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DNA expert to speak at URI Forensic Seminar Series

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I. – March 5, 2007 – David Fisher, a forensic scientist for the Department of Forensic Biology at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City, is scheduled to speak at the University of Rhode Island’s Forensic Science Seminar Series Friday, March 9.

Free and open to the public, the program runs from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Pastore Hall, 51 Lower College Road, Room 124.

Fisher, a DNA expert, will give an overview of the current state of forensic DNA typing in the United States. He will also discuss technology used in DNA forensics, the Innocence Project, legal issues, as well as preparation needed to become a forensic pathologist.

After the events of 9/11, Fisher assisted with the identifications of victims in the World Trade Centers, and his agency continues to identify recently recovered human remains from Ground Zero.

Fisher also worked in the Gulf region in 2005 to aid in the identification of victims from Hurricane Katrina as a member of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, which is part of the National Disaster Medical System.

In addition, Fisher has worked on hundreds of homicides and sexual assault cases and has testified in court as an expert witness on many occasions.

Fisher, a graduate of the University of California, San Diego with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry and cell biology, is a diplomat on the American Board of Criminalistics, a member of the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.