Biography

Dr. Meehan, the forensic DNA Expert, received his Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. After receiving his degree, he accepted a position as Head of Population Genetics and Stock Identification Program at the School of Marine Science, College of William and Mary. In this position he directed graduate students and led research projects in molecular genetic techniques.

Dr. Meehan joined Genetic Design, Inc. as an Associate Director of Paternity Analysis. In this position he assisted with the supervision of technical operations of the paternity laboratory, developed laboratory information systems, and participated with the development of one of the first robust multi-race database of DNA, RFLP, information for paternity analysis. Dr. Meehan also began serving as a laboratory inspector for the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), the agency that develops industry standards, inspects and accredits paternity testing laboratories.

From 1991 through 1998 Dr. Meehan served as the Director and consultant for progressive human identity testing laboratories including Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), National Legal Laboratories, LifeCodes, CellMark, Reliagene, and Scales Biological Laboratory. During this time he was actively involved in the advancement of DNA technology in the areas of relationship and forensic DNA analysis. 

In 1998 Dr. Meehan established DNA Security, Inc. and in 2004 his laboratory was accredited for forensic DNA analysis by the American Association of Laboratory Directors – Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD-LAB). Under Dr. Meehan’s direction DNA Security, Inc. launched one of the first programs to use forensic DNA analysis as a true investigative tool. In 2008 this innovative program was awarded the August Vollmer Award for Excellence in Forensic Science by a Law Enforcement Agency by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

In 2009, Dr. Meehan became Director of Forensics at IntelliGenetics, LLC.

Currently, in addition to consulting as a DNA Forensic Expert, Dr. Meehan is an Associate Professor of Forensic Biology at Ohio Northern University.

Professional Positions

  • Associate Professor of Forensic Biology (2012)Ohio Northern University
    Teach forensic science courses including Forensic Biology, Forensic DNA, and Crime Scene Investigation.
  • Faculty.Instructor (2010),   Technical College of the Low Country
    Instruct Biology courses and provide guidance to students.  Participated in departmental committees/functions as needed. 
  • Director of Forensics & Technical Leader  (2009 – 2010). IntelliGenetics, LLC.
    Direct the technical operations of the forensic laboratory, continuing education programs, proficiency programs, and accreditation/certification compliance.
  • Faculty Instructor (2001 – 2008)  Biotechnology Department,  Alamance  Community College
    Instructed General Biology and Zoology courses.  Participated as a committee member on the departmental Biotechnology Curriculum review committee. 
  • Laboratory Director and Executive Vice President (1998 – 2008).   DNA Security, Inc.
    Provided leadership for technical operations of the laboratory, continuing education programs,  proficiency   programs, and accreditation/certification compliance.  Hired and trained all technical staff to meet the quality standards of American Association of Laboratory Directors (ASCLD-Lab) and FBI Audit document.   
  • Director of Laboratory Automation System (1998 – 2003).   Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp)
  • Associate Director (1991 – 1993).  Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp)
    Designed comprehensive laboratory automation system and provided leadership and training for team of technicians specialized in laboratory robotic systems.  Worked as a team member reviewing paternity case reports, conducting ongoing quality assessments of the laboratory, and participating in research and development of new laboratory procedures.
  • Laboratory Director (1993- 1998).    National Legal Laboratories
    Managed all laboratory technical and marketing operations.  
  • Associate Director.  (1990-1993).   Genetic Design, Inc
    Conducted paternity case reviews and supervised the technical operations for paternity analysis.  
  • Assistant Professor  (1986-1990).  College of William and Mary
    Started marine fisheries stock identification program using molecular/genetic markers.  Supervised team of graduate students in applied and developmental research  products that included mtDNA RFLP analysis, isozyme analysis, and quantitative protein analysis as genetic markers for population studies.

Publications

  • Meehan, B.W. and D. Myers.  2010.  DNA in criminal and civil cases: case reviews.  South Carolina Association of Legal Investigators Spring Conference Annual Meeting and Educational Seminar.  Charleston, SC.  May 2010. 
     
     
  • Meehan, B.W. 2010.  DNA analysis for private investigators.  North Carolina Association of Private Investigators Spring Conference and Seminar.  Hickory NC.  April 2010
     
     
  • Berger, B., J. Blackledge, and B.W. Meehan.  2007.  DNA evolves into a community-level investigative tool for common crimes: It’s not just for court anymore.  International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference.  Orlando, FL. October 2007.
     
     
  • Meehan, B.W.  2007.  The future of DNA indexing systems.  11th Annual Southeast Law Enforcement Training Seminars.  Lawrenceburg, TN.  June 2007.
     
     
  • Meehan, B.W.  2007.  Local DNA indexing systems as an effective tool for crime investigation and prevention. Mississippi Prosecutors Association Annual Meeting.  Tunica, MS. April 2007
     
     
  • Meehan, B.W. 2007.  Haystack – a software program for analysis of Y-chromosome mixture profiles.  Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators.  Texas. August 2007.
     
     
  • Meehan, B.W. and J. Mason.  1998.  PCR DNA analysis of AMPFLP loci: information for parentage testing assessors.  Parentage Testing Assessor’s Workshop, 51st Annual Meeting, American Association of Blood Banks, New Orleans LA.

     
  • Meehan, B.W.  1994.  DNA tests for Paternity.  Enforcement Support Seminar, Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council and Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, June 1994.  
     
     
  • Stacey, T.D., B.W. Meehan, J.W. Mason and R.W. Cotton.  1994.  Chemiluminescent detection of restriction fragment length Polymorphisms (RFLP).  American Association of Forensic Scientists 46th Annual Meeting.  San Antonio, TX.  February 1994.
     
     
  • Meehan, B.W., R.W. Staub, S. Creacy and R.A. Bever.  1991.  Allele frequency distribution of five single locus probes within and among populations in North America.  International Congress of Human Genetics.  Washington, D.C. October 1991.
     
     
  • Bever, R.A., R.W. Staub and B.W. Meehan.  1991.  Characterization of five VNTR loci by HaeIII RFLP analysis:  Applications to paternity testing.  Proceedings from the Second International Congress of Human Genetics.  Scottsdale, AZ. Pages 132-147.
     
     
  • Meehan B.W. and D. Scoles.  1989.  Isolation and restriction fragment analysis of mitochrondrial DNA from the decapod crustacean, Callinectes sapidus.  Bull. Mar. Sci.,46:247-248.
     
     
  • Meehan, B.W., J.T. Carlton, R. Wenne.  1989.  Genetic affinities of the bivalve Macoma balthica from the pacific coast of North America: Evidence for recent introduction and historical distribution.  Mar. Biol.,102:235-241.
     
     
  • Meehan, B.W. and D. Scoles.  1988.  Application of molecular genetic techniques for understanding blue crab life history dynamics. J. Shell. Res.,7:196.
     
     
  • Meehan, B.W.  1988.  A genetic comparison of Macoma balthica from San Francisco Bay (California) and Coos Bay ( Oregon), U.S.A.  J. Nat. Shell. Assoc.,7:170.
     
     
  • Mann, R., B.W. Meehan, J.S. Ranier, V.S. Kennedy, R.E.I. Newell and W.E.F. Heukelem.  1987.  Influence of Low oxygen tension in the larvae and post-settlement stages of the oyster, Crassostrea virginica.  In Dissolved Oyygen in the Chesapeake Bay.  G.B. Mackiernam, ed. Maryland Seagrant Publication (TS-87-03).
     
     
  • Beukema, J.J. and B.W. Meehan.  1985.  Latitudinal variation in linear growth and other shell characteristics of Macoma balthica.  Mar. Biol.,90:27-33.
     
     
  • Meehan, B.W.  1985  A genetic comparison of Macoma balthica from the eastern and western North Atlantic.  Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser., 13:41-60.
     
     
  • Meehan, B.W. and R. Diaz.  1985.  Macoma balthica labial palps.  J. Moll. Stud., 50:231-232.
     
     
  • Buckland, K.L. and B.W. Meehan.  1978.  Feeding habits of the sea star: Arterias forbesi.  Sea Secrets,22:10-11.

    Republished in Science Digest, 85:95-97.