Dr. Robin Cotton has been recruited as the Director for the new Biomedical Forensic Sciences Program at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Cotton comes to the University from the Orchid Cellmark Laboratories in Germantown, Maryland where she was the Laboratory Director since1992. Dr. Cotton received her Ph.D in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of California at Irvine and then she completed post-doctoral research with Dr. Roger Chalkley at the University of Iowa. Following her post-doctoral work, Dr. Cotton, conducted research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism before joining Orchid Cellmark. During her career, Dr. Cotton has participated in over 50 training seminars and workshops in forensic sciences and authored or co-authored more than 60 presentations and abstracts. She is also a member of several prestigious forensic sciences societies and academies, such as the American Society of Human Genetics, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors. In addition, she currently serves as an elected member of the ASCLD/Lab Board of Directors and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Forensic Sciences.
In addition to her role as Director, Dr. Cotton will also be involved in the development of several new Forensic DNA courses within this program and will also continue with private casework. We are very fortunate to have Dr. Cotton join the faculty at the medical school. She brings invaluable insight and experience in forensic sciences to this program and we are very fortunate to have such a talented scientist as the leader of our new program.