Our Lab

Professor - PI

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Dr. Susan Walsh
Dr. Walsh is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology and Forensic and Investigative Sciences at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Dr. Walsh completed her PhD in Forensic Genetics at Erasmus University in the Netherlands. She went on to complete post-doctorate work at Yale University before joining IUPUI in 2014.
Dr. Susan Walsh Resume 2017

Graduate Students and Staff

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Ryan Eller
Ryan Eller is a Butler University grad and a Ph.D candidate who joined the Walsh lab in the Spring of 2015. His reseach involves exploring the relationships between an individual's genotype and facial morphology. He is currently developing software that will be able to predict and render a facial profile of an individual from a DNA sample.
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Mirna Ghemrawi
Mirna Ghemrawi is a Fulbright student from Lebanon. She has a B.S. in Medical Laboratory Sciences. She is currently an MS. student in Forensic and Investigative sciences with a concentration in Forensic Biology and joined Dr. Walsh Lab in Fall 2016. Her research focuses on the investigation into the genetic basis of human externally visible characteristics in the Lebanese population.
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Stephanie Farmer
Stephanie Farmer is a MS student in Biology returning after working in the Walsh lab as an undergraduate to start her graduate career in the Spring of 2017. Her projects focus on tracing Viking ancestry in Irish surname samples in addition to ancestry prediction.
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Bailey Wills
Bailey Wills is a MS student in the Forensic Science program. She joined Dr. Walsh as an undergraduate student in August 2016. Her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of hair coloration and its genetic association.
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Noah Herrick
Noah Herrick is pursuing his MS in Biology through an Anthropological lens. Joining the lab in the summer of 2016 as an undergraduate student, his research consisted of detecting genes associated with body mass index. His research currently involves the improvement of craniofacial reconstruction using facial soft tissue thickness data.

Undergraduate Students

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Emma Fort
Emma Fort is an undergraduate double majoring in Forensics and Biology who joined the lab in the fall of 2016. She will be assisting with the preparation and analysis of various projects in the lab
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Lydia Hawthorne
Lydia Hawthorne is a sophomore majoring in Forensic Biology. She will be assisting with sample collection and extraction.
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Morgan Howard
Morgan Howard is an undergraduate pursuing a B.S in Biology and a masters in bioinformatics. He joined the lab in Fall 2017 and research is focusing on refining models used in ancestry prediction and correction.
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Clarissa Hartman
Clarissa Hartman is an undergraduate student double majoring in Forensics and Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She joined the lab Fall 2017. She will be aiding in sample collection and analysis for use in other projects in the lab.
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Sarah Alexander
Sarah Alexander is an undergraduate persuing a double major with forensic science and biology. She will be assisting in extracting and analyzing the samples of DNA.

Lab Alumni

Krystal Breslin - Department of Justice
Charanya Muralidharan - IU Medical School PhD Candidate
Wesli Kay Stubbs - Crime Laboratory
Megan Welch - Crime Laboratory
Gina Russo
Katherine Haskell
Annie Covington