S. Calloway

Cassandra Calloway, PhD
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Dr. Cassandra Calloway is an Assistant Scientist at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute where she has led a research program in Forensic Science and Mitochondrial Genetics over the last 17 years. Dr. Calloway is also the Program Coordinator for the Forensic Science Graduate group and Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Davis.  Dr. Calloway is a leader in the field of Forensic Genetics and has successfully developed several methods for analyzing mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) for human identification and casework currently used by forensic laboratories.  Her research has primarily focused on the development of new genotyping assays for analysis of mtDNA and nuclear DNA markers for forensic human identification and clinical applications.  Currently Dr. Calloway is leading an effort to develop sensitive methods for analysis of degraded and mixed DNA samples using next-generation sequencing technologies for sequencing the entire mitochondrial genome and select nuclear SNP markers.  More recently her research has expanded to more clinical studies, applying the developed mtDNA assays to investigate changes in mtDNA copy number and mutations in Thalassemia patients as a potential biomarker for iron-induced tissue damage and non-invasive prenatal diagnostic testing.


revised: April 16, 2020 2:57 PM



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