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Sheree Hughes-Stamm

Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D. Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University (2012)
  • B.S. Human Anatomy/Physiology, University of Queensland (1997)

sxh039@shsu.edu

Office: CFS-221D
Phone: (936) 294-4359

Areas of Expertise:
Forensic Genetics, Forensic Anthropology, Human Anatomy

Biography:

Dr. Sheree Hughes-Stamm is currently an Assistant Professor of Forensic Science and the Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Forensic Science at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) in Huntsville TX. She received her undergraduate science degree in the fields of Human Anatomy and Physiology at the University of Queensland in Australia, and has over ten years teaching experience in the fields of anatomy and human dissection, histology and forensic anthropology across various universities. She also assisted the state police service with forensic anthropology cases in her home state of Queensland.

In 2012, Sheree completed a PhD in Health Sciences (Forensic Genetics) at Bond University on the Gold Coast in Australia, investigating DNA typing methods for highly degraded samples such as those recovered from mass disasters, shipwrecks and ancient remains in conjunction with DNA repair techniques and phenotypic SNP analysis.

Dr. Hughes-Stamm is currently a commissioner on the Texas Forensic Science Commission, and a member of the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS), International Society for Forensic Genetics (ISFG), Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators (AFDAA), Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS), and the SHSU Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Research Committee. She is also the current chairwoman of the SHSU Forensic Science Graduate Standards and Admissions Committee and a current member of the SHSU Faculty Women's Advisory Committee, and previously served on the Walker County Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) group.

Dr. Hughes-Stamm was also on the executive steering committee for her state branch (QLD) of ANZFSS until she was offered an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Forensic Science at SHSU in 2012, where she continues to merge her research interests of DNA typing and forensic anthropology by investigating degraded and challenging biological samples for human identification and forensic intelligence purposes.

Research Interests:

Dr. Sheree Hughes-Stamm completed a PhD at Bond University on the Gold Coast in Australia, investigating forensic DNA typing methods for highly degraded samples such as those recovered from mass disasters, shipwrecks and ancient remains in conjunction with DNA repair techniques and phenotypic SNP analysis.

At SHSU she continues to merge her research interests of DNA typing and forensic anthropology by investigating degraded and challenging biological samples for human identification and forensic intelligence purposes. Dr. Hughes-Stamm's main research centers around improving DNA collection, room temperature DNA preservation, sample preparation, and DNA typing methods for skeletal and highly decomposed tissues for missing persons and disaster victim identification (DVI) applications.

Other current research interests include exploring alternate DNA markers (INNULs, INDELs, SNPs) and various Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)/ Massively Parallel Sequencing (MPS) technologies for forensic and intelligence purposes. These markers may be used to identify persons, or determine ancestry or phenotypic traits such as hair, eye and skin color. In addition, she investigates sample enhancement strategies for low level and degraded samples prior to MPS.

Dr. Hughes-Stamm also conducts research projects aimed to improve the collection, DNA extraction and genotyping methods from handled items (eg. "touch" samples and explosive devices), and assessing the utility and persistence of body fluid identification markers (miRNA) in environmentally challenging samples using capillary electrophoresis and MPS methods.


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