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Expert in Molecular Genetics; DNA fingerprinting; Species Identification; Genetic Mutation Detection

Expert ID: 728619 United Kingdom

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Expert. Expert has a doctorate in veterinary medicine but moved on to work in a university-based genetics department (since 1990), where she modified and applied human DNA typing systems (DNA fingerprinting, Single-locus profiling, mitochondrial DNA typing) to study genetic variability / inbreeding, to identify genetic relationships between individuals, and to determine the species origin of biological samples in domestic and wild animal species.
Since 2001, her work focuses on the detection of ultra-rare single-nucleotide mutations that occur spontaneously in human sperm DNA.


Upon request by a Governmental Institute, the Society for the Protection of Birds, a Police Agency: DNA fingerprinting analysis of various birds of prey to determine genetic relationships.Upon request by a Leather Clothing Company: Mitochondrial DNA analysis to determine animal species of origin of historical (WWII) pilot jackets.Upon request of external Research Institutes: DNA fingerprinting analysis for twin zygosity testing in humans to determine whether pairs of twins are identical or not; DNA fingerprinting to investigate whether the sheep Dolly was indeed a genuine clone.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1989 Degree: Dr. med. vet. (DVM) Subject: Veterinary Medicine Institution: University of Zurich, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1990 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Research Associate Department: Genetics Responsibilities:
Years: 1989 to 1989 Employer: University of Zurich Title: Post-doctoral Assistant Department: Veterinary Medicine & Pharmacology and Biochemistry Responsibilities:
Years: 1985 to 1989 Employer: University of Zurich Title: Doctoral Student Department: Veterinay Medicine & Pharmacology and Biochemistry Responsibilities:

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1998 to 2005 Agency: DEFRA, United Kingdom Role: Consulting Expert Description: She performed forensic DNA investigations in endangered birds of prey.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1993 to 1993 Country / Region: Switzerland Summary: Upon request by a Zoo: DNA analysis to determine the pedigree structure for future breeding programs of the entire captive population of the highly endangered Waldrapp Ibis.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert investigation (DNA analysis) and report writing in forensic casework in birds of prey
Training / Seminars
Advanced Professional Training in Investigative Practice: BTEC Award in Statement Writing and Giving Evidence, October 2005.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
German German (and Swiss German ) are her native languages.
English English is her second main language (daily life and work) since her move to England in 1990.
French She learned French in secondary and high school for 8 years, and currently uses it only when occasions arise (such as communicating with colleagues/visitors from France).
Spanish She learned Spanish (and Italian) in high school for 3 (1) years, and currently uses it only when occasions arise (such as communicating with colleagues/visitors from Italy, Spain and Mexico).

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