Date of Award

Summer 7-2009

Degree Type

Internship Practicum Report

Degree Name

Master of Science

Field of Study

Forensic Genetics


Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. John Planz


The State of Texas DPS Regional Crime Laboratory in El Paso has an ASCLD/LAB accredited forensic laboratory that incorporates novel techniques to provide timely and accurate results. A performance evaluation of the Vivacon® 2ml in comparison to the Centricon® 100 demonstrated that the Vivacon® is a suitable replacement for the discontinued Centricon® device. An internal validation of the TECAN Freedom EVO® 150 demonstrated it is capable of setting up reactions for the quantification and amplification of casework samples for more effective sample processing.