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Seth Faith, PhD

Assistant Professor, Forensic Science


Lab: Genomic ID Lab

Seth A. Faith joined NC State University in November 2014 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program Cluster hire in DNA Forensics. Prior to joining NC State, Dr. Faith served as the technical leader in DNA forensics and genomics at Battelle Memorial Institute, a non-profit contract research organization. He has directed several research and development (R&D) projects in human and microbial identification using next-generation sequencing (NGS) and advanced bioinformatics. His R&D team was the first to publish a method for producing a full CODIS DNA profile with NGS technology that could be used for matching against the US national criminal database (NDIS). Dr. Faith also contributed to several interdisciplinary teams that performed BioTerrorism Risk Assessment for the US Department of Homeland Security to assess the outcome and prevention of bioterrorism attacks on the United States. He is currently funded by the National Institutes of Justice (NIJ) and collaborates with multiple state and federal law enforcement agencies for DNA technology development. Dr. Faith is an invited guest to the NIST OSAC Wildlife Forensics Subcommittee and the FBI’s Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis and Methods (SWGDAM).
American Academy of Forensic Sciences
American Society of Microbiology
B.S. Microbiology, University of Akron
Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences, Kent State University
Post-doctoral Training. Biodefense, University of Pittsburgh
Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Genetics
Dr. Seth A. Faith’s research focuses on DNA forensics, utilizing powerful new technologies, such as next-generation sequencing and advanced bioinformatics. The mission of the Faith lab is to advance forensic science through applied research using an integrated approach within the University and with external partners in industry and government. The lab is a component of the interdisciplinary NCSU Forensic Sciences Institute (FSI) and the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences (MBS) in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

  • A Next-generation Sequencing Approach to Epigenetic-based Tissue SourcingBartling C.M., Hester M.E., Bartz J., Heizer Jr. E., and Faith S.A. | Electrophoresis 6 AUG 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/elps.201400087
  • Development and assessment of an optimized next-generation DNA sequencing approach for the mtgenome using the Illumina MiSeq.McElhoe J., Holland M., Makova K., Shu-Wei Su M., Baker C., Faith S.A. | Forensic Science International: Genetics 2014. Vol 14:20-29
  • Rapid Identification of Bacterial Species of the Salivary MicrobiomeHasan N., Young B.A., Minard-Smith A., Saeed K., Li H., Heizer E., McMillan N., Isom R., Abdullah A.S., Bornman D., Faith S.A., Choi S.Y., Longmire G., Dickens M.L., Cebula T.A., and Colwell R.R. | PLoS One 2014. 9(5): e97699
  • Short-read, high-throughput sequencing technology for STR genotypingBornman D.M., Hester M.E., Schuetter J.M., Kasoji M.D., Minard-Smith A., Barden C.A., Nelson S.C., Godbold G., Baker C., Yang B., Walther J.E., Tornes I.E., Yan P.S., Rodriguez B., Bundschuh R., Dickens M.L., Young B.A., Faith S.A. | BioTechniques Rapid Dispatches 2012. Apr;0(0):1-6