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  • Research Assistant (Holland)
107 Whitmore Laboratory
University Park , PA 16802
Phone: (814) 865-5286


Charity A. Holland has 22 years of experience performing forensic DNA casework and providing human identifications. Her prior positions at Mitotyping Technologies, the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) and The Bode Technology Group gave her extensive forensic DNA casework experience, especially with difficult and challenged biological samples. Ms. Holland has been involved with noteworthy cases such as the identification of remains from several plane crash disasters (US Air Flight 427, Alaska Air Flight 261, and American Airlines Flight 587) and the identification of the Vietnam Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. She has participated in DNA casework for the International Commission on Missing Persons, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the Innocence Project. She was also a project leader for the identification of the victims of the 9/11 World Trade Center Terrorist Attacks. Ms. Holland received a B.S. in Biology from Villanova University and M.P.H. in Forensic Science from the University of California at Berkeley. She is currently a research assistant performing forensic DNA research with the Holland Research Group at Penn State University. Her main focus is characterizing DNA Damage using NGS on the Illumina MiSeq.