Signature Science’s Center for Advanced Genomics joins the Center for Advanced Research in Forensic Science as an industrial member

The Center for Advanced Research in Forensic Science (CARFS) welcomes Signature Science LLC’s Center for Advanced Genomics as an industrial member.

In partnership with the Institute for Forensic Research, Training and Innovation (IFRTI) at Sam Houston State University — a CARFS academic site —  the Center for Advanced Genomics will guide leading-edge forensic science research.

CARFS is part of FIU’s Global Forensic and Justice Center and is jointly supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Justice. Its mission is to tackle emerging forensic science problems by bringing forensic science leaders in state-of-the-art laboratories and industrial partners together to develop collaborative solutions.

The Center for Advanced Genomics will focus their resources on the evaluation of DNA extraction methods from bone and hair samples to identify laboratory methods to extract enough DNA material such that advanced genotyping methods such as massively parallel and whole genome sequencing can be used. Bone and hair samples, in many cases using traditional extraction methods, do not yield enough DNA to allow for the use of these advanced methods.

As an industrial member, the Center for Advanced Genomics, will serve on the Industrial Advisory Board which guides the research projects conducted at CARFS academic sites. The center operates an accredited DNA forensics casework laboratory in Austin, TX and a genomics research and development facility in Charlottesville VA.

“At the Center, we have seen that the best outcomes result from collaboration, whether from our internal multidisciplinary teams or in concert with leading academic forensic science programs such as Sam Houston State’s,” said Elayna Ciuzio, Forensic Operations Manager for the Center for Advanced Genomics. “The opportunity to contribute to and learn from the CARFS research teams is why we’re excited to join this partnership.”

IFRTI was established at Sam Houston State University in 2014 to advance academic-industrial partnerships and promote interdisciplinary research.

“Our commitment to industrially relevant research that improves the standard and practice of forensic science has been long-standing”, said Sarah Kerrigan, director of the IFRTI. “This most recent collaboration, and the opportunity to participate in CARFS is very exciting.”

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