Dr. Rachel Houston is currently an Assistant Professor at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. In Fall of 2018, Dr. Houston joined the department of Forensic Science as an Assistant Professor.
Dr. Houston's research interests include a variety of topics that range from innovative technologies applied to human identification to non-human forensic genetics. Current and past projects at STAFS include the evaluation of an innovative DNA collection device with mock disaster victim identification (DVI) type samples, the optimization of a direct PCR method for challenging forensic samples, and improving the recovery of human DNA from forensically relevant insects.
- Poster - Direct PCR using microFLOQ®direct swabs with a modified QIAGEN Investigator 24plex GO! protocol from decomposing human remains for DVI applications
- Presentation - Direct PCR using microFLOQ® Direct Swabs with a Modified QIAGEN Investigator 24plexGO! Protocol from Decomposing Human Remains for DVI Applications
- Poster - A modified direct PCR protocol for DVI applications using microFLOQ®direct swabs from decomposing human remains coupled with the QIAGEN Investigator 24plex GO! kit