Forensic DNA Science
Thomas Wahl has worked in forensic serology, DNA sciences and comparative hair analyses for over 28 years as a testifying forensic scientist in both the government and private sectors. In 2006 Thomas Wahl accepted a staff position with North Dakota State University in the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology as the Senior Forensic DNA Analyst of the newly established Forensic DNA Facility. Mr. Wahl retired in 2006 from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept. where he was responsible for setting up the DNA Laboratory in 1995, training lab personnel, and performing the department's first DNA casework analysis. Prior to 1995, Mr. Wahl was employed in the private sector as the Forensic Supervisor of Genelex Corporation, Seattle, Washington (1993-1995) and Senior Forensic Geneticist of Analytical Genetic Testing Center, Denver, Colorado (1988-1993). In both capacities Mr. Wahl was responsible for setting up and implementing the new cutting-edge PCR technology for forensic casework applications. Mr. Wahl also served as an instructor for various forensic DNA training courses sponsored by both companies.
Mr. Wahl has also worked in two government agency forensic laboratories; the Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement Tampa Regional Crime Laboratory (1986-1988) and the Wisconsin State Dept. of Justice Milwaukee Regional Crime Laboratory (1980-1985) where his forensic career began. Mr. Wahl has testified over 300 times in circuit, federal, and international court jurisdictions and is certified by the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) as a Fellow in Molecular Biology.