Steven Lee


International Forensic Research Institute

Office: OE 116D

Phone: 305-348-7654; Cell (Preferred): 510-882-9036


Curriculum Vitae

Research Areas

  • Improving DNA extraction for rapid direct PCR and downstream NGS methods
  • Investigation of strategies to reduce PCR inhibition due to commonly found co-extracted PCR inhibitors
  • Development, implementation and validation of room temperature biological sample and DNA storage using novel polymers
  • Exploration of cell-free fractions for genomic and proteomic profiling of touch and low template forensic biological samples
  • Second and Third Generation Massively Parallel Sequencing technology evaluations for forensic DNA identity, phenotype, and ancestry predictions


  • BS Biology, State University of New York, Binghamton, NY
  • MS Biology, Population Genetics, Ecological Botany, New York University, NY
  • PhD Molecular and Physiological Plant Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • Postdoctoral Research, University of Georgia, Athens, GA