Chicago DNA Expert Witness & Consultant

Please call 708.234.1200 or 1.866.434.2400 for more information

Court Qualified in DNA, Statistics & Biology
Criminal, Civil, and Capital Cases
Expert Analysis and Evaluation
50+ Years Combined Experience
Ph.D. Staff
Active Working forensic DNA Laboratory
Fully Accredited: AABB, ISO/IEC-17025, CLIA and NEW YORK STATE

About Us

Our staff has the expertise and validated protocols for trace DNA extractions and analysis, CODIS STR analysis, Y-STR analysis, and body fluid identification (semen, saliva, blood, and sperm).

We are dedicated to providing fast service and rapid turn-around time for all forensic DNA analysis including Serology/Biology testing. Our facility has separate office and laboratory space and is dedicated exclusively to DNA analysis.

Our laboratory contains a suite of isolated laboratory rooms where all extractions, amplifications, and analysis are performed. Capabilities include robotic liquid handling and both single and multi-capillary instrumentation.

The staff has more than 30 yrs combined molecular biological and forensic DNA experience and has previously successfully managed an annual contract for more than 8,000 cases per year.


Independent Forensics adheres to the FBI’s Quality Assurance Standards for DNA testing and is accredited by the Forensic Quality Services to ISO/IEC-17025 Standards (FQS) and subscribes external proficiency testing for both forensic and paternity accreditations. As per inspection and audit guidelines, we have a complete set of laboratory SOPs, QA/QC manuals, Staff Manuals, Safety Documentation, Employee Manuals and MSDS as required by state and federal statutes.

All paternity testing is performed according to the guidelines of the American Association of Blood Banks.

The Department of Health for the State of New York accredits all laboratories doing business in the State of New York.

Our Facility

The laboratory suite has been designed to facilitate workflow, sample storage, DNA extraction and DNA analysis. The lab suite contains general laboratory space, exhibit processing, wet bench facilities, office space and meeting rooms. The laboratory has both and DNA processing and Research and Development instrumentation. Additional secure storage, both freezer and room temperature, is availed for records, convicted offender samples and exhibits of all kinds.

Our Software

Independent Forensics has a computer tracking system that monitors all sample processing and QA/QC steps in the laboratory and is designed to assure that samples are correctly labeled, processed and analyzed in compliance with the FBI’s quality assurance and quality control standards.

The system provides a chain of custody control throughout the process of DNA profiling, insuring access to historical and real-time reporting of all steps performed.

Laboratory Directors

Dr. Karl Reich received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Cornell University and obtained his doctorate in Molecular Biology from UCLA. Dr. Reich’s postdoctoral training included work at the Institut Pasteur in Paris France and at the Stanford Medical School in Stanford, California. Karl has industrial management experience from his years at Abbott Laboratories where he directed numerous molecular biology projects in anti-infectives and diabetes.

Subsequently, he has worked in a number of biotech ventures all related to genomics, genetics, and DNA. He is presently the Chief Scientific Officer of IFI where he oversees the ISO 17025 accredited DNA laboratory and directs the research and development efforts. His services for forensic DNA case review and DNA observations are constantly in demand, and he has testified for state, federal, and international agencies and private clients.

Karl has over 30 years of scientific experience in chemistry, molecular biology, and biochemistry. He has published more than 20 research papers in first-line scientific journals and has received allowances on two molecular biology related patents. Karl has given numerous workshops and presentations domestically and internationally at forensic meetings and onsite at crime labs on body fluid identification, sperm detection and analysis, and DNA rescue techniques for better collection and recovery of touch and low copy number samples. For more details about Dr. Reich, please request his CV.

Liz (Graffy) Kopitke serves as the Forensic DNA Technical Leader, IFI’s Quality Manager, and Relationship Testing Supervisor. She has made a number of presentations on forensic biology and DNA analysis, including to the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and at the 2009 Joint Forensic Association Meeting. Ms. Kopitke joined Independent Forensics in March 2004, where she initially participated in research to develop stain identification methods for human body fluids. She transitioned into DNA analysis of paternity and forensic cases in 2005 and has testified as an expert in forensic DNA analysis in both state and federal court.

Dr. P.W. Boonlayangoor (retired), acted as the lab director and the technical leader. Dr. Boonlayangoor graduated from the Chicago Medical School and started the first private DNA paternity and forensic testing laboratory in the State of Illinois (DNA Immunogenics Institute) and he has and is actively participating in many high-profile cases around the U.S. He also co-authored many of the laws authorizing the use of DNA testing to expedite child support in Illinois.

Call for consultation and details – please ask for Dr. Karl Reich – 708-234-1200.

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Fast Turn Around Time. Our goal is to reduce turn-around time from weeks to days. Please contact us for current estimates.

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