Battelle selects research leader for applied genomics team

Battelle Applied Genomics announced the selection of Mark Wilson to lead the research institution's applied genomics team Tuesday.

Wilson will be tasked with leading research and development of new DNA sequencing technology at Battelle.

“These new technologies generate much more genetic data and present these data to the analyst,” Wilson said. “The sheer amount of data has implications for complex mixed samples and limited or degraded samples that are often encountered in forensic casework.”

Wilson began working with the FBI in 1984, serving as a special agent. He eventually shifted to the FBI's laboratory division working with forensics techniques that would lead to the foundation of current techniques in use today.

After 9/11, Wilson’s focus shifted to microbial-based evidence, including casework related to toxins, bacteria and other potential microbial threat agents. He worked in FBI laboratory's Chemical-Biological Sciences Unit until he retired in 2007. 

Wilson holds a doctorate in biosciences from George Mason University.

Wilson said that his future work in research will be focused in the development of new analytical methods for use in forensics, and he aims to allow the tracking of an individual based on the distribution of microorganisms and utilizing the pollen grains and other markers on an individual's skin or clothing. 

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