Molecular Forensics

Human DNA Identification Laboratory

The Human DNA Identification Laboratory utilizes industry standard methods compliant with CODIS (U.S. Combined DNA Index System) to determine person of origin in various biological samples. Application of our methodology can be used to resolve identify in the following circumstances:

  • Paternity / parentage
  • Physical evidence for law enforcement agencies and private attorneys
  • Patient tissue / body fluid misidentification

Our laboratory has provided DNA-based testing since 1991, and has continued to be on the forefront of identify testing, soon being able to offer next-generation sequencing testing for the purposes of ancestry and phenotype analysis. 

Confidential Testing-Information given about the parties being tested is strictly confidential and will not be released to anyone without your written authorization.

Laboratory Accreditation-The Human DNA Identification is accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board and the director is boarded by the American Board of Pathologists in the areas of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, as well as Molecular Genetic Pathology. 

Our Experts

Jesse Cox, M.D., Ph.D., A(ACHI)
Director, Human DNA Identification Laboratory
University of Nebraska Medical Center
 
Mellissa Helligso, MT (ASCP), MFS
Manager, Technical Lead, Forensic DNA Analyst
Human DNA Identification Laboratory
University of Nebraska Medical Center

TEST SAMPLES

A variety of specimen sources may be submitted for DNA-based identification including, but not limited to:

  • Body fluids (e.g. blood, semen, saliva, etc.)
  • Buccal swabs
  • Cell line verification
  • Formalin fixed tissues, FFPE blocks, microscopy slides (stained or unstained)
  • Hair roots
  • Personal effects
  • Tissues
  • Touch DNA

 


PATERNITY TESTING

Court Admissible-Yes, results are valid in court. Proper documentation is maintained on the test specimens to insure that accurate, reliable results are obtained and can be used in the court of law.?

Turnaround Time-Test results are usually available 2-4 weeks after all samples are received at the laboratory.
 
 
 
 

PATHOLOGY MATERIALS TESTING

Our testing may be used to resolve concerns regarding mislabeled pathology samples (e.g. tissue, body fluids), tissue ‘floaters’, or concerns about specimen mix-ups. We are able to provide identify on fresh, as well as methanol fixed, and formalin fixed tissues. We are also able to utilize formalin-fixed paraffin embedded tissues, unstained slides, and stained slides; tissue on slides are consumed during the extraction process. 
 

 
RESEARCH SERVICES

Our laboratory provides testing to verify tissue culture cell line identity for basic science researchers.


CONTACT INFO:

For questions regarding paternity testing and scheduling, contact:

  • Regional Pathology Services (402) 559-6420 or 1-800-334-0459

For other questions, please contact:

  • Human DNA Identification Laboratory: (402) 559-7220