October 26, 2017
8 am to 9 am EST

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Webinar Description:

The occurrence of drop-in and their peak height distributions are important for interpretation of complex DNA results. A practical approach for simultaneous characterization of reproducible artifacts and drop-in contamination from negative controls are presented. The alternative use of the DEPArray system as a source of single cells to infer the peak height distribution of drop-in events is demonstrated. Currently missing quality assurance standards, potentially produced by DEPArray™ technology, are discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the latest assays and technologies for genetic characterization of mixed biological samples
  • Compare and evaluate the advantages of the different approaches
  • Exceed state of the art in forensic mixed evidence analysis


Oskar Hansson, MSc

Research Group Leader, Section of Forensic Genetics

Oslo University Hospital

Oskar Hansson earned a Master of Science in Biology degree from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and is currently completing a Ph.D. at the University of Oslo. He is employed at Oslo University Hospital in the Section of Forensic Genetics where he is the research group leader. Oskar has a strong interest in programming and is the creator of the free and open source software “STR-validator”. He started his career at the Swedish forensic genetics laboratory in 2002 to 2008. From 2008 to 2011 Mr. Hansson was a Forensic Scientist at the Norwegian Institute of Legal Medicine. From 2011 to 2016 he was a Senior Forensic Scientist at the Department of Forensic Biology, Norwegian Institute of Public Health focusing on the EUROFORGEN network as well as his Ph.D. project.

Francesca Fontana, Dr

Biology R&D Manager

Menarini Silicon Biosystems

Francesca Fontana got a Degree in Biology and, after an internship at Institut Pasteur in Paris, she focused on genetics in oncology, prenatal diagnosis and human ID. Since 2007 she joined Menarini Silicon Biosystems, where, in her role as Biology R&D manager, she contributed to the development of all different applications of DEPArray™ technology and single cell analysis, in the area of cancer, non-invasive prenatal diagnosis and, more recently, forensic.