Mark Barash, Ph.D.
Mark’s passion to forensic science began in 2001, when he joined the Division of Identification and Forensic Science (DIFS) in the Israeli Police, where he worked for almost 9 years as a forensic DNA reporting officer in the rank of Chief Inspector. During his career in Police he analyzed biological evidence from hundreds of criminal cases, including robberies, sexual assaults, homicides and terrorist attacks.
Dr. Barash’s research interests span multidisciplinary areas such as craniofacial genetics, anthropology, biometrics, forensic genealogy, secondary DNA transfer and implementation of massively parallel sequencing in operational casework. Mark’s primary research focuses on bioinformatic analysis of human and microbial DNA evidence towards prediction of externally visible traits, such as facial appearance and pigmentation, as well as other characteristics of potential investigative value on a person-of-interest.
Dr. Barash strongly believes in the importance of understanding both the strengths and the limitations of forensic science, which led him to establish a forensic consulting company “GATACA”, providing independent expert opinion and DNA testing services on criminal and civil cases for private and legal enforcement customers.
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McNevin D., Wright K., Chaseling J., Barash M. Commentary on: Bright et al. (2018) Internal validation of STRmix™ – A multi laboratory response to PCAST, Forensic Science International: Genetics, 34: 11-24. Forensic Science International: Genetics. (2019) Jul;41:e14-e17. doi: 10.1016/j.fsigen.2019.03.016.
Walton A., Moret S., Gunn P., Barash M. The frequency of fingerprint patterns separated by ethnicity and sex in a general population from Sydney, Australia. Australian Journal of Forensic Science. (2019), Vol. 51. doi.org/10.1080/00450618.2019.1569153
Prasad E, Van der Walt L, Cole A, van Oorschot RAH, Barash M, Gunn P, Raymond J. The effects of soaking for DNA recovery on the striation patterns of fired cartridge cases. Australian Journal of Forensic Science. (2019), Vol. 51. doi.org/10.1080/00450618.2019.1569144.
Phan. K., Barash M., Spindler X., Gunn P., Roux C. Retrieving forensic information about the donor through bacterial profiling. International Journal of Legal Medicine. (2019), 1-9. doi.org/10.1007/s00414-019-02069-2.
Wai K.T., Gunn P. Barash M., MitoQuant: Development of the MitoQ assay as a real-time quantification of mitochondrial DNA in degraded samples. International Journal of Legal Medicine. (2019), Vol. 133:2, 411-417. doi: 10.1007/s00414-018-1956-8.
Walton A., Moret S., Gunn P., Barash M. Comment on “Linkage analysis of a model quantitative trait in humans: finger ridge count shows significant multivariate linkage to 5q14.1” by Medland et al., “Common Genetic Variants Influence Whorls in Fingerprint Patterns” by Ho et al. and “Hot on the Trail of Genes that Shape Our Fingerprints” by Walsh et al. Forensic Science International: Genetics. (2018), Vol.36, pp.e14-e16.
Wai K.T., Barash M., Gunn P. Performance of the Early Access AmpliSeq™ Mitochondrial Panel with degraded DNA samples using the Ion Torrent™ platform. Electrophoresis. 2018 Nov;39(21):2776-2784. doi:10.1002/elps.201700371.
Ruan T., Barash M., Gunn P. Investigation of DNA transfer onto clothing during regular daily activities. International Journal of Legal Medicine. (2018), 132(4):1035-1042. doi: 10.1007/s00414-017-1736-x.
Barash M., Bayer P. E., van Daal A. Identification of the Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms Affecting Normal Phenotypic Variability in Human Craniofacial Morphology Using Candidate Gene Approach. Journal of Genetics and Genome Research. (2018), Vol. 5:1. doi: 10.23937/2378-3648/1410041.
Voskoboinik A., Amiel M., Reshef A., Gafny R., Barash M. Laundry in a washing machine as a mediator of secondary and tertiary DNA transfer. International Journal of Legal Medicine. (2018), 132 (2), 373-378.