Research Development and Training Center Overview
DNA REFERENCE LAB offers outstanding opportunities for training, certification and preparing our employees to meet ASCLD-LAB, AABB (RT) and CAP standards. DRL in collaboration with UTHSCSA is also an orientation site for the training of residence and fellows participating in the ACGME program for transfusion medicine. Additionally, DRL fosters and encourages research, publications and presentations in national and international scientific meetings in forensic and molecular diagnostic. Furthermore, DRL is currently involved in collaborative research efforts with several in state and out of state institutions. The followings are examples for some of these efforts.
Abstracts and poster presentations by DRL
1. M.AL Salih & Kevin Condel. Critical factors in the application of the PowerPlex 16 HS Kit. Presented at the 21st International Symposium for Human Identification, October 2010.
2. Kevin Condel & M. AL Salih. Error rates in siblingship determinations. Presented at the 21st International Symposium for Human Identification, October 2010.
3. Kevin R Condel, Salih MA. Developmental validation of Plexor HY kit using Roche Lightcycler 480. Presented at the 19th International Symposium on Human Identification (Hollywood, CA), October 2008
4. Salih MA, Nilsson RP. Validation of Beckman Coulter CEQ 8000 for forensic mitochondrial DNA sequence analysis. Presented at the 13th International Symposium on Human Identification (Phoenix, AZ) in October 2002
5. Salih MA, Butt NA, Kaur H and Cang Chen. Disease associated trisomy as a complicating factor in forensic and paternity DNA analysis. Presented at the 12th International Symposium on Human Identification (at Biloxi, MI) in October 2001.
6. Butt NA, Harmeet Kaur and Salih MA. Validation of PowerPlex 16 system for the STR analysis on ABI 310 genetic analyzer. Presented at the 12th International Symposium on Human Identification (at Biloxi, MI) in October 2001.
7. Salih, M.A. and Cang chen. A new strategy for using mt DNA sequence analysis in rape and sexual assault casework. Poster presentation at the 11th International symposium on human identification at Biloxi, MI, October 2000.
8. Shuo Chen, Cang Chen and M.A. Salih. Polymorphism in mitochondrial DNA sequence analysis of forensic cases. Poster presentation at the Tenth International Symposium on Human Identification at Orlando, Florida, September 27-October 2, 1999.
Publications by DRL
1. Kevin R. Condel, M.A. Salih. 2011. A simple method for establishing concordance between short tandem-repeat allele frequency databases. Transfusion 51(5): 986-992.
2. Kevin R Condel, M.A. Salih. 2012. The significance of allele frequency databases in immigration siblingship cases. Submitted to PLoS Genetics.