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MU alumnus Storts returns for DNA presentations

Doug-StortsManchester University welcomes alumnus Doug Storts as he discusses “Human Forensic DNA Analysis” on Nov. 12 and 13.

The Nov. 12 presentation, part of the Values, Ideas and the Arts series, will be offered at 7 p.m. in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus. Dr. Storts will further discuss this topic on Friday, Nov. 13, at noon in the auditorium at the Fort Wayne campus, 10627 Diebold Road. Each is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Storts will discuss the use of DNA technologies in forensic science and their application to scientific investigations of evidence related to forensics, such as a crime investigation. They have been essential to expanding the types of evidence available for use in criminal investigations.

As head of research at Promega Corp., Storts has a long list of responsibilities including: strategy and development of reagent systems for nucleic acid isolation, nucleic acid amplification (real-time and end-point), DNA sequencing, cloning, expression analysis, genotyping (human forensic, paternity and diagnostics) and ribonucleic acid interference, as well as managing external consultants and collaborators at Promega for more than 20 years.

After graduating from Manchester in 1978, Storts went to Miami University to earn his Ph.D. in microbiology and continued on to the University of Chicago for his post-doctoral research. Currently, Dr. Storts has 30 peer-reviewed publications and 55 publications in non-refereed journals/book chapters.

David Kisor, Pharm.D., at the Pharmacy Program in Fort Wayne is sponsoring the program. He believes that “the topic will be of interest to not only those in the scientific field, but also the general public.” He said this program is a great opportunity to connect students to Manchester graduates.

“Bringing in an alumnus makes the ‘connection’ between the time of being a student and the post-graduate experience,” Kisor said

For the media: For more information, contact David Kisor, Pharm.D.
Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Interim Chair of Pharmacy Practice, Manchester University

About Manchester University

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to 1,500 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy.  Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu.

November 2, 2015