January 30, 2018 12:59 PM

Chandigarh  (Face2News)

Dr. JS Sehrawat, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Panjab University, Chandigarh been invited as Visiting Scientist at New York City Chief Medical Coroner’s office (OCME), Manhattan (New York) for the entire month of February 2018.

Dr. Sehrawat is among the top eight world forensic scientists who have been selected to this program as a credit to their academic background and experiences. OCME provides a full range of advanced services in forensic science with largest DNA crime laboratory in the world; the admission to this visiting scientist program is highly competitive, Dr. Sehrawat told. The program is designed to provide training and professional development by providing access to hands-on experience. Interest in this program has been extremely high and there are a limited number of openings each year. He has been invited to work with OCME scientists towards complex identification process of human skeletal remains of 9/11 World Trade Centre (WTC) disaster victims. Dr. Sehrawat has already been working with identification strategies of human remains excavated from an abandoned well at Ajnala (Amritsar) in March 2014.

 During his schedules of visiting scientist workings, he will also participate and present an oral scientific paper at 70th Annual Meeting of American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) being held at Washington State Convention Centre, Seattle (Washington) from 19th-24th February 2018. In his presentation, he will focus on the importance of combined use of chemical and molecular signatures of identity for provenancing unknown human skeletal remains. The funding to his travel and accommodation expenses has been sponsored by some foreign organisations in Canada, USA and also by some alumni of Panjab University, Chandigarh, settled abroad in different scientific organisations and the universities. He will leave for his USA academic tour on 30th January and will be back to his university at the end of month of February, 2018.

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