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In episode one of the Improving the System season, Just Science interviews Dr. Jonathan McGrath, Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences at the National Institute of Justice, about the recently published NIJ Needs Assessment of Forensic Laboratories and Medical ExaminerCoroner Offices Report to Congress. Listen along as he discusses the findings of the report and the challenges faced by both forensic laboratories and medical examiner/coroner offices.  

Read the Needs Assessment of Forensic Laboratories and Medical Examiner/Coroner Offices Report

This episode of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].

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Dr. Jonathan McGrath serves as a senior policy analyst with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in the Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences located in Washington, D.C. He supports the NIJ Forensic Technology Center of Excellence program, the DOJ Needs Assessment of Forensic Laboratories and Medical Examiner and Coroner Offices, the NIJ Forensic Laboratory Needs Technology Working Group, and the NIJ Drug and Crime Program; he also serves as a vice co-chair for the Federal Medicolegal Death Investigation Working Group. Prior to joining NIJ in 2015, he served as a forensic scientist with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Laboratories and Scientific Services Directorate (CBP LSSD) in Houston, Texas, from 2007 to 2011. He worked at the CBP LSSD headquarters office in Washington, D.C., where he supported CBP’s trade, forensic, and weapons of mass destruction operations programs during 2011–2015. Dr. McGrath holds a doctoral degree in analytical chemistry from Georgia Tech, a master of science in forensic science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and bachelor of science in chemistry from the University of Dallas.


Additional Resources:

– Just Building Workforce Resilienc
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– DOJ Press Release
– Office of Justice Programs (OJP) / Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Federal Interagency Medicolegal Death Investigation Working Group (MDI-WG) Resource Page
– FLN-TWG Report