Dna Analyst

Identifier of DNA samples, such as Blood or Body Fluids.

Duties:

Analysts spend most of their time in the laboratory cataloging and analyzing DNA evidence. Since the findings from the analysis can be used in court to prove the innocence or guilt of suspects, analysts must follow strict protocols regarding the custody of evidence, testing procedures and reporting guidelines. Every step of the procedure must be notated and reported, which includes when the sample was received, the quality of the sample, the tests performed and their results. Analysts are often called to appear in court as expert witnesses to verify the findings of a particular DNA analysis.

Personal Characteristics/Education Needed:

DNA analysts must have a formal education through a four-year degree in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Molecular genetics
  • Molecular biology
  • Forensic science
  • Physics
  • Criminalistics
  • Biochemistry

Work Setting:

DNA Analysts usually work in a laboratory with the necessary equipment needed. Most work the hours of 9 am to 5 pm, unless they stay later for necessary reasons. Companies that hire DNA Analyst include, Texas Department Of Public Safety, SHINE Systems & Technologies, and Johns Hopkins University.