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Techniques & Tools Capillary Electrophoresis, Genomics & DNA Analysis, Micro/Nano-scale

Battling the Backlog

Battling the Backlog: Part I

With Sarah Lum

I started my career in capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) instrument development with laser-induced fluorescence detection, for environmental applications. While attending the Microscale Separations and Bioanalysis Conference in Canada in 2016 to present my research, I went to a forensics session and was shocked to hear about the major backlog in sexual assault cases in the US. As it stands, there’s tens of thousands of rape kits awaiting analysis in the US – that’s tens of thousands of victims whose lives could be on hold while they await justice. The injustice of it deeply affected me. Afterwards, I asked the presenter if anyone had attempted the separation using capillary electrophoresis. He said, “No! Why don’t you give it a try?” So I started working on it in my spare time.

Battling the Backlog: Part II

With Charlie Clark

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About the Author

Sarah Lum and Charlie Clark

Sarah Lum is Bioanalytical Chemistry PhD student and Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Notre Dame, Indianapolis, USA.

Charlie Clark is a PhD candidate at the Landers Group, Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia, USA.

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