DNA & Serology
Forensic Serologists help crime investigations by identifying and analyzing bodily fluids at the crime scene. Serologists examine fluids like blood, sweat, semen, and fecal matter on evidence. These experts are often involved in blood pattern interpretations with a DNA Analyst. Serology analysis differs from DNA analysis in that serologists are responsible for identifying the fluids that the DNA analyst will examine and attribute to a specific person. These roles work closely in the lab and employees are often trained in both specialties. In addition to analytical skills, serologists must also have a high level of communication skills to be able to work effectively with DNA analysts to complete a conclusive analysis of the evidence.
Skills and Duties
- Analyze and test evidence samples from crime scenes to identify bodily fluids
- Determine if evidence is viable and has not been contaminated before further processing
- Perform chemical, biological, and microscopic analyses on fluids found in laboratory settings
- Identify their findings in written reports and lab analyses.
- Document and/or testify in courses cases as expert witnesses
A.S. Degree in Science
Common Courses: General Chemistry, Biology, Physiology, Introduction to Forensic Science, Criminal Law, Crime Scene Technology
B.S. Degree in Science
Common Courses: Organic Chemistry, Criminalistics, Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry, Ethics in Criminal Justice
M.S. Degree in Forensic DNA and Serology
Common Courses: Biological Evidence and Serology, Blood Distribution and Spatter, Applied Statistics for Data Analysis Forensic Serology, DNA Analysis, Human Molecular Biology, Forensic Genetics