Claire L. Glynn, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor
Research Coodinator

Forensic Science Department
Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences

Ph.D., Molecular Medicine, National University of Ireland Galway, School of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences.
B.S., Pharmaceutical and Forensic Analysis, Limerick Institute of Technology, Department of Applied Sciences.
B.A., Psychology, Sociology, and Politics, National University of Ireland Galway

About Claire

Dr. Glynn formerly worked as a forensic examiner at LGC Forensics in Oxfordshire, England. LGC Forensics is the United Kingdom’s leading forensic science provider, covering the major casework for more than 70 percent of the UK’s police forces. Dr. Glynn worked in the forensic biology department, within the homicide and sexual assaults team, which has investigated some of the UK’s most high-profile crimes.

For her Doctoral degree, Dr. Glynn chose to pursue cancer research, specifically breast cancer, as she wanted her research to be truly impactful, translational, and patient oriented. The research team that Dr. Glynn worked with is world renowned in the field of breast cancer research. The molecular profiling skills she learned throughout her Ph.D. research are now being applied to forensic applications for the identification of forensically relevant body fluids.

Dr. Glynn, who joined the University of New Haven in the fall of 2014, teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes in forensic science. She leads courses focused on forensic biology/forensic DNA analysis, Forensic Genetic Genealogy, and general forensic science classes. Dr. Glynn has also led study abroad programs to Ireland and England in the summers of 2017 and 2019 that enabled students to gain an international perspective of the forensic science and biotechnology industries in those countries.

Dr. Glynn's research interests include body-fluid identification and interpretation, DNA analysis including Rapid DNA analysis, RNA analysis, and Forensic Genetic Genealogy. Her research focuses on the development and utilization of novel molecular markers, such as microRNAs, Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNPs), Short Tandem Repeat (STR), and DNA Methylation markers. Dr. Glynn is a Faculty Advisor within the Center for the Forensic Investigation of Trafficking in Persons, which aims to combat the Human Trafficking epidemic through the use of novel forensic genetic methods. Dr. Glynn also created, and coordinates, the online Graduate Certificate in Forensic Genetic Genealogy.

Dr. Glynn was awarded the University of New Haven’s Faculty Excellence in Research and Creative Activity in 2017. She also was designated a University Research Scholar for 2017-2020.

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Recently Published Articles

Glynn CL. Potential applications of microRNA profiling to forensic investigations. RNA (New York, N.Y.). 2020 Jan;26(1):1-9. DOI: 10.1261/rna.072173.119.

Moloney, B.M., Gilligan, K.E., Joyce, D.P., O’Neill, C.P., O’Brien, K.P., Khan, S., Glynn, C.L., Waldron, R.M., Maguire, C.M., Holian, E., Naughton, E., Elhadi, M., Grealish, A.B., Malone, C., McDermott, E., Dockery, P., Ritter, T., Prina-Mello, A., Kerin, M.J., Dwyer, R.M. Investigating the Potential and Pitfalls of EV-Encapsulated MicroRNAs as Circulating Biomarkers of Breast Cancer. Cells 2020, 9, 141.

O’Leary, K, Glynn, CL. (2018) Investigating the extraction and amplification of microRNAs for the identification of forensically relevant body fluids. microRNA. DOI : 10.2174/2211536607666180430153821

O'Brien KP, Khan S, Gilligan KE, Zafar H, Lalor P, Glynn C, O'Flatharta C, Ingoldsby H, Dockery P, De Bhulbh A, Schweber JR, St John K, Leahy M, Murphy JM, Gallagher WM, O'Brien T, Kerin MJ, Dwyer RM (2018) Employing mesenchymal stem cells to support tumor-targeted delivery of extracellular vesicle (EV)-encapsulated microRNA-379. Oncogene-Nature. doi:10.1038/s41388-017-0116-9

Schlagetter, T., Kammrath, B., Glynn, CL. (2017). The Use of Raman Spectroscopy for the Identification of Forensically Relevant Body Fluid Stains. Spectroscopy, 32 (12): 19-22

Hartley G, Glynn CL (2017) A Comparative Analysis of Protein and Peroxidase Blood Enhancement Reagents Following Laundering and their Impact on DNA Recovery. Journal of Forensic Research and Analysis, 1(1): 1-5

Schlagetter T and Glynn CL. The Effect of Fabric Type and Laundering Conditions on the Detection of Semen Stains. International Journal of Forensic Sciences, 2(2): 1-5.

Clancy, C., Khan, S., Glynn, CL., Holian, E., Dockery, P., Lalor, P., Brown, J., Joyce, MR., Kerin MJ., Dwyer, RM. (2016). Screening of exosomal microRNAs from colorectal cancer cells. Cancer Biomarkers, 17(4): 427-435.

Waters PS, Dwyer RM, Brougham C, Glynn CL, Wall D, Hyland P, Duignan M, McLoughlin M, Newell J, Kerin MJ. (2015) Impact of tumour epithelial subtype on circulating microRNAs in breast cancer patients. PloS one. 2014;9(3):e90605.

Glynn CL, Khan, Sonja, Kerin, Michael J., Dwyer, Roisin M. (2013) Isolation of secreted microRNAs (miRNAs) from Cell-conditioned Media. MicroRNA. 2013;2(1):14-9.

Courses Taught
  • FORS 2216 Introduction to Forensic Science I
  • FORS 4403 Forensic Biology with Lab
  • FORS 4455 International Perspectives of the Forensic Science Industry
  • FORS 6620 Advanced Criminalistics I
  • FORS 6621 Advanced Criminalistics I Laboratory
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