GARY HARMOR (ABC-BC, ABC-GKE, ABC-MB)

Laboratory Director, Chief Forensic DNA Analyst

Texas Forensic Science Commission #764

Gary Harmor is a graduate of CSU Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Forensic Science and minors in Chemistry and Biological Science. In 1978, Mr. Harmor started SERI with the late Brian Wraxall, where they spent the entire first year training many present-day criminalists, including a few laboratory directors, all over the country in serological methods. They then spent the next 34 years conducting casework in forensic biology and forensic DNA analysis. Mr. Harmor is now SERI’s Laboratory Director and a Fellow of the American Board of Criminalistics in Forensic Biology with subspecialties in Forensic Biochemistry and Forensic Molecular Biology. He is also a member of the California Association of Criminalists (CAC), the Northwest Association of Forensic Scientists, the California Association of Crime Laboratory Directors (CACLD), and the Association of Forensic Quality Assurance Managers (AFQAM). Mr. Harmor is qualified as an expert in both forensic serology and forensic DNA and has testified in hundreds of cases in 22 states, including over 20 counties in California alone, as well as in federal and military courts. He is experienced in biological screening methods and HLADQα, STR and YSTR DNA analysis. View his CV here. Contact him directly at gharmor@serological.com.

ANGELA BUTLER

Senior Forensic DNA Analyst, Laboratory Manager

Angela Butler is a graduate of the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Ms. Butler worked in medical research for three years before joining SERI in 2001 and is currently SERI’s Laboratory Manager and Senior Forensic DNA Analyst. Ms. Butler has examined hundreds of cases while at SERI and is proficient in biological screening methods, STR and YSTR DNA analysis. She is qualified as an expert in both forensic serology and forensic DNA analysis and has testified in many California counties, the states of Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Massachusetts, Florida, Alaska, Iowa, Montana, and New Mexico, and in federal courts. See her CV here. Contact her directly at abutler@serological.com.

PHILLIP HOPPER

Forensic DNA Analyst III, Technical Leader

Phillip Hopper graduated from Erskine College with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and from the University of California, Riverside with a Master of Science in Chemistry. Mr. Hopper taught chemistry at the community college level for ten years before working for the California Department of Justice as a criminalist for three years. He has been a Forensic DNA Analyst with SERI since 2010 and is currently SERI’s Technical Leader. Mr. Hopper is qualified as an expert in both forensic serology and forensic DNA analysis, and has testified in Arizona, California, Georgia, Washington, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. He is experienced in biological screening methods as well as STR, YSTR, and Mitochondrial DNA analysis. View his CV here. Contact him directly at phopper@serological.com.

ERIN LAURIE

Forensic DNA Analyst II, Assistant Technical Leader

Texas Forensic Science Commission #1997

Erin Laurie earned her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Puget Sound and her Master of Science in Forensic Science from the University of California, Davis. While at UC Davis, Ms. Laurie focused on forensic DNA analysis. For her Master’s thesis, she studied point heteroplasmy mutations in mitochondrial DNA using massively parallel sequencing. She has been at SERI since 2015, and is now a Forensic DNA Analyst II. She is experienced in biological screening methods, STR and YSTR analysis. See her CV here. Contact her directly at elaurie@serological.com.

MALLORY PAGENKOPF

Forensic DNA Analyst II

Texas Forensic Science Commission #732

Mallory Pagenkopf graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and from the University of New Haven with a Master of Science in Forensic Science. Following graduate school, Mrs. Pagenkopf worked for the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) for five years, assisting in the identification of missing service members by mitochondrial and nuclear DNA testing. She joined the SERI team in 2018 as a Forensic Analyst I. She is experienced in biological screening methods, STR, YSTR, and Mitochondrial DNA analysis. See her CV here. Contact her directly at mpagenkopf@serological.com.

EMILY REED

Forensic DNA Analyst I

Texas Forensic Science Commission #311

Emily Reed is a graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and a minor in Sociology, and from the University of Florida with a Masters of Science in Forensic DNA & Serology. Following graduate school, Ms. Reed worked as a Forensic Scientist in the Biology/DNA section of the Texas Department of Public Safety Houston Regional Crime Laboratory for four years before joining the SERI team in 2021. She is experienced in biological screening methods, STR, and YSTR analysis. See her CV here. Contact her directly at ereed@serological.com.

TESSI SHERRIN

Forensic DNA Analyst II

Tessi Sherrin received her doctorate degree from the National University of Singapore in Pharmacology with specialization in Behavioral Neuroscience.  She also has a Master’s in Applied Genetics from Bangalore University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology, Chemistry, and Zoology. Ms. Sherrin was an Assistant Researcher at the University of Hawaii from 2015-2018 and a postdoctoral fellow prior to that for eight years. She then worked at the Honolulu Police Department, HI, as a Criminalist for almost 4 years. She is presently a Forensic DNA Analyst II at SERI and is experienced in biological screening methods as well as STR and YSTR analysis. View her CV here. Contact her directly at tsherrin@serological.com.