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Mitch Holland

Mitch Holland

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  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Director of the Forensic Science Program
107 Whitmore Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 865-5286


Dr. Holland holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a minor in Philosophy from Hobart Collage in Geneva, New York (1984).  He earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Maryland College Park (1989) and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland where he studied Human Genetics (1990). Dr. Holland is a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, has served as an associate professorial lecturer in the Forensic Science Department at the George Washington University, and has been an adjunct faculty member at other colleges and universities.  Dr. Holland has been on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Forensic Sciences and a member of the Advisory Board of the International Journal of Legal Medicine.  He has held positions on governmental and company advisory boards (e.g., DMORT and Identigene Inc), and has been recognized by organizations for his work (e.g., by the FBI and NY City OCME). Dr. Holland was also the Senior Vice President, Operations and Laboratory Director of The Bode Technology Group. From 1991-2000, Dr. Holland held various positions at the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) in Rockville, Md., including Scientific Laboratory Director from 1993-2000.  At AFDIL, Dr. Holland was responsible for the laboratory that identified the remains of 1st Lt Michael Blassie (the Vietnam Unknown Soldier) and Tsar Nicholas Romanov. Dr. Holland has had extensive experience over the last 20 years with human remains identification cases, including the identification of victims from the World Trade Center disasters and from numerous commercial airline accidents.


Dr. Holland has given hundreds of lectures and/or presentations on forensic DNA analysis (many at professional conferences and seminars), and has published 40 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and other manuscripts.  In addition, Dr. Holland has been qualified in numerous courts of law as an expert in forensic DNA analysis.  Finally, Dr. Holland has established a consulting firm ( to support the legal, law enforcement and crime laboratory communities.