Meet the

People in the lab

Assistant Professor 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.
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Graduate Students

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.







Stephanie Farmer

Stephanie Farmer is an 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.







Bailey Wills

Bailey Wills is an 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.








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.







Racquel Hopkins

Racquel Hopkins is an MS student in the Biology Department. She joined Dr. Walsh as a graduate student in August 2018. Her research focuses on forensic DNA analyses and mixture interpretation.








Case Jacobus

Case Jacobus is an MS student in the Forensic Science Program. Case joined Dr. Walsh as an intern in June 2018 and assists with several lab projects.









Undergraduate Students

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.






Paige Wallace

Paige is an undergraduate pursuing a duel degree in Biology and Forensics. She joined the lab in Fall 2018 and her capstone research is focused on assay development for next generation sequencing.








Lab Alumni

Mirna Ghemrawi (G) - FIU PhD Candidate
Morgan Howard (UG) - Bioinformatics Researcher (Janga lab)
Emma Fort (UG) - Crime Laboratory
Lydia Hawthorne (UG)
Sarah Alexander (UG) - Research Assistant IU Medical School
Krystal Breslin (G) - Department of Justice
Charanya Muralidharan (G) - IU Medical School PhD Candidate
Wesli Kay Stubbs (G) - Crime Laboratory
Megan Welch (UG) - Crime Laboratory
Gina Russo (UG)
Katherine Haskell (UG)
Annie Covington (UG)