Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $2,059,622)
The GBI Division of Forensic Sciences is responsible for conducting DNA analysis for cases submitted by all state and local law enforcement in the State of Georgia. The major problem faced by the laboratory is insufficient state funding to support a staffing level necessary to address new casework analysis requests within 30 days of case submission.
The goal of this project is to maintain current casework analysis staffing levels within the Forensic Biology discipline. This award will be used to fund salary and benefits for additional casework analysts and technicians. Scientists and technicians have been hired, and training is currently underway. These positions are expected to be retained through grant funding unless a state funded position in Forensic Biology becomes available.
At the time of this application, there are 20 scientists and 7 technicians supported by prior year awards. All grant funded personnel will transition onto this award when prior year funding has been exhausted. The number of grant funded personnel could vary throughout the course of the award if grant funded personnel are able to transition into a state funded position or resign.
The expected outcome of this project is the completion of at least 2600 cases by grant funded analysts.
A second activity on this grant will be the funding of registration for up to 4 analysts to attend the 2016 Promega International Symposium on Human Identification.
- Transfer, Persistence and DNA Source Attribution of Trace Biological Material in Digital Penetration Assault Cases
- Detection and identification of hair dyes directly at a crime scene by surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS)
- Illuminating the Dark: Molecular Networking as a Novel Psychoactive Substance Identification Strategy