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TEDxColumbus Talk Focuses on Disruptive Innovation in Forensics

Battelle Research Leader Richard Guerrieri was a featured speaker at the recent TEDx Columbus. His session focused on disruptive innovations in criminal investigations. Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) methods for DNA analysis are revolutionizing forensics and shedding new light on cases previously thought to be unsolvable. In his talk, Rich demonstrates innovative applications of these new technologies and explores their potential for disrupting cycles of crime.


His talk was part of the seventh annual TEDx Columbus, presented at the Capitol Theatre at the Riffe Center in Columbus, Ohio. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that build off the popular TED Talks. TEDx events feature short (15-18 minute) presentations on provocative topics designed to spark deep discussion and connection in a small-group forum. This year’s TEDxColumbus theme was Disruption.

About Richard

Richard Guerrieri received a M.S. in Forensic Chemistry from the University ofPittsburgh in 1980, and presently serves as the Research Leader with Battelle Memorial Institute’s Applied Genomics Program, directing forensic and biometric initiatives for the development and implementation of next-generation sequencing technology in support of the forensic DNA community.

Mr. Guerrieri’s career as a Forensic Scientist began in 1981 with the Commonwealth of Virginia, and expanded into forensic DNA analysis through his involvement in establishing Virginia’s forensic DNA analysis program in 1988. In 1992, as Assistant Director of Roche Biomedical Laboratories' Forensic Identity Program, Mr. Guerrieri was responsible for establishing a forensic DNA testing laboratory in the RTP NC facility, to include the validation and implementation of PCR-based DNA assays.

In 1995, Mr. Guerrieri became a member of the FBI Laboratory, and for the next 20 years he served in progressive capacities as a Forensic DNA Examiner, Chief of the Nuclear Casework and Federal DNA Database Units, as well as the FBI Laboratory’s Quality Manager and Chief of the Quality Assurance and Safety Unit.  Mr. Guerrieri is a former chair and member respectively of the FBI’s Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM) and the National DNA Index System Board (NDIS).  Mr. Guerrieri was also responsible for leading technology initiatives in the areas of process re-engineering and high through-put/robotic analysis to eliminate DNA backlogs, and was recognized through receipt of the FBI Director’s Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in 2011.

Across the past 34 years Mr. Guerrieri had the privilege to work on some of the most challenging investigations of national importance, reporting the analysis of several hundred cases, and providing expert witness testimony in over 250 criminal trials spanning 31 states and three U.S. Territories.