Parabon NanoLabs to Hold Lecture at 102nd IAI International Forensic Educational Conference

“Applications of DNA Phenotyping to Criminal Investigations” will be led by Parabon NanoLabs CEO Dr. Steven Armentrout and Forensic Artist Capt. Thom Shaw (Ret.) on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 from 8 to 9 a.m.

Reston, Va. (Aug. 2017) – Parabon NanoLabs, a vertically integrated DNA technology company that develops next-gen forensic and therapeutic products, will be leading a lecture at the 102nd IAI International Forensic Educational Conference, held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, 6-12 August 2017. The lecture, “Applications of DNA Phenotyping to Criminal Investigations” (ART 027) will be led by Parabon’s CEO, Dr. Steven Armentrout, and the company’s lead forensic artist, Capt. Thom Shaw (Ret.), on Tuesday 8 August 2017 at 8 a.m.

The presenters will describe Snapshot, the company’s DNA phenotyping system, a revolutionary new forensics capability that accurately predicts ancestry and physical appearance from DNA evidence.  The presentation will feature ways in which DNA phenotyping complements traditional forensic art.  It will also include many example predictions from casework and blind evaluations.

Armentrout has nearly 30 years of experience designing high-performance computing solutions to solve large-scale problems in a wide range of domains, from proteomics and climate modeling to nanotechnology design and bioinformatics. He initiated the Snapshot development effort at Parabon in 2011 with funding from the U.S. Department of Defense and led the commercialization of the service to law enforcement, which debuted in 2015.

Shaw, a retired law enforcement captain and former detective, is an IAI certified Forensic Artist and Snapshot Case Manager at Parabon. He has broad knowledge and experience in forensic art, criminal investigations, law enforcement management and operations. He holds a BA in Psychology from James Madison University, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has taken extensive professional development training in the areas of forensic art, criminal investigations and law enforcement administration.

The International Association for Identification is a professional membership organization comprised of individuals worldwide who work in the field of forensic identification. With over 7,300 members from 77 countries, the IAI remains the oldest and largest forensic science/identification association worldwide.

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