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Anne Walsh, Ph.D., M.D.
Dr. Walsh has a longstanding interest in inter-individual genetic variation and its influence on disease susceptibility. Her earlier research focused on such variation and the response to oxidative stress. More recently, she has been focused on forensic DNA testing. The power of forensic DNA testing, when correctly performed, has become evident. It has allowed the conviction of violent criminals and has led to the exoneration of wrongly accused individuals. It has also been used to identify the remains of victims of natural disasters and terrorism. The Forensic Identity regulatory program plays a significant role in ensuring the quality of forensic DNA testing performed by private laboratories on New York State samples. Dr. Walsh is also a member of the NYS Commission on Forensic Science.
As Associate Director for Medical Affairs, Dr. Walsh provides a medical perspective on the Center’s research and regulatory activities. She also helps to plan for the future to ensure that the Center is continually positioned to play its vital role as New York’s Public Health Laboratory in promoting the health of all New Yorkers.
Dr. Walsh first came to the Wadsworth Center in 1983 as a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Lorraine Flaherty. In 1994 she returned to Wadsworth as a postdoctoral fellow and then went on to become a NIH-funded Research Scientist. In 2001, she was asked to develop a forensic DNA testing program to allow the DOH to fulfill its mandate to regulate forensic DNA testing. She was active on the National Institute of Justice sponsored World Trade Center Kindred and Data Analysis Panel and in the FBI’s Scientific Working Group on Microbial Genetics and Forensics. In 2005, she was awarded the Chandler Fellowship and went on to complete medical school and residency training. She is ABIM certified in Internal Medicine. She is currently working with others in the Department of Health on implementation of the NYS Medical Marijuana Program.