Catherine M. Grgicak, PhD

Assistant Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology

Catherine Grgicak
(617) 638-1968
72 E. Concord St Housman (R)


Expertise includes:

Interpretation of complex, low-level DNA signal;
Applications of Laser Microdissection in Forensic DNA Analysis;
Evaluation of Degraded DNA and its effect on forensic DNA mixture interpretation;
Electrochemical Biosensors – Immobilization of DNA on Gold;
Determining the Number of Contributors to complex, low-level DNA signal

Other Positions

  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences


  • University of Ottawa, PhD
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, MS
  • University Windsor, BS


  • Published on 10/24/2017

    Alfonse LE, Garrett AD, Lun DS, Duffy KR, Grgicak CM. A large-scale dataset of single and mixed-source short tandem repeat profiles to inform human identification strategies: PROVEDIt. Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2018 Jan; 32:62-70. PMID: 29091906.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 9/8/2017

    Peters KC, Swaminathan H, Sheehan J, Duffy KR, Lun DS, Grgicak CM. Production of high-fidelity electropherograms results in improved and consistent DNA interpretation: Standardizing the forensic validation process. Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2017 Nov; 31:160-170. PMID: 28950155.

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  • Published on 1/17/2017

    Duffy KR, Gurram N, Peters KC, Wellner G, Grgicak CM. Exploring STR signal in the single- and multicopy number regimes: Deductions from an in silico model of the entire DNA laboratory process. Electrophoresis. 2017 03; 38(6):855-868. PMID: 27981603.

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  • Published on 12/1/2016

    Alfonse LE, Tejada G, Swaminathan H, Lun DS, Grgicak CM. Inferring the Number of Contributors to Complex DNA Mixtures Using Three Methods: Exploring the Limits of Low-Template DNA Interpretation. J Forensic Sci. 2017 Mar; 62(2):308-316. PMID: 27907229.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 2/23/2016

    Swaminathan H, Garg A, Grgicak CM, Medard M, Lun DS. CEESIt: A computational tool for the interpretation of STR mixtures. Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2016 May; 22:149-60. PMID: 26946255.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 8/17/2015

    Rowan KE, Wellner GA, Grgicak CM. Exploring the Impacts of Ordinary Laboratory Alterations During Forensic DNA Processing on Peak Height Variation, Thresholds, and Probability of Dropout. J Forensic Sci. 2016 Jan; 61(1):177-85. PMID: 26280243.

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  • Published on 7/8/2015

    Mönich UJ, Duffy K, Médard M, Cadambe V, Alfonse LE, Grgicak C. Probabilistic characterisation of baseline noise in STR profiles. Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2015 Nov; 19:107-22. PMID: 26218981.

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  • Published on 11/15/2014

    Swaminathan H, Grgicak CM, Medard M, Lun DS. NOCIt: a computational method to infer the number of contributors to DNA samples analyzed by STR genotyping. Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2015 May; 16:172-80. PMID: 25625964.

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  • Published on 10/10/2013

    Oechsle CS, Haddad S, Sgueglia JB, Grgicak CM. Screening biological stains with qPCR versus lateral flow immunochromatographic test strips: a quantitative comparison using analytical figures of merit. J Forensic Sci. 2014 Jan; 59(1):199-207. PMID: 24117798.

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  • Published on 5/31/2013

    Wogan ME, Webster-Hoffmeyer KS, Grgicak CM. Corrosion behaviour of four handguns in aqueous environments: corrosion product characterization and effects on estimating the time since deposition. Sci Justice. 2013 Sep; 53(3):363-70. PMID: 23937948.

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