With funding from the State of Texas and various Federal Government agencies, CHI supports forensic DNA testing, anthropological examinations, training, and various research and development initiatives.
Clearing Criminal Case Backlogs
CHI contributes to decreasing sexual assault and criminal casework backlogs within Texas.
Supporting Investigations to Identify the Missing
Our team has processed the majority of missing persons and family reference DNA profiles for the United States that reside within CODIS. CHI also provides anthropological examinations of skeletal remains to determine sex, ancestry, age, stature, possible signs of trauma, and if the remains are of forensic significance.
Our Expert Scientists
The forensic scientists at CHI are recognized subject matter experts often called upon to assist in various investigative needs, such as:
- Reducing laboratory backlogs for the State of Texas
- Casework interpretation
- Testimony support, and
- Development of databases to assist investigators nationwide and around the world.
Advancing Forensics Research
Our active research efforts support the service work at CHI and we collaborate with scientists from around the world. In the past decade, CHI has published more than 180 peer-reviewed publications related to forensic genetics in human identification, microbial forensics, and molecular autopsy. The mentored Masters and Doctoral students involved in the research continue active, successful careers.
Identifying Missing Persons with NamUs
Since 2011, CHI has managed the NamUs program for the US Department of Justice, which consists of a central online repository of information related to missing and unidentified person cases that serves law enforcement, medical examiners, coroners, and the general public.
Dr. Bruce Budowle | Executive Director
Dr. Bruce Budowle received a PhD in Genetics in 1979 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. From 1979-1982, Dr. Budowle was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Working under a National Cancer Institute fellowship, he carried out research predominately on genetic risk factors for diseases such as insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, melanoma, and acute lymphocytic leukemia.
From 1983-2009, Dr. Budowle worked at the FBI's Laboratory Division to carry out research, development, and validation of methods for forensic biological analyses.
Dr. Budowle has contributed to the fundamental sciences as they apply to forensic genetics/genomics in analytical development, population genetics, statistical interpretation of evidence, and in quality assurance. Dr. Budowle has worked on laying some of the foundations for the current statistical analyses in forensic genetics and defining the genetic parameters of relevant population groups. He has published more than 680 articles, made more than 800 presentations (many of which were as an invited speaker at national and international meetings), and testified in well over 300 criminal cases in the areas of molecular biology, population genetics, statistics, quality assurance, and forensic biology. In addition, he has authored or co-authored books on molecular biology techniques, electrophoresis, protein detection, forensic genetics, and microbial forensics.
Dr. Budowle has been directly involved in developing quality assurance (QA) standards for the forensic DNA field. He has been a chair and member of the Scientific Working Group on DNA Methods, Chair of the DNA Commission of the International Society of Forensic Genetics, and a member of the DNA Advisory Board. He was one of the original architects of the CODIS national DNA database, which maintains DNA profiles from convicted felons, from evidence in unsolved cases, and from missing persons. Dr. Budowle's efforts over the past two decades also have focused on counter-terrorism, specifically efforts involving microbial forensics and bioterrorism. Dr. Budowle was involved directly in the scientific aspects of the anthrax letters investigation. He was one of the architects of the field of microbial forensics. He has been the chair of the Scientific Working Group on Microbial Genetics and Forensics (hosted by the FBI), whose mission was to set QA guidelines, develop criteria for biologic and user databases, set criteria for a National Repository, and develop forensic genomic applications.
Currently, Dr. Budowle is the Executive Director of the Center for Human Identification and Professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Texas. His current efforts focus on the areas of human forensic identification, microbial forensics, and emerging infectious disease, with substantial emphasis in genomics and next generation sequencing. He is a Commissioner on the Texas Forensic Science Commission and a member or the Texas Governor's Sexual Assault Survivor's Task Force.
Dr. Michael Coble | Associate Director
Michael (Mike) Coble earned his PhD in Genetics from The George Washington University in 2004. After receiving his doctorate, Dr. Coble was a NRC Postdoctoral Fellow and, later, a Research Biologist in the Biotechnology Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He later moved on to The Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL), where he spent four years as the Research Section Chief. During his tenure at AFDIL, he assisted on numerous identifications, including the positive identification of two of the children of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra. Dr. Coble later returned to NIST as a Forensic Biologist, where he worked until 2018, when he accepted the Associate Director position at the Center for Human Identification.
Since arriving, Dr. Coble has been instrumental in furthering the training efforts to reduce human trafficking by assisting on a grant from the US State Department to train forensic scientists in Central America. He also is assisting the Texas Department of Public Safety Forensic DNA Laboratory to provide analysts with supplemental training in likelihood ratios and probabilistic genotyping. His current research focuses on issues associated with DNA mixture interpretation and probabilistic genotyping methods of interpretation using software analyses. Other areas of research include haploid marker systems for forensic testing (mitochondrial DNA and Y-chromosome testing), and non-traditional marker systems (e.g. X-chromosomal STRs, insertion-deletion markers, etc.) to increase genetic information from challenged samples.
Dr. Jianye Ge | Associate Director
Jianye Ge received his BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from Nankai University, China. He earned his PhD in Bioinformatics from the University of Cincinnati, and was employed as an Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. He then took a position with the Human Identification Division (HID) of Thermo Fisher Scientific as algorithm leader and, later, as Global Market Development Manager.
Dr. Ge has returned to the Health Science Center and is an Associate Director at the Center for Human Identification. His research relates primarily to computational analysis and interpretation of DNA forensic data. The software programs he has developed have been used by federal and state government agencies to assist in solving criminal cases. He is currently working on projects that apply the latest development in artificial intelligence and genomics technologies to solve challenging problems in forensic science.
- Center for Human Identification
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