The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences presents the 2019 Topics in Forensic Science (TIFS) Conference: Forensic Biology & DNA - Current Trends and Emerging Practices, providing a forum to promote education and research, to discuss current and emerging investigative techniques in forensic biology & DNA, and to encourage interdisciplinary communication in the forensic sciences.


Featured Presentations:

Which to Use: Familial DNA, Genealogy, or Genetic Phenotype in Forensic Investigations

- Rockne Harmon, J.D., Forensic/Cold Case Consultant

Cold Case Solved: Identification of a Suspect for the Golden State Killer
Using Investigative Genealogy

- Barbara Rae-Venter, J.D., Ph.D., Investigative Genealogy Consultant

Cold Case Investigation: Christy Mirack

- Christine Wilson, J.D., Assistant District Attorney,

- Christopher Erb, Detective, and

- Larry Martin, Detective 
           - Office of the District Attorney of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

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Continuing Education:

American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) – The American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators authorizes accreditation for this training for up to 9.25 ABMDI credit hours.  Attendees should claim only those hours of continuing education that they spent in the educational activity.


Continuing Legal Education (CLE) - This course is accredited by the State Bar of Texas for 10.0 CLE credit hours.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) - The Harris County Institute of Forensic Science is accredited by the Texas Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences designates this LIVE activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) - TCOLE credit hours for this training activity will be submitted by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Training Academy.

Only 34 spots available for this event.
Register to secure your seat today. 


$105 Registration Fee* for our highly anticipated,

two-day conference covering forensic biology and DNA.

Improved Registration Process:

Group registration and group payment is now available.

Who Should Attend?

• Detectives
• Investigators
• Law Enforcement Officers
• Prosecutors
• Public Defenders
• Private Attorneys
• Judges
• Educators
• Researchers
• Forensic DNA Analysts
• Forensic Investigators
• Medical Examiners/Coroners
• Crime Scene Investigators
• Forensic Anthropologists
• Forensic Scientists
• Forensic Science Partners
• Students

* Parking with in/out privileges provided at no extra fee. Lunch on both days is off-site and at your own expense, with many local restaurants near the Texas Medical Center for your selection.


HCIFS Training and Development Manager



Location Information:
1861 Old Spanish Trail
Houston, TX 77054

Past Conference:

2018 TIFS Conference