M.S. in Biomedical Forensic Sciences

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M.S. in Biomedical Forensic Sciences, a FEPAC accredited graduate program

This Forensic Sciences Program trains aspiring forensic scientists in a variety of disciplines applied to crime scene investigation and evidence analysis. Professionals trained in these disciplines are crucial to today’s comprehensive forensic investigations.

The mission of the BMFS Program is to teach and model scientific rigor with high professional and academic standards as applied to the various disciplines of the forensic sciences in an effort to generate confident, competent and ethical future practitioners.

Completing this degree will qualify graduates to work as forensic scientists, DNA analysts, chemists, death investigators and crime scene responders at the local, state and federal levels.  Based on 2014 data, 47% of graduates had attained employment in a forensic lab or law enforcement, 39% reported jobs in a biomedical or related field and 15% had enrolled in an advanced degree program.

Newly Developed Software Tools for Complex DNA Mixture Interpretation Are Now Available

The mixture interpretation tools are available from the BU DNA Mixture Training Website.  Sign into http://www.bu.edu/dnamixtures to download a copy.  Detailed technical manuals containing background information and instructions are available.  Tutorials using more than 500 Identifiler Plus profiles are also part of the NOCIt and CEESIt packages.

The applications are fully continuous methods to 1) determine the probability that a certain number of contributors gave rise to a DNA mixture stain and 2) compute the LR, LR distributions and p-values.  All known factors that interfere with DNA-STR signal, i.e., forward/reverse stutter, baseline noise, peak height variation and allele drop-out, are considered.

New! Boston University DNA Mixture Training Website  

With more than two thousand electronic .fsa profiles from single-source, two-, three-, and four-person mixed DNA samples and a series of lessons regarding DNA profile interpretation.