Forensic DNA Y-STR Training

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Marshall University Forensic Science Center offers Forensic Y–STR Training as one of our Forensic DNA Training Programs. Laboratory analysts interested in implementing Y–STR technology into their current workflow will benefit from the training sessions provided. Individuals should have a basic knowledge of forensic DNA applications. Prior participation in the Advanced DNA Technologies Training or a familiarity with Real-Time PCR, Capillary Electrophoresis, and GeneMapper® ID software is also recommended.

The training agenda will include both preliminary Y–STR presentations as well as hands-on, Y–STR specific, interpretations and data analysis using state-of-the-art analytical kits, instrumentation and software.

Training topics include:

  • Y–STR Introduction and History
  • Y–STR Amplification:
    • Applied Biosystems Yfiler™ Kit
    • Promega PowerPlex® Y System
  • Y–STR GeneMapper® ID Data Analysis
  • Y–STR Statistics
  • Utilizing the US Y–STR Database

* Use of instruments and software kits is not necessarily an endorsement of the product.

Inquire About Training

We provide both onsite and offsite training on a case by case basis. Our staff is available for individual or group sessions at your facility, our facility, or another location of your choice. Please contact us to inquire further regarding your training needs.


Training Schedule

We currently have no in-house training sessions scheduled.

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Applicant Requirements

  • Employed by an accredited forensic crime laboratory
  • Currently employed as a DNA Analyst or directly related position
  • Have a desire to expand professional knowledge of DNA analysis
  • Complete pre-workshop exercises, readings and documentation as requested
  • Be willing to actively participate in classroom activities and discussions
  • Be willing to travel to attend training

Previous NIJ Funded Trainings

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From June 2009 to August 2011 Marshall University Forensic Science Center provided Forensic Y–STR Training to more than 260 forensic scientists. Marshall University Forensic Science Center received federal funds from the National Institute of Justice to provide Y–STR DNA Analysis Training to qualified forensic scientists. The project was funded under support of cooperative agreement 2008-DN-BX-K1855.

To learn more about the National Institute of Justice please visit their official website.