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Forensic Advisory Board

The North Carolina Forensic Science Advisory Board is a group of scientists who help advise the North Carolina State Crime Lab.  The board reviews Crime Lab operations and makes recommendations on new programs, methods of testing and qualifications for forensic scientists working in the lab.

The director of the State Crime Lab serves on the board, along with scientists and experts from across the country who are appointed by the Attorney General.

Current members of the Forensic Science Advisory Board are:

  • John Byrd, Director, North Carolina State Crime Laboratory
  • Mr. Tim Kupferschmid, (Chairman), Director of DNA Forensic Biology Laboratory, New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
  • Dr. Tracey D. Cruz, (Vice-Chair), Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Forensic Science, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Mr. Adam Becnel, Manager, Louisiana State Police Crime Lab
  • Mr. Kermit B. Channell, II, Executive Director, Arkansas State Crime Laboratory
  • Dr. Michael Coble, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Genetics, University of North Texas Health Science Center
  • Dr. Demi Garvin, Toxicologist, Forensic Science Network LLC
  • Dr. David Hinks, Director, Forensic Sciences Institute, North Carolina State University
  • Dr. Michael Jiroutek, Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Research, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Campbell University
  • Ms. Alka B. Lohmann, Director of Technical Services, Virginia Department of Forensic Science
  • Mr. Peter M. Marone, Former Laboratory Director, Virginia Department of Forensic Science (retired)
  • Dr. Christopher S. Palenik, Vice President and Research Microscopist, Microtrace (IL)
  • Ms. Bethany P. Pridgen, Director, Wilmington Police Department Crime Laboratory
  • Dr. Deborah Radisch, North Carolina Chief Medical Examiner

The Forensic Science Advisory Board meets biannually and at other times as deemed necessary. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 at 10:00 AM. Meetings are held at the State Crime Lab, 121 East Tryon Road in Raleigh and are open to the public.

See links below for minutes from the previous Forensic Science Advisory Board meetings.

April 20, 2012
May 30, 2012
May 31, 2012
September 9, 2012
January 15, 2013
July 16, 2013
October 22, 2013
January 28, 2014
April 8, 2014
July 22, 2014
April 21, 2015
September 22, 2015
December 2, 2015
February 9, 2016
May 5, 2016
August 4, 2016
November 3, 2016
February 21, 2017
May 18, 2017
August 15, 2017
October 25, 2017
February 1, 2018
May 15, 2018
August 2, 2018

SCL Request for FSAB Advice Regarding Reinterpretation of Prior Forensic DNA Casework
FSAB Response to SCL Request Regarding Reinterpretation of Prior Forensic DNA Casework

Part of the Forensic Science Advisory Board's mission is to review the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory's policies and procedures. The Board has begun a review of the current policies and procedures. The results of the review are included below.

Toxicology and DNA Database

Latent Evidence and Firearm & Tool Mark
Digital Evidence
Drug Chemistry
Evidence Control
Forensic Biology
Quality System
Trace Evidence