2020-21 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant Winner

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The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce that Rachelle A. Turiello has been awarded the 2020-21 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant for her paper, Epi-PrepDise: A Centrifugal Microfluidic Device for Forensic DNA Methylation Sample Preparation for Chronological Age Prediction. The award consists of $1,700, a plaque, complimentary meeting registration at a future AAFS meeting, and up to $1,300 for travel and per diem expenses toward the future meeting attendance.

Rachelle is an Associate Member in the AAFS Criminalistics Section. She is a National Institute of Justice Fellow and PhD student with the Chemistry Department at the University of Virginia. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Interdisciplinary Studies: Bio-Cultural Hominid Anthropology, and a master’s degree from Towson University in Forensic Science. Rachelle has worked as a civilian scientist for multiple police departments in crime scene science and forensic DNA analysis. Her research is focused on bio-analytical chemistry and centrifugal microfluidic technologies for forensic applications, including sample preparation and analysis of nucleic acids for human identification.

Congratulations, Rachelle!

And a big thank you to the FSF Bashinski Committee – Lucy Davis (Chair), Mary Gibbons (Co-Chair), Thomas Nasser, Robert Gaensslen, and George Sensabaugh.



Rachelle A. Turiello, MS