Episode 116 | Just USACIL and Direct-to-DNALauren Mangum
In episode seven of the DNA season, Just Science interviews Molly Hall, an examiner for the United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, about their transition to a Direct-to-DNA approach to processing sexual assault kits.
The United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory acts as the true crime lab for the entire Department of Defense and serves all branches of the military. With roughly 2,000 sexual assault kits being submitted per year, they needed to find a way to efficiently process these kits without being bogged down by screening or an influx in submissions. Listen along as Molly Hall discusses Sexual Assault Kit processing and why their lab made the switch to a Direct-to-DNA approach in this episode of Just Science.
This episode of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].
Molly Hall has fourteen years of experience as an examiner for the United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory. In 2004, she was hired as a Latent Print Examiner and worked strictly latent print cases for ten years. She then transitioned to the DNA Branch, completed training as a Forensic Biologist, and is now working both latent print and DNA analyses in forensic casework. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science and obtained her Master of Science degree in Forensic Science from the University of Florida. Molly has provided training in the latent print discipline during numerous conferences and to schools, law enforcement agencies, and Department of Defense agencies around the world. She is an IAI Certified Latent Print and Footwear Examiner and is currently serving as the chairperson for the DNA/Forensic Biology subcommittee of the IAI.