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Michael Marciano

Michael Marciano

Research Assistant Professor and Associate Director of FNSSI Research
FNSSI, Forensic Science

1-014 Center for Science and Technology

    Research and Teaching Interests

    Ph.D. in Structural Biology, Biochemistry and Biophysics, Syracuse University
    M.S. Forensic Molecular Biology, University at Albany

    My research focus is at the intersection of genetic identity, DNA based forensic science and issues pertaining to national security. I leverage molecular biology and bioinformatics to address applied scientific questions relating to (1) DNA based geolocation - the exploitation of biologicals to aid in tagging, tracking locating targets of interest  and (2) laboratory and computational approaches to DNA mixture interpretation. Current teaching includes FSC 440/640 Forensic DNA Analysis, which focuses on current practices, innovative applied research and “hands- on” use of analysis software and FSC440/640 Forensic Analysis of Biological Fluids, which is a laboratory based class focused on the identification and classification of biological material.

    Professional Background

    My background as a practicing forensic scientist at the Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences has provided a foundation in field based applications of forensic techniques that bridge the gap between practitioners and the research community. In this time, I was recognized as an expert in DNA analysis in both federal and local courts. I later joined the SRC Inc. Bioforensics group in pursuit of new challenges in applied research and development relating to national security and global threats. I engage both the intelligence and law enforcement communities through our innovative biological solutions to complex problem sets.  As the principal investigator of the bioforensics laboratory within the Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute, I look forward to interacting with faculty, staff and students through collaborations, research and classroom environments.