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Janne Holmgren

Janne Holmgren


Dr.Janne A. Holmgren is an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice Studies and the Director of the Centre for Criminology and Justice Research at Mount Royal University. Originally studying molecular biology, Dr. Holmgren decided to combine criminology and science which led to her interest in forensic science and the use of forensic technology in the courts. Dr. Holmgren was trained in DNA statistics by Dr. Bruce Weir who testified for the prosecution in the OJ Simpson case in 1995. She was also mentored by Dr. William Thompson, who also was a participant in the OJ Simpson trial. Dr. Holmgren's research focus is on DNA evidence and the evolution of this technology in the criminal justice system. Dr. Holmgren is a guest lecturer for the Department of Sociology and the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary. In addition, Dr. Holmgren is a consultant to defence lawyers on issues related to DNA evidence. Dr. Holmgren prefers a multi-method research approach, using both statistical analysis and qualitative interviews. She is a regular presenter at regional, national, and international conferences in areas related to forensic science. Her newest interest, still related to DNA evidence, is the MAOA genotyping initiatives around the world and research related to nurturing child development and the implications of maltreatment of children.