Arthur J. Eisenberg, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman Dept of Molecular and Medical Genetics
Director of UNT Center for Human Identification
Phone: 817 735-0555
Dr. Eisenberg received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the State University of New York at Albany, USA in 1984. In 1984, he joined Actagen Corporation which later became Lifecodes Corporation and helped establish the first DNA Paternity and Forensic Laboratories in the world. Over the past 25 years, he has worked on the development of many of the systems and methodologies used in the field of DNA identification Testing. In November of 1989, he joined the faculty at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. In 2004 he was promoted to Full Professor and in 2009 named Chairman of the Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics. In 1995 he was appointed by the Director of the FBI to the United States DNA Advisory Board (DAB) and in 1998 was named Chairman of the Board. Through a 2001 Texas legislative directive, the UNTHSC DNA Identity Laboratory was tasked with the establishment of the Texas Missing Persons DNA Database (TMPDD). It was the first operational State Crime Laboratory in the country dedicated to the identification of human remains from victims of violent crimes. He is the Co-Director of this laboratory which has evolved into the UNT Center for Human Identification.
For the past several years, his lab has been funded by the National Institute of Justice, to perform DNA analysis on Unidentified Human Remains and the Family Reference Samples required for the identification of Missing Persons throughout the United States. Dr. Eisenberg has served on numerous other committees including those for the United States Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, the American Association of Blood Banks Parentage Testing Standards Committee, and the College of American Pathologists Histocompatability/Human Identity Testing Proficiency Committee. Following the events of 9?11, Dr. Eisenberg was asked to serve on the Kinship and Data Analysis Panel established by the National Institute of Justice to assist the New York Medical Examiners Office in the Identification of the remains from the World Trade Center Disaster. In 2005 he was appointed to the United States Department of Justice Missing Persons Task Force created by the Deputy Attorney General, the Governor of Virginia appointed him to their states Scientific Advisory Board, and the Texas Attorney General appointed him to the Texas Forensic Science Commission.
Melody Josserand, MS, CODIS Administrator
Melody received her bachelor of science in Biology from Texas Christian University and her master of science in Forensic Genetics from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Currently, she is the CODIS Administrator for the Missing Persons Unit within the Center for Human Identification, Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics.