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Question by Ian: Does a PhD in a biological science other than forensics help in getting a job in forensic science?
If you’re already in a non-forensics biological science PhD program and think a career in forensics is for you, should you stick out the program or quit and join a forensics trainee program?
Does a job candidate with a PhD appear overqualified?
Answer by Merlin’s Feline
Ian..sure you stay in the area you are in,. many Ph.D.s have technical abilities in areas of great importance to forensic science, areas such as PCR, western blotting, GC , HPLC and other chromatographic methods, ELISAs and RIAs, wet chemical methods for bioanalytes, biostatistics, etc. Just like in Med schools where many physicians have no formal research training, the Ph.D.s do the day-to-day laboratory assays and designs of experiments . In my laboratory for example , I and my students do PCR, protein isolation/ purification, HPLC, ELISAs, tox screens, and many, more techniques useful to forensic science .
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