Microbial Forensics

Microorganisms are ubiquitous and vigilant witnesses to our world. They live in every possible location, including the human body, and are constantly reacting to the changing environment. Advances in genomic tools, in part pioneered at JCVI, have allowed scientists to connect microbial communities at different times and places to persons and activities that previously came in contact with them. These connections can be used by scientists for a broad range of forensic applications that include, but are not limited to, geosourcing, tracking, and crime scene investigations.

Microbial Forensics

Microorganisms are ubiquitous and vigilant witnesses to our world. They live in every possible location, including the human body, and are constantly reacting to the changing environment. Advances in genomic tools, in part pioneered at JCVI, have allowed scientists to connect microbial communities at different times and places to persons and activities that previously came in contact with them. These connections can be used by scientists for a broad range of forensic applications that include, but are not limited to, geosourcing, tracking, and crime scene investigations.

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Key Staff

Christopher Dupont, PhD
Associate Professor
Keehwan Kwon, PhD
Assistant Professor
Lauren (Brinkac) Leone, MS
Staff Scientist
Karen E. Nelson, PhD
President; Professor, Genomic Medicine Group
Manolito G. Torralba
Laboratory Research and Development Manager
Sanjay Vashee, PhD
Associate Professor
Pratap Venepally, PhD
Sr. Bioinformatics Engineer
Yong Xue, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow