What is the CURE for limited DNA? A forensic science course focused on NGS


  • Kelly M Elkins Towson University
  • Cynthia Zeller Towson University


Course-based undergraduate research (CURE) courses can increase the number and diversity of undergraduate students involved in research projects compared to one-to-one traditional faculty research experiences or research internships. Next generation sequencing (NGS) is an emerging method for performing DNA typing for forensic applications. We report upon our development and implementation of a forensic chemistry CURE course that introduces and employs advanced sequencing methods, including NGS to answer forensic questions, to students.

Author Biography

Kelly M Elkins, Towson University

Kelly M. Elkins

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Towson University

Chemistry Department

8000 York Rd

Towson, MD 21252