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Putting a Name and Face to Australia’s Unidentified Bones | Jodie Ward | TEDxBlighStreet

Churchill Fellow and Superstar of STEM, Dr Jodie Ward, is a Forensic DNA Specialist passionate about identifying unknown and missing persons, and providing their families with answers. She is the pioneer of NSW Health Pathology’s Specialist DNA Laboratory – a unique forensic service recovering DNA from challenging human remains. In her academic roles, she educates and inspires the next generation of forensic scientists, and conducts collaborative research to improve the DNA identification of mass disaster victims. Dr Ward is a forensic humanitarian on a mission ‘to strive, to seek, to find’ DNA solutions for improving the lives of all Australians. In her TEDx talk, Jodie discusses her journey with Forensic Biology and how DNA evidence can help identify missing persons and reunite Australian families. Dr. Jodie Ward is the Team Leader of NSW Health Pathology’s Specialist DNA Laboratory at the Forensic & Analytical Science Service and she is passionate about using forensic science to help make a difference to people’s lives.

Having established this laboratory in 2015, she has since created a specialist DNA service for the identification of human remains, being used nationally by the police and armed forces.

Dr. Ward has a PhD in forensic molecular biology from the Australian National University, and postgraduate qualifications in management and higher education. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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