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Featured Expert: Jocelyn Bush: Forensic Genomics Researcher

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Battelle’s Jocelyn Bush is on the front lines of next-generation forensics. A Forensic Genomics Researcher on Battelle’s Applied Genomics team, Jocelyn is working to help forensic laboratories implement the latest DNA technologies.

Jocelyn has devoted her career to forensic science, with a particular focus on applications of next-generation sequencing (NGS) for forensic investigation. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology with a focus on microbiology and molecular biology from Portland State University, and a Masters of Science in Forensic Science from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to joining Battelle in January 2015, she spent several years working with the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL). She helped provide whole mitochondrial genome sequences to a worldwide mitochondrial genome database that now gives the research community access to high quality data for studies involving mitochondrial DNA. She also evaluated and optimized NGS methods for use in highly degraded DNA samples in order to identify the remains of soldiers from World War II and the Vietnam and Korean Wars. 

Jocelyn is now applying her expertise to evaluate NGS methods and technologies for use in forensic laboratories. She provides training and subject matter expertise to help laboratory personnel integrate NGS into their workflows and quality systems. As part of her work, she is supporting a Battelle-led National Institute of Justice (NIJ) study to evaluate different methods of NGS in academic, research, federal, state and local forensic labs across the country.