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Lawrence KobilinskyContact Dr. Kobilinsky

Lawrence Kobilinsky, Ph.D., an internationally renowned forensic scientist and expert in DNA analysis, is the Chairman of the Science Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. At John Jay, where he is a full time professor, Dr.  Kobilinsky has served as Acting Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate Provost, and Science Advisor to the College President. He is also a member of the doctoral faculties in biochemistry and criminal justice at the Graduate Center of The City University of New York. 

A Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Dr. Kobilinsky is a Diplomate of the American College of Forensic Examiners and a Board Certified Forensic Examiner. His case experience is extensive and engages a number of issues of applied forensic science.

He has served as advisor to criminal laboratories in Mexico, China, Brazil and the Dominican Republic. In the U.S., Dr. Kobilinsky is an advisor to the State Department regarding forensic science laboratories in the Ukraine.

Dr. Kobilinsky’s research interests include the use of state-of-the-art technology to identify individuals from physiological fluids and tissues, and to associate biological crime scene evidence with a suspect. Currently, his research is focused on Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) detection and on sequencing technology. Dr. Kobilinsky is the recipient of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers’ "Civilian Award” and the New York Microscopical Society’s Ashby Award. Brazil awarded Dr. Kobilinsky the Medal of the City of Mogi das Cruzes for his efforts in establishing a forensic science laboratory as part of the city’s rape crisis center.

As editor of the Inside Forensic Science Series texts on Forensic Medicine, Forensic Anthropology, Legal Aspects of Forensics, Forensic Pharmacology, and Forensic Aspects of Poisons, and author of Forensic DNA Analysis and DNA: Forensic and Legal Applications, Dr. Kobilinsky has exhibited a breadth of scholarship reflecting his unusual command of a range of forensic science disciplines.