Sam Spencer has been an expert in the field of Forensic Biology for over five years. She held the position of forensic scientist with a state law enforcement agency and has spent over seven years dedicated to the field of Forensic Biology. During this time, Sam processed crime scenes by collecting and documenting evidence and performing serological and DNA analysis on evidence. Sam continues to assist local law enforcement and legal professionals by presenting important topics in the forensic field to individuals such as detectives, crime scene investigators, sexual assault nurse examiners, prosecutors, and defense attorneys. Her goal is to help law enforcement and legal professionals fully understand the importance of DNA and how it is best collected and preserved. Sam has worked on over 1400 cases for multiple law enforcement agencies and has provided expert testimony in a number of jurisdictions.
Prior to her employment as a forensic scientist, Sam spent two years in a Molecular Diagnostic Lab learning the skills and techniques she would implement in the forensic field. These skills included DNA and RNA extraction, quantification, amplification, and capillary electrophoresis. Sam became the Lead SOLiD Technologist, assisting in bringing on a new chemistry, instrumentation, and eventually developing protocols for the lab to better serve the lab's customers. While in college, Sam spent two years in an internship with a Forensic Chemistry lab completing a research project concerning extraction techniques and achieving better resolution of illegal components commonly found in ecstasy tablets. Sam Spencer received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina.
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