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DNA analysis lecture to be held at Ohio University Wednesday 

ATHENS, Ohio (April 5,  2010) – Co-founder and senior systems engineer for Forensic Bioinformatic Services, Inc., will give a public lecture on DNA forensic analysis and interpretation on Wed., April 7 at 2 p.m. in Stocker Center 103.

Michael L. Raymer, associate professor of computer science and engineering at Wright State University, will discuss “Real World CSI: The Science and Non-Science of Forensic DNA Analysis and Interpretation.”

The lecture will present an overview of the science of forensic DNA analysis, a description of difficulties that can occur in DNA typing and examples of how difficulty can be compounded when mixtures of DNA from several sources are analyzed. Raymer will also discuss the use of computational, statistical, and combinatorial techniques to reduce the error and to provide an objective basis for interpretation of DNA evidence.

 At Wright State, Raymer is a faculty member of the Biomedical Sciences Program and also serves as principal coordinator for the undergraduate program in bioinformatics, one of the nation’s first programs of its kind to be funded by the National Science Foundation.

Raymer is co-author of the first undergraduate textbook in bioinformatics, “Fundamental Concepts of Bioinformatics”, and his research has been cited more than 650 times including a citation by Justice Samuel Alito in a ruling of the United States Supreme Court related to the use of DNA evidence in the courtroom.

Raymer holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Colorado State University. He obtained an M.S. and Ph.D. Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Michigan State University and has worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a research assistant and technical staff member.

The lecture is part of the Bioinformatics Distinguished Lecture Series, which is sponsored by the International Society for Computational Biology Student Council's Regional Student Group-Ohio; the Russ College of Engineering and Technology's School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Biomedical Engineering program, Center for Scientific Computing and Immersive Technologies, and Bioinformatics Laboratory; the College of Arts and Sciences’ Molecular and Cellular Biology program and Department of Biological Sciences; the College of Osteopathic Medicine's Department of Biomedical Sciences; the Ohio University Genomics Facility; the Edison Biotechnology Institute; and Diagnostic Hybrids, Inc.

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