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Kelly A. Meiklejohn, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Forensic Science

Lab: Meiklejohn Lab

Dr Meiklejohn joined the Department of Population Health and Pathobiology in January 2018, as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program Cluster hire in Forensics. Dr Meiklejohn completed her doctoral work in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Wollongong (Australia) on the systematics and taxonomy of the forensically important Australian flesh flies. Prior to joining NC State, Dr. Meiklejohn was most recently a Post Doctoral Research Fellow with the Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit (CFSRU) of the FBI Laboratory, in Quantico, VA (sponsored by ORISE). In this position, Dr Meiklejohn directed several research and development projects in the area of DNA forensics, spanning the utility of massively parallel sequencing for human identifications and investigative leads, along with developing capabilities to molecularly identify non-human biological materials encountered in casework. In her first Post Doctoral position at the University of Florida, Dr. Meiklejohn looked at resolving relationships among galliform birds using ultraconserved elements (UCEs) in the genome. She has taught both graduate and undergraduate level courses in biochemistry, anatomy and bioinformatics at the University of Wollongong, and has mentored interns and forensic science masters students.
American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Society for Wildlife Forensic Science
Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society
Ph.D (Examiners’ Commendation for Outstanding Thesis), University of Wollongong
B Biotechnology Advanced (Honors – Class I), University of Wollongong
Genetics, Global Health
Dr Meiklejohn’s research is centered in DNA forensics, where she looks to apply new technologies (such as massively parallel sequencing) to scenarios where additional information could prove vital to an investigation. As non-human biological material is currently underutilized in forensic casework, her research seeks to examine reliable and accurate methods for its identification. Additionally, Dr Meiklejohn plans on harnessing the partnerships she has with government, industry and within the CVM, to address ongoing challenges in animal and wildlife forensics.
  • (2018) An automated independent workflow for the analysis of massively parallel sequence data from forensic SNP assays.Vlachos NT, Meiklejohn KA, and Robertson | JM Electrophoresis. 39: 2752-2756.
  • (2018) A protocol for obtaining DNA barcodes from plant and insect fragments isolated from forensic-type soils.Meiklejohn KA, Jackson ML, Stern LA and Robertson | JM. Int J Legal Med. 132(6):1515-1526
  • (2017) Isolation of mitochondrial DNA from single, short hairs without roots using pressure cycling technology.Harper, KA, Meiklejohn, KA, Merritt, RT, Walker, J, Fisher, CL and Robertson, | JM. SLAS Technol. 23: 97-105.
  • (2017) Evaluation of the HID-Ion Ampliseq™ Identity Panel for the Ion Torrent™ PGM™ sequencer.Meiklejohn, KA and Robertson, JM. | Forensic Sci Int Gen. 31: 48-56.
  • (2017) Sarcophaga maxima sp. nov. (Diptera: Sarcophagidae: Sarcophaginae), a new Australian flesh fly recognized by morphology and DNA barcoding.Meiklejohn, KA, Wallman, JF, Dowton, M and Pape T. | Meiklejohn, KA, Wallman, JF and Pape T. doi: 10.1111/aen.12272
  • (2016) Analysis of a rapid evolutionary radiation using ultra conserved elements (UCEs): Evidence for a bias in some multi-species coalescent methods.Meiklejohn, KA, Kimball, RT, Faircloth, BC, Glenn, T and Braun, EL. | Syst. Biol. 65(4): 612-627.
  • (2016) Sorting out relationships among the grouse and ptarmigan using intron, mitochondrial, and ultra-conserved element sequences.Persons, NW, Hosner, PA, Meiklejohn, KA, Braun, EL and Kimball, RT. | Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 98: 123-132.
  • (2015) 52 additional reference population samples for the 55 AISNP panel.Pakstis, A, Haigh, E, Cherni, L, Benammar-ElGaaied, A, Barton, A, Brissenden, J, Roscoe, J, Bulbul, O, Filoglu, G, Gurkan, C, Meiklejohn, KA, Robertson, JM, Li, C, Wei, Y, Soundararajan, U, Rajeevan, H, Kidd, JR and Kidd, KK. | Forensic Sci Int Gen. 19:269-271.
  • (2014) Assessing PreCR™ repair enzymes for restoration of STR profiles from artificially degraded DNA for human identification. Robertson, JM, Dineen, MS, Scott, KA, Lucyshyn, J, Saeed, M, Murphy, DL and Meiklejohn, KA. | Forensic Sci Int Gen. 12:168-180.
  • (2014) Incongruence among different mitochondrial regions: A case study using complete mitogenomes. Meiklejohn, KA, Danielson, MJ, Braun, EL, Faircloth, BC, Glenn, TC and Kimball, RT. | Mol Phylogenet. Evol.  78:314-323.
  • (2014) A preliminary framework for DNA barcoding, incorporating the multispecies coalescent. Dowton, M, Meiklejohn, KA, Cameron, SL and Walllman, JF. | Syst Biol.  64 (4):639-644.
  • (2014) The evolution of peafowl and other taxa with ocelli (eyespots): a phylogenomic approach. Sun, K, Meiklejohn, KA, Faircloth, BC, Glenn, T, Braun, EL and Kimball, RT. | Proc. R. Soc. B.  281:20140823.
  • (2013) Utility of COI, CAD and morphological data for resolving relationships within the genus of Sarcophaga (sensu lato) (Diptera: Sarcophagidae): a preliminary study. Meiklejohn, KA, Wallman, JF, Pape, T, Cameron, SL and Dowton M. | Mol. Phylogenet. Evol.  69:133-141.
  • (2013) A revised key to the Australian Sarcophagidae (Diptera) with special emphasis on Sarcophaga (sensu lato). Meiklejohn, KA, Dowton, M, Pape, T and Wallman JF. | Zootaxa.  3680 (1): 148-189.
  • (2013) DNA barcoding identifies all immature life stages of a forensically important flesh fly (Diptera: Sarcophagidae).Meiklejohn, KA, Wallman, JF and Dowton M. | J Forensic Sci. 58:184-187.
  • (2013) Updates on the taxonomy and nomenclature of the Australian Sarcophaga (sensu lato) (Diptera: Sarcophagidae), with descriptions of two new species. Meiklejohn, KA, Wallman, JF and Pape T. | Zootaxa.  3680 (1): 139-147.
  • (2013) Phylogeography of the Rickett’s big-footed bat, Myotis pilosus (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae): a novel pattern of genetic structure of bats in China. Lu, G, Lin, A, Luo, J, Blondel, DV, Meiklejohn, KA, Sun, K and Feng, J. | BMC Evol. Biol.  13:241.
  • (2012) Comprehensive evaluation of DNA barcoding for the forensically important Australian Sarcophagidae (Diptera). Meiklejohn, KA, Wallman, JF, Cameron, SL and Dowton M. | Invertebr Syst. 26:515-525.
  • (2012) Notes on the distribution of 31 species of Sarcophagidae (Diptera) in Australia, including new records in Australia for eight species. Meiklejohn, KA, Dowton, M and Wallman JF. | T Roy Soc South Aust.  136:56-64.
  • (2011) DNA-based identification of forensically important Australian Sarcophagidae (Diptera).Meiklejohn, KA, Wallman, JF and Dowton M. | Int J Legal Med. 125:27-32.