Crime Scene, Blood Screening test, Semen Screening Test, Biological Stain Preservation, Sexual Assault Evidence, Enzyme Immunoassay, HIV Antibody Detection, Controlled Substance Analysis, Controlled Substance Manufacture, Biochemistry, DNA Extraction, Mitochondrial DNA Analysis, Mitochondrial DNA Forensic Analysis, Linear Array System, Linear Array, Human Identification,

Expert Witness No. 3165

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Founder and Chief Consultant
A Private Company
Corona, CA
October 2009 to Present

Member-Board of Directors
Human Identification Technologies, Inc.
Redlands, CA
January 2005 to Present

Vice President/Laboratory Director/DNA Technical Leader/Quality Assurance
Officer

Human Identification Technologies, Inc. Redlands, CA
January 2005 to October 2009

Co-founded California’s first ASCLD/LAB-International accredited forensic DNA laboratory. Involved in refining concept, authoring business plan, designing facility, and corporate structuring. Conducted initial internal validation studies and was primary author of documentation required for accreditation.

Duties included: managing technical operations, recruiting and supervising technical staff, maintaining management system documents, coordinating quality audits, performing forensic biology (DNA) testing and consultation casework, performing technical and administrative reviews, and providing expert witness testimony.

Consultant
County of Los Angeles, Department of Coroner
Los Angeles, CA
April 2009 to June 2009
Developed a project plan to add DNA testing services

Developed a project plan to add DNA testing services

Criminalist II
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Scientific Investigations Division
San Bernardino, CA
December 1998 to January 2005

-DNA Technical Leader March 2004 to January 2005
-Performed body fluid identification
-Performed DNA testing
-Expertise included PM+DQA1, D1S80, and STR testing
-Trained new analysts
-Performed technical and administrative reviews of casework
-Prepared reports of analyses and provided courtroom testimony

Forensic Scientist I/II
Orange County Sheriff-Coroner’s Department
Santa Ana, CA
September 1997 to December 1998

-Performed chemical analyses on controlled substances and substances associated with clandestine drug manufacture
-Assisted in the processing of clandestine drug laboratory crime scenes
-Prepared reports of analyses and provided courtroom testimony

Criminalist I
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Scientific Investigations Division
San Bernardino, CA
April 1996 to September 1997

-Performed chemical analyses on controlled substances and substances associated with clandestine drug manufacture
-Assisted in the processing of clandestine drug laboratory crime scenes
-Prepared reports of analyses and provided courtroom testimony

Forensic Laboratory Technician Trainee
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Scientific Investigations Division
San Bernardino, CA March 1996 to April 1996

-Performed screening tests for blood and semen
-Preserved biological stains for later testing
-Processed sexual assault evidence
-Prepared reports of analyses

Laboratory Technician
Abbott Laboratories (via Manpower Technical) Abbott Park, IL
August 1995 to February 1996

-Performed enzyme immunoassay for the detection of HIV antibodies

COURTROOM TESTIMONY EXPERIENCE

DNA

Qualified as an expert in PM+DQA1, D1S80, and STR testing technologies

Superior Court, California Counties of: San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles, and Mariposa

U.S. District Court of California-Los Angeles

U.S. District Court of California-San Francisco (civil trial)

U.S. District Court of Arizona-Phoenix

U.S. District Court of Arizona-Tucson

OTHER

Qualified as an expert witness in the analysis of controlled substances and/or controlled substance manufacture.

Superior Court, California Counties of: San Bernardino and Orange

Municipal Court, California Counties of: San Bernardino, Orange, and Los Angeles

Federal Court: Syracuse, New York and Los Angeles, CA

FORMAL EDUCATION

Master of Science, Criminalistics
2003
California State University at Los Angeles

Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry
1995
University of Illinois at Chicago

AUDITOR TRAINING COMPLETED

ASCLD/LAB INSPECTOR TRAINING
ASCLD/LAB, held in Springfield, Oregon in conjunction with
Oregon State Police Laboratory
December 2004

FBI DNA QUALITY ASSURANCE AUDIT DOCUMENT FBI Academy, Quantico, VA
April 2004
CERTIFICATIONS

AMERICAN BOARD OF CRIMINALISTICS
Certificate of professional competency in criminalistics (molecular biology specialty) Fellow status -June 2001

AMERICAN BOARD OF CRIMINALISTICS
Certificate of professional competency in criminalistics (general) Diplomate status -December 1998

PRESENTATIONS AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS

Available upon request.

ABSTRACTS

Available upon request.

PUBLICATIONS

Available upon request.

SPECIALIZED TRAINING (DNA)

Presenting DNA Evidence in Court
Workshop at 20th Annual International Symposium on Human Identification
Las Vegas, NV
October 2009 -Approximately 4 hours

Discover Value in Mass Fatality DNA Identification Response Planning
– AABB Mass Fatality DNA Identification Operations Guidance Document Launch
Workshop at 20th Annual International Symposium on Human Identification
Las Vegas, NV
October 2009 -Approximately 4 hours

14th Annual National CODIS Conference
Arlington, VA
November 2008 -Approximately 12 hours

Advanced Topics in Forensic Statistics
Workshop at 17th Annual International Symposium on Human Identification
Nashville, TN
October 2006 -Approximately 7 hours

Advanced Topics in STR DNA Analysis
Workshop at American Academy of Forensic Sciences 58th Annual Meeting
Seattle, WA
February 2006 -Approximately 7 hours

Extraction of DNA from Aged Skeletal Remains and Forensic Mitochondrial DNA Sequence Analysis
Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory
October 2005 – Approximately 35 hours

Advanced 310 Genetic Analyzer and AmpFlSTR ® Training
Applied Biosystems
March 2002 -30 hours

Analysis of Short Tandem Repeats by Capillary Electrophoresis
Federal Bureau of Investigation
August 2001 -Approximately 34 hours

Mitochondrial DNA Testing Using Linear Arrays
Sandy Calloway, Roche Molecular Systems
April 2001 -Approximately 16 hours

DNA -Polymerase Chain Reaction: Short Tandem Repeat Analysis and Typing
California Criminalistics Institute
March 2001 -28 hours

Population Genetics
California State University, Los Angeles
Winter 2000 -four quarter units

Statistics in DNA Analysis California Criminalistics Institute October 1999 -16 hours

DNA -Polymerase Chain Reaction: DQA1 / Polymarker
California Criminalistics Institute
April 1999 -40 hours

Molecular Biology
University of California at Riverside
Winter 1997 -four quarter units

SPECIALIZED TRAINING (OTHER)

Accreditation of Forensic Science Laboratories Under ISO/IEC 17025: Addressing
Specific Requirements in the Accreditation Process
Workshop at American Academy of Forensic Sciences 58th Annual Meeting
Seattle, WA
February 2006 -Approximately 7 hours

Preparing a Forensic Science Laboratory for Accreditation Under ISO 17025
Workshop at American Academy of Forensic Sciences 57th Annual Meeting
New Orleans, LA
February 2005 -Approximately 7 hours

Mass Spectra Theory and Interpretation California Criminalistics Institute October 1998 -24 hours

Clandestine Laboratory Analysis and Synthesis
California Criminalistics Institute
September 1998 -40 hours

Methamphetamine: Synthesis, Pharmacology, Analysis and Toxicology Workshop
American Academy of Forensic Sciences
February 1998 -7 hours

Clandestine Laboratory Safety Certification
Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement
December 1997 -40 hours

Clandestine Laboratory Investigation Training Seminar
California Narcotic Officers Association
July 1997 -16 hours

Clandestine Laboratory Overview California Association of Criminalists May 1997 -8 hours

Basic Microscopy
California Criminalistics Institute
September 1996 -40 hours

Courtroom Presentation of Evidence
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
September 1996 -16 hours

Training Conference
Clandestine Laboratory Investigators Association
August 1996 -32 hours

OTHER

American Academy of Forensic Sciences 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting
Seattle, WA
February 2010 -Approximately 12 hours attendance of scientific paper and poster presentations

Invited representative of the science and technology communities
Regional Meeting on Science and the Law
Judicial Council of California
Science and the Law Steering Committee
October, 16, 2006 -Burbank, CA


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