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Evaluating DNA evidence from minuscule, degraded and/or mixed crime stains

Publication date: Nov 19, 2010 11:02 AM

Start: Dec 14, 2011 10:30 AM
End: Dec 14, 2011 12:00 PM

Location: Tavistock Square, UCL

Speaker: Professor David Balding, UCL Genetics Institute
Audience: SECReT students

Professor Balding David is a Professor of Statistical Genetics at UCL and researches a wide range of mathematical and statistical problems in genetics – evolutionary, population and medical. He has also developed widely-adopted methods of analysis for the interpretation of forensic DNA profiles, summarized in his monograph Weight-of-Evidence for Forensic DNA Profiles (Wiley, 2005).

On occasions, he acts as an expert witness for cases involving complex DNA profile evidence, and he is a member of the Independent Advisory Group of the UK Forensic Science Service. Much of his statistical genetics work involves computer-intensive stochastic algorithms, and is usually within the Bayesian paradigm of statistical inference. 

Professor Balding’s seminar focused on his current research into the interpretation of DNA profile evidence.