David Foran is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, is on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Forensic Sciences, and is court qualified as an expert on both nuclear and mitochondrial DNA profiling. He obtained his PhD in molecular genetics from the University of Michigan, and was a post-doctoral fellow at McGill University in Montreal. He became a research associate at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and then an assistant professor in the Forensic Science Department at the George Washington University in Washington DC, where he developed the forensic biology laboratory. He came to Michigan State in 2002, founding the Forensic Biology Laboratory and graduate track, and was Forensic Science Program Director from 2004-2018.  Dr. Foran’s area of expertise is forensic biology, with an accent on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA analysis of both humans and domestic and wildlife species. He aids a variety of local, state, and federal agencies with specialized casework, is an advisor to the Michigan Innocence Project, and conducts research on historical cases of broad interest.