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Scientific Committee

Scientific Committee

Dr. Abdul Rauf Chaudhary Bashir, M.Sc, M.Phil, AIBMS, Managing Editor of the Arab Journal of Forensic Science & Forensic Medicine and Forensic Scientist at the College of Forensic Sciences, Naif Arab University for Security Sciences

Abdul Rauf Chaudhary

After doing my Masters in Biological Sciences and then Philosophy in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (1981) from the Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad (Pakistan), I Moved to Bahrain and joined Forensic Biology department of the Ministry of Interior’s Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL). That was my first exposure to forensic science. In those days, counter-current immunoelectrophoresis (CCIEP), RBC surface antigens/ immunoglobulin grouping, and red cell enzyme/serum protein polymorphism were the main toles of human identification and individualization. During my 4-years stay in Bahrain, with the help and guidance of MPFSL and Home Office Central Research Establishment (UK) laboratory manuals (UK), I established, practiced and then trained the junior forensic biology staff in immunological and biochemical grouping of body fluids.  

In 1985, I moved to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and joined the College of Medicine Research Centre (CMRC), King Saud University (Riyadh) as a Research Scientist in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Being attached to the department of medicine, I participated in several research projects. At the same time, I taught several laboratory courses in forensic serology and DNA analysis at the Forensic Science Laboratories, Naif Arab University of Security Sciences (NAUSS) as an adjunct faculty.

In 2005, I joined the department of Forensic Biology, College of Forensic Sciences CFS), Naif Arab University of Security Sciences, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I am a full-time faculty member of the CFS and engaged in teaching Forensic Molecular Biology, Forensic Genetics, Forensic Statistics, and Crime Scene Documentation. I am also the Managing Editor of the Arab Journal of Forensic Science and Forensic Medicine (AJFSFM), an active member of the Arab Society of Forensic Science and Forensic Medicine (ASFSFM) and International Society of Forensic Genetics (ISFG). I have published several papers in Forensic DNA analysis, Nephrology and infectious diseases. My research interests include human identification and body fluid forensics.

Dr. Annappa Nagarathna , LL.M, PGD IR & PM,Ph.D.,  Associate Professor & Coordinator of Advanced Centre on Research, Development & Training in Cyber Law and Forensics, National Law School of India University


She secured First Rank in both BA.L, (Bangalore University, 1997) and LL.B., (Bangalore University, 1999) and is awarded with 5 Gold Medals in LL.B. She has completed her Ph.D., in “Medical Negligence” from Gulbarga University, 2012.

She has qualified UGC-NET for Lectureship and was awarded UGC-Junior Research Fellowship, in 2002. She taught for over 5 years from 2001 to 2006 at K.L.E. Society’s Law College, Bangalore and joined NLSIU in November 2006 and is currently working at NLSIU as the Associate Professor of Law.

Her subjects of interest include Criminal Laws, Cyber Laws & Cyber Forensics and Medical Laws. She has undertaken training on “Cyber forensic” including on hard disk analysis, mobile forensics, network forensics and live forensic from CDAC, Trivandrum in 2015 and 2016.

Currently she is the Co-ordinator of:

- Advanced Centre on Research, Development & Training in Cyber Law and Forensics and is heading the Centre’s Cyber Forensic Lab at NLSIU. As the Coordinator of the Center, she has designed and conducted various training programmes on cyber laws and cyber forensics, conducted various awareness programmes to the stakeholders of cyber laws and cyber security, undertaken policy based research works, etc. She has also coordinated a training programme for the officers of Srilankan Advocate General’s Office;
- Advanced Certified Course on Criminal laws to the Officers of CBI. As a part of the project she designed and conducted the “Advanced Certified Course on Cyber Crimes, Cyber Laws & Cyber Forensics” conducted for 196 officers of the CBI from February 2016 to March 2017. As the coordinator of this course, she has designed, developed and conducted the 10 days residential course on Cyber Crimes, Cyber Laws and Cyber Forensic to the officers of CBI;
- Consultation Project on “Corruption Laws” funded by CBI;
- Post Graduate Diploma in Cyber Law and Cyber Forensics [PGD-CLCF], NLSIU.

She was selected for the “International Visitor Leadership Program [IVLP]” on "Linking Digital Policy to Cybercrime Law Enforcement”, US Consulate Office [Monday, February 06, 2017 - Friday, February 24, 2017], by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' (ECA), U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. As a part of the program she visited various officers of the State as well as private organizations and interacted with stakeholders working in the field of cyber laws and cyber security from the States of Washington DC., Boston - MA, Dallas – Texas and Denver – Colorado.

She was a fellow at the ASLI [Asian Law Institute], National University of Singapore Visiting - Research Fellowship Award, 2012. She visited Sorbonne University, Paris on 15 and 16 of December, 2016 for the 2 day Euro-Indian Research Seminar conducted by the Institut de Recherche Juridique de la, Sorbonne and presented a research paper on ““Cyber Laws of India with emphasis on Data Protection.”

She has delivered lecture on ‘Terrorism and India - Legal Framework and Human Rights concern" in the series of guest lectures on India Reader Course, School of Social Work, Loyola University, Chicago, US [2008].

She has contributed to the State’s policies and practices as a member of:

- Member, Interoperable Criminal Justice System [ICJS] Review Meetings, Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi, since 2016.
- Member, Expert Panel set to draft BIS’s National Standard on Data Privacy, since 2016
- Member, Faculty of Law, Bangalore University, since 2015.
- Expert Panel constituted by Ministry of Women and Child Welfare, State Government, Karnataka, to prepare the State’s Rules and Guidelines under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and
- Working Group cum Expert Panel, constituted by United Nation’s South Asian Regional Office, on “Anti-Corruption - Legislation, Policy and Practices Review”, 2012.

She has the experience of working with various external committees and institutions including as:

- Member, Interoperable Criminal Justice System [ICJS] Review Meetings, Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi, 2016 & 2017.
- Member, Faculty of Law, Bangalore University, since 2015.
- Member, Research Admission Committee, CMR University, January 2014 and 2015.
- Member, Academic Review Committee, Central University of Tamil Nadu [CUTN] in January 2013;
- Member, Board of Studies, Karnataka State Open University, Mysore from 2012 to 2015;
- Review Committee, Masters in Hospital Administration Syllabus, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Science, Karnataka [2010-11];
- Board of Studies, Dr. Ambedkar Institution of Technology, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences and
- Board of Studies, School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore, since 2013 to 2016.

She has edited 4 books on Cyber laws and has authored chapters on Cyber Crime laws. She has published books, several articles and contributed chapters to various international and national books. Her research projects, “Patient’s Rights under Consumer Law” [2010] and “Terrorism Laws of India” [2014] are published by the Karnataka Institute for Law and Parliamentary Affairs [KILPAR], Government of Karnataka. She has reviewed 2 books for Oxford University Press and Cambridge University respectively. She is the Member, Editorial Review Board, CMR Journal of Innovation and Research, an internationally Peer Reviewed Journal. She has also contributed as author of 6 papers as well as reviewer of various papers to the UGC’s “E-Pathashala” Project, a Web Based Publication for Post-graduate students on the Module of Substantive Criminal Law in 2015-16 and on “Criminology” in 2016-17.

She has received Honorary Citizenship of Texas, Director Emeritus, Global North Texas, USA, 2017. She is

- Honorary Member, American Library, U.S. Consulate General, Chennai, India;
- Life Member, South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology [SASCV], India;
- Life Member, Indian Society of Criminology, India;
- Member, All India Law Teachers Congress [AILTC], India.

Dr. Ashraf Mozayani, PharmD, Ph.D., Professor & Executive Director of Forensic Science, Texas Southern University


 Dr. Ashraf Mozayani is an international and nationally known forensic scientist for more than twenty years. She is the executive director of forensic sciences and a professor at Texas Southern University.  Prior to this position, she was the crime lab director and chief toxicologist for Harris County Institute of Forensic Science for more than fifteen years.  She is a Senior Forensic Science Advisor and Instructor for the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), under the aegis of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Mozayani has been a Senior Forensic Advisor to the government of Uzbekistan, Thailand, and also an ICITAP Forensic Science instructor for all aspects of laboratory management and toxicology laboratory operations in the countries of Morocco, Sri Lanka, Egypt, and Turkmenistan. Dr. Mozayani has been testified as an expert witness in forensic toxicology and pharmacology in the states of Texas, Virginia, Maryland, Oklahoma, Florida, Kansas, California, Idaho, Montana, the Federal Court in Massachusetts, and the numerous Military Courts of the United States.

Dr. Greg Hampikian, Ph.D., Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences Joint appointment in Department of Criminal Justice Director of the Idaho Innocence Project, Boise State University


Dr. Greg Hampikian is professor of Biology and Criminal Justice at Boise State University (BSU), founder and Director of the Idaho Innocence Project (IIP) at BSU.  His research includes discovery of the smallest sequences absent from nature that he has termed Nullomers.  Nullomers have been used to protect forensic DNA samples against contamination, and to develop 198 Nullomer peptide drug candidates effective against cancer.  Hampikian also holds patents for power generation and a miniature pump using magnetic shape memory alloys.  He was awarded a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Connecticut, and has held positions at the Yale University Medical School, the Worcester Foundation, Emory University, La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia), and the CDC (Atlanta, GA).  He is best known as a DNA expert on Innocence Network cases around the world including that of Amanda Knox, Sarah Pearce, Darryl Pinkins (2016) and more than a dozen other exonerations.  Hampikian also helped the French police to solve a ten-year old using a new DNA technique.  He co-authored the first study on Subjectivity and Bias in Forensic DNA, featured in the Economist and New Scientist, and his TedX talk, “Forensic DNA Mixups” is on youtube.  Hampikian’s New York Times Opeds, “Men Who Needs Them? (2012)” and When May I Shoot a Student (2014)” both rose to the top of the Times most shared lists.  A recent profile of his work appeared in Science (March 2016).  His book Exit to Freedom with exoneree Calvin Johnson, chronicles Mr. Jonson’s 17-year fight to prove his innocence using DNA.

Dr. Habiba Al Shafar, Ph.D., Associate Professor (Biomedical Engineering Department) and a Director of Khalifa University Center for Biotechnology


Habiba is an Emirati research scholar who has a wealth of professional and educational experience that includes a Doctorate in Philosophy in Forensics and Medical Sciences from Western Australia, a Masters Degree in Medical Engineering from United Kingdom and a Bachelor of science in Biochemistry from United state of America among and she has completed a one-year Global Clinical Scholars Research Training program at Harvard Medical School. Her research interest is constructing the genomic structures of individuals of Arab descent to identify genomic segments that carry gene(s) that predispose to disease. Specifically, addressing diseases that are increasing in prevalence amongst the local communities of the UAE. Dr. alsafar has identified a gene strongly associated with the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes among the Emirati population. This is the first Genome Wide Association Study of the UAE Bedouin population and first of its kind in the Middle East. Habiba was one of outstanding Arab women scientists to win the International L'Oréal-UNESCO Fellowship for Women in Science. Alsafar was awarded the UAE first honor model from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for being one of the pioneer in her field.

Dr. Hans Hanseler, Ph.D., Professor Digital Forensics & E-Discovery, Hogeschool Leiden Netherlands


Hans Henseler is professor Digital Forensics & E-Discovery at the University of Applied Sciences Leiden and member of the Board of the Netherlands Register of Court Experts. He is also managing director and co-founder of Tracks Inspector B.V. Hans received his M.Sc. in Computer Science from Delft University of Technology and holds a Ph.D. on Artificial Neural Networks from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. In 1992 he founded the department of forensic computer science at the Netherlands Forensic science Institute (NFI) and in 1996 he was vice chairman of the International Organisation on Computer Evidence (IOCE). From 2000-2006 he was CTO at ZyLAB and from 2006-2010 he was director of Forensic Technology Solutions at PwC where he was leading the PwC Eurofirms Forensic Technology Solutions practice. He managed large scale multi-national E-Discovery projects including data collection, email review and financial data analysis. From 2010-2014 he was partner and manager of the computer forensics business unit at Fox IT.

James Nutt, BSc (Hons) MRSC, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science (Toxicology and Separation Science), University of South Wales


I have been involved in the analytical toxicology of biological samples since 2006. I originally worked at TrichoTech Limited for five years. Following this, I joined a small team to help establish Cansford Laboratories. I worked as Laboratory Manager, being responsible for all related laboratory procedures, interpretation of results including the regulatory and legal implications of analytical results. In addition to my regular responsibilities, I participated in R&D initiatives including the development and validation of several propriety techniques used in the laboratory. Since February 2017 I have been employed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of South Wales.

Sgt. Larry Barksdale, MA, Assistant Professor of Practice of Forensic Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Lata Gautam, Ph.D.,  Senior Lecturer of Biomedical and Forensic Science, Anglia Ruskin University


I am a forensic chemist specialising in drug analysis with a decade of experience in this field. I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science and teach chemistry, analytical chemistry and toxicology-based modules at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU). I am also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. My research interests include the analysis of drugs of abuse from alternative matrices such as hair and spiked drinks. My current research focusses on the Drugs Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA) cases. Prior to joining ARU, I have worked as a forensic scientist at the National Forensic Science Laboratory in Nepal.

Prof. Dr. Lawrence Kobilinsky, Ph.D., Chairman of the Department of Sciences, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

Mahmoud Abed, Biology Program Support Specialist, Royal Canadian Mounted Police National Forensic Laboratory Services


Professionally, I am working at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as a Forensic Specialist. During my career within the laboratory, I held key management positions working with senior management on implementing the laboratories core mandate.

I also worked with the United Nations as a forensic consultant to design/deliver a complete forensic science training program for the Palestinian Police. Furthermore, I  founded  Vorto  Vision,  a  management  consulting  agency  delivering  services  to  forensic and medical firms.

Academically I hold a Master’s degree in Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Mohammed Saleh Madadin , MBBS , SBFLM (MD) Assistant Professor of Forensic Medicine, IAU, KSA Adjunct Lecturer, Monash University, Australia Forensic Pathology Fellow, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Australia Associate Editor of Egyptian Journal of Forensic Sciences


Dr. Mohammed Madadin is an Assistant Professor of Forensic Medicine and chairman of the Department of Pathology at the College of Medicine affiliated with Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). He was an Overseas Forensic Pathology Fellow at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Melbourne, Australia and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Monash University in Australia. Dr. Madadin has significant research interest and has contributed to the scientific literature by publishing in various prestigious journals including those published by the Nature & Lancet groups of journals. He has also contributed a chapter published in the esteemed Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine (2nd edition; Elsevier) in 2016. He has been assigned different academic and scientific tasks in medical journals, scientific conferences, committees and councils, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Madadin is keenly interested in forensic medicine education, research and development of forensic medicine practice in Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the Middle-East.

Dr. Nikolas P. Lemos, BS, MS, Ph.D., Clinical Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine University of California, San Francisco

Nick Lemos

Professor Nikolas Lemos is a native of Greece.

He earned his bachelor of science in forensic chemistry/criminalistics from the State University of New York in 1993, his master of science in forensic science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York in 1996 and his doctorate degree in forensic medicine and science specializing in toxicology from the University of Glasgow in Scotland in 1999.

From 1999 to 2003 he worked in London, England first as a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Sciences at London South Bank University and then as Head of the Forensic Toxicology Service of St George’s Hospital Medical School of the University of London. From 2003 to 2016 he served as the Forensic Laboratory Director and Chief Forensic Toxicologist for the City and County of San Francisco where he succeeded in accrediting the laboratory by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology. Since 2011 he is Full Clinical Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine of the School of Medicine of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

He has published and presented on numerous occasions and has received numerous grants and awards including the Outstanding Speaker Award of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry and a Proclamation by the 109th Congress of the United States of America in 2005 for dedicating his life and career to community safety and social awareness. Among other professional activities, he spearheads the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion activities of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and in the Chair of the Ethics Committee of the California Association of Toxicologists.

Dr. Paul Smith, M.Sc , PGCLTHE, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), Ph.D., ICJS Lead on Innovation and Director of the Forensic Innovation Centre at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth

Paul Smith

Peter Massey, M.Sc,  Lecturer, University of New Haven


Peter Massey began his career in 1983 as a police officer with the Hamden, Connecticut Department of Police Services.  Initially assigned to the Patrol Division, he rose to the rank of Detective within the Detective and Identification Divisions. His work included the investigation of various types of crime scenes. After completing over twenty years of service, Peter retired to become the Training Coordinator at the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science. He moved on to a full time faculty position at the University of New Haven, and is currently a Senior Lecturer for the Forensic Science Department.


Dr. Ricardo Henrique Alves da Silva, Forensic Odontology - USP - School of Dentistry of Ribeirão Preto Secretary - IOFOS 2017-2020 (International Organization for Forensic Odonto-Stomatology) Brazilian Representative - Forensic Odontology INTERPOL DVI Working Group Editor-in-Chief - Brazilian Journal of Forensic Odontology

Ricardo Henrique

Prof. Ricardo Henrique Alves da Silva (DDS, MSc, PhD) is in charge for the Forensic Odontology Team at USP - School of Dentistry of Ribeirão Preto, in undergraduate and graduate (Specialization, Master and PhD Program) activitites. He is the Secretary of IOFOS (International Organization for Forensic Odonto-Stomatology) and the Brazilian Representative in the Forensic Odontology INTERPOL DVI Working Group. And work as Dentistry Expert Witness for the São Paulo State Court and Editor-in-Chief of the Brazilian Journal of Forensic Odontology.

Prof. Dr. Salih Cengiz, Professor at the Institute of Forensic Medicine, İstanbul Üniversitesi


Dr Salih Cengiz, PhD, is a lecturer and Head of the Basic Forensic sciences Department at the Institute of Forensic Sciences, Istanbul University, where he has been regularly teaching since 1989. He is a member of the Council of Forensic Medicine Ministry of Justice, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Turkish Biochemical Society, Turkish Forensic Sciences Society and a Permanent ENFSI representative of Institute of Forensic Sciences ATE. He is also regionally recognised due to his work in the Establishment and Validation of DNA LAB in Azerbaijan and OSCE Consultant establishment and validation of the methods of analysis of explosives and residues by Agilent LC MS in Kosovo, Forensic Laboratory Pristina.

Dr Cengiz has proven experience in QC and QA of Forensic Toxicology and DNA, DAR-DAP Accredited Food and Environmental Toxicology Laboratory and was involved in the establishment and method validation and accreditation of the Forensic Chemistry and Toxicology Laboratory of Institute of Forensic Sciences, Istanbul University. In addition to his academic achievements, Dr Cengiz is also a technical expert in Auditing QC/QA systems of the forensic laboratories at the TURKAK National Accreditation Body.

Dr. Sasha Voss Lecturer, Ph.D., Lecturer at the School of Human Science University of Western Australia


As a medical and veterinary entomologist with a strong interest in forensic applications, the primary driver of my research has been validating and improving the accuracy of entomological estimates of time since death. I research and teach forensic science and entomology at the University of Western Australia. My research interests encompass aspects of the behaviour, physiology and ecology of insects inhabiting a decomposition environment, particularly parasitic wasps and blowflies. I have sat on forensic scientific committees and am the author of numerous publications in scientific journals, international conference proceedings and a forensic science book chapter.

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Keller, Head Toxicology Department Forensic Toxicologist GTFCh TIAFT Regional Representative for Austria Institute of Forensic Medicine, Universität Salzburg


I am currently the Head of the Forensic Toxicology Department and Chief Toxicologist at the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the Paris-Lodron University of Salzburg, Austria. I am a Forensic Toxicologist GTFCh and hold a degree of a Doctor of Science (Chemistry). Since 2005 I also hold a degree of a Professor at the Interfacultary Department of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Neuropsyciatry at the Paris-Lodron University of Salzburg. Since then I have the authorization to teach (“venia docendi”) in the subject of “Forensic Toxicology”. Ever since then I am a lecturer for the topic of “Forensic Toxicology” for graduate and undergraduate students at the Paris-Lodron University of Salzburg. Since 1998 I am a generally sworn and court-certified expert in Forensic Toxicology and member of the Austrian Association of Generally Sworn and Court-certified Experts. I have testified in numerous antemortem and postmortem cases in courts throughout the federal states of Salzburg and Upper Austria. Since 1999 I am member of the Society of Toxicological and Forensic Chemistry (GTFCh). In 2004 I became member and board member of the Austrian Association of Forensic Medicine (ÖGGM). Since 2005 I am an active member of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) and was appointed as TIAFT Regional Representative for Austria in 2012. Since 2013 I am also member of the European Workplace Drug Testing Society (EWDTS). I am a reviewer for 9 scientific journals and member of the Editorial Board for the journal Forensic Science Research (FSR). I have also published many papers on topics related to antemortem or postmortem forensic toxicology.

Dr. William H Goodwin, Ph.D., Reader in Forensic Genetics, University of Central Lancashire

Will Goodwin
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