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Daniele S. Podini Faculty Member

Dr. Daniele Podini received his BS in Biology and MS in Molecular Biology from the University of Parma and his graduate degree from the University “La Sapienza” in Rome Italy. He served as the Second in Command of the Biology Section of the Scientific Department of the Carabinieri (Italian military Armed Force that implements law enforcement both on the Italian territory and abroad). He then founded and directed the Forensic Section of the “Genoma Laboratory” and was also the Technical leader of the Genetic Diagnostic Section. His skills range from personnel management to performing single cell PCR in Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis cases for single gene disorders, and from prenatal and postnatal diagnosis to designing and setting-up molecular diagnostic kits (among which Y Chromosome Microdeletion kit, Myotonic Dystrophy, Fraglie-X, QF-PCR Aneuploidie testing kit for Chromosomes X,Y,21,18 and 13, and several others). At the Genoma laboratory he also initiated and coordinated the analytical component of a project for family reunification of Somalians living in Italy in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM - Rome division). He also consulted with laboratories in Istanbul, Turkey, Reggio Calabria, Italy, and Tirana, Albania to aid in the establishment of Molecular Genetic Sections, by providing logistical and technological support and personnel training. Dr Podini has extensive experience in the forensic field and has direct experience in screening evidence from sexual assault cases. His forensic experience ranges from processing crime scenes for biological specimens to processing evidence in the laboratory, and from DNA profiling to testifying in court as an expert witness. Since 2004 Dr. Podini is now Associate Professor of Forensic Molecular Biology and Biological Sciences in the Department of Forensic Sciences. Dr Podini is conducting research both in the Forensic and in the human genetics field developing new strategies to increase the efficiency and significance of the information that can be obtained with the most recent molecular biology techniques. More recently he has collaborated with the International Criminal Investigation Training Assistance Program providing mtDNA and familial testing expertise to the Algerian Gendarmerie Nationale. Dr Podini's group is currently working on several projects including, but not limited to, the identification of spermatozoa from sexual assault evidence, ancestry and phenotype prediction, mixture deconvolution, touch DNA, typing nuclear DNA from hair shaft, and microhaplotypes (new type of forensic DNA marker).

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