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Dec. 5, 2013

Allen makes final trip to Sri Lanka for new forensic program

Sri Lankan forensic scientists Piyanka De Silva, Rasika Perera and Samara Jeewa Bandara train at OSU-CHS for DNA analysis.
Sri Lankan forensic scientists Piyanka De Silva (right), Rasika Perera and Samara Jeewa Bandara train at OSU-CHS for DNA analysis.

Robert Allen, Ph.D., chair of the OSU-CHS School of Forensic Sciences, will travel next week to visit the new laboratory complex at the Ministry of Justice Government Analyst’s Department in Battaramulla, Sri Lanka.

OSU-CHS has trained six scientists in preparation of launching the first forensic DNA program in the island nation. The program, a partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice, the Sri Lanka government and OSU-CHS, introduced the forensic DNA analysis program in Sri Lanka, where more than 20 million people live.

During Allen’s visit, the laboratory will officially begin accepting cases. Technology at the laboratory will help investigate the 7,000 homicides and 200 sexual assaults that occur in the country every year. Allen will present a decal of Forensic Pete to the staff in Sri Lanka in recognition of the university’s involvement with the program.

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