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Faces of Homeland Security: Jennifer Goodrich

Jennifer Goodrich, S&T

Deputy Associate Laboratory Director for Bioforensics, S&T
Frederick, Md.

As the Deputy Associate Laboratory Director for Bioforensics at the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), Dr. Jennifer Goodrich uses science to enhance our nation’s security, applying her expertise in molecular biology to support law enforcement and intelligence investigations at S&T’s National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC).

Dr. Goodrich and her team perform technical analyses that help investigators identify individuals who have committed a crime or act of terrorism. For example, Dr. Goodrich leads experiments to determine whether specific pieces of DNA are present in a sample provided by law enforcement. Using a powerful technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR), Dr. Goodrich is able to identify a specific piece of DNA in a background of differing DNA and other material.

Dr. Goodrich‘s molecular biology group has developed over 40 diagnostic tests, which have been accredited by third parties for use in bioforensics. She was named the first Chair of the NBACC Institutional Biosafety Committee, which addresses regulatory requirements for performing biology experiments. Dr. Goodrich also co-developed the “Find a Friend at Work” program designed to help address workplace barriers to communication and engagement, and routinely works as a volunteer for local and regional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities for middle school students.

The National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC™) applies science to challenges critical to defending the nation against bioterrorism, serving as a national resource to understand the scientific basis of the risks posed by biological threats.

S&T improves homeland security by working with partners to provide state-of-the-art technology and solutions that help them achieve their missions. S&T partners and customers include the operating components of the Department as well as state, local, tribal and territorial emergency responders and officials.

Last Published Date: July 12, 2012
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