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Professor

University of Central Oklahoma
bcassidy@uco.edu (405) 974-6923 Forensic Science Institute FSI , Box 203

Experience

Current Position

Associate Professor, Forensic Science Institute and Biology

University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK

Education

Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa - B.S. - Biology, 1980

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas - Ph.D. - Pharmacology, 1987

Certifications

FBI Quality Assurance Standards Auditor Training                              2016-

CAP Proficiency Testing Program                                                            1998-2019

CTS Proficiency Testing Program                                                             2002-2019

Wildlife Forensic Mammals Proficiency Test                                          2012-

American Association of Blood Banks (Accredited)                              2005-

ANAB ISO17025 Accredited                                                                      2010-

 Cert. Lab. Director – New York State Department of Health,              2011-

Listed Expert Witness, Thomson Reuters                                                            2012

Professional Experience

  • DNA Solutions Forensic Technical Leader 2016-2018
  • Laboratory Director for Human Relationship Testing, 2007-2018
  • Director of Operations, DNA Solutions, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1999-2018
  • President, CEO, Chief Science Officer of Ardmore Biological Analysis, Inc., 1998-1999
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor  - Department of Plant Pathology, Oklahoma   State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 1995-1998
  • Assistant Staff Scientist, Plant Biology Division, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc. Ardmore, Oklahoma, 1992-1997
  • Postdoctoral Fellow - The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc., Ardmore, Oklahoma, Plant Biology Division, 1989-1992
  • Postdoctoral Fellow  - Department of Agronomy and Range Science, University of California, Davis, California, 1987-1989
  • Research Technician II - Department of Pharmacology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, 1980-1982

Professional and Community Involvement

Professional Organization Memberships

American Association for the Advancement of Science                       1983-

Biology/DNA Scientific Area Committee’s (SAC’s) member                 2015-

    Wildlife Forensics Subcommittee within the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC)

Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators                  2000-

American Association of Blood Banks                                                 2007-

  • AABB Relationship Testing Accreditation
  • Program Unit (RTAPU) Member, 2016-

American Medical Forensic Specialists, Inc. Listed                             2007-

Society for Wildlife Forensic Science                                                  2010-

  • Director of Communications                                                     2012-

International Society for Animal Genetics                                           1998-2015

The Wildlife Society                                                                             2005-2013

University of Central Oklahoma, Advisory Board Member                  2006-2013

  • Forensic Science Curriculum

Moore/Norman Technology Center, Biotechnology Advisory

  • Board Member                                                                          2006-

Oklahoma City Community College, Bioinformatics Advisory

  • Board Member                                                                         2007-2008
  • Southwestern Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods       1998-2000
  • Human Identification Trade Association                                   1997-2000

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Invited Talks

“Validation of BulletProof probabilistic genotyping software for the interpretation of complex DNA mixtures” Association of DNA Analysts and Administrators, Houston, TX, August 3, 2018.

“A Different Kind of Casework: When It Has Antlers” 70th Annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences scientific meeting, February 22, 2018, Seattle, WA.

“Forensic Biology Under the Microscope” 70th Annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences scientific meeting, February 23, 2018, Seattle, WA.

“What happens to evidence when it goes for DNA testing?” International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts, September 25, 2017, Redondo Beach, CA.

“Developing a Specialized Workflow Using the Quantiplex HYres Kit to Assess Human Remain Samples” 5th Qiagen International Investigator Forum, June 14-16, 2016 Miami, FL.

 “Developing a Specialized Workflow to Assess Human Remains Samples” Association of DNA Analysts and Administrators, Dallas, TX, July 14, 2016.

“The Power of PowerPlex Fusion and Y23 Systems” Promega Technology Tour, Austin, TX, July 13, 2016.

“Research, Recovery, Identification, and Repatriation: The Lost Graves of Tarawa; DNA Testing Procedures and Summary” American Society of Forensic Odontology, 46th Annual Scientific Session, Las Vegas Nevada, February 23, 2016

“The Power of PowerPlex Fusion and Y23 Systems” Promega Technology Tour, Oklahoma City, OK September 24, 2015.

“Forensics on the Wild Side” Association of DNA Analysts and Administrators, Dallas, TX, July 30, 2015.

“Unique Identification of Hippotragus species using Next Generation Sequencing”, Society for Wildlife Forensic Science Meeting Missoula, MT June 25, 2015.

“Animal Forensics, The Silent Witness” Keynote Speaker at the 2014 Foshan DNA Forensic Science Forum, Foshan, China May 2014.

“Got DNA?” Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association Annual Convention, Orlando, FL April 11, 2013.

“The Chemistry of Life: The Answer is in Your DNA” American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science, Integris Baptist Hospital, Oklahoma City, OK April 13, 2012.

“Decoding your DNA” The Forensic Science Institute, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK, April 3, 2012.

“Animals Gone Wild” Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators, Austin, Texas February 3, 2012.

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