Dr. Grgicak Receives a 2012 NIJ Grant Aimed at Improving Complex DNA Mixture Interpretation
Dr. Grgicak and her collaborators at M.I.T. and Rutgers University have recently been awarded a grant from the National Institute of Justice to develop interpretation methods and software programs that will determine the usefulness of a particular DNA sample to a criminal investigation.
Unlike the grant received last year – which focuses on improving traditional interpretation schemes- this project aims to develop a new type of analysis method for DNA interpretation.
“We will begin by building the procedures and a software prototype for forensic DNA applications. If deemed useful, we can envision this analysis scheme expanding into the realms of forensic, analytical, physical and environmental chemistry. This technique would be useful to any laboratory, technician or analyst responsible for determining the presence of an analyte within a complex, noisy matrix/background.”
The project is projected to start in Jan 2013.