Keynote Speakers

Commissioner Karen Webb APM

NSW Police Force

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Commissioner Karen Webb joined NSW Police Force in May 1987 and has performed general duties and criminal investigations both in the metropolitan area of Sydney and Regional NSW. She has performed duties at the Child Mistreatment Unit, Drug Enforcement Agency, Detectives Training Unit and command roles at Forensic  Services Group, Local Area Commands, Operations Manager, North West Metropolitan Region  Commander, State Surveillance Branch and Assistant Commissioner Police Transport & Public Safety Command and Traffic and Highway Patrol Command.


Dr. Michelle D. Miranda

Department of Security Systems and Law Enforcement

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Dr. Michelle D. Miranda is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Security Systems and Law Enforcement Technology at Farmingdale State College, State University of New York. She has a Ph.D. in criminal justice, forensic science concentration, from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, an M.S. in forensic science, an M.Phil. in criminal justice, and a B.S. in biology.  Dr. Miranda is a diplomate with the American Board of Criminalistics and a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. She worked as a criminalist in the Trace Evidence Section of the New York City Police Department Crime Lab, and as both a medical photographer and a death investigator for regional Medical Examiner’s Offices in New York. Her background and research cover forensic science and criminalistics, detection and investigation, analytical reasoning, transnational security and sexual violence. Dr. Miranda is the author of the book Forensic Analysis of Tattoos and Tattoo Inks.

Dr Michael Pollanen,

Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology

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Dr. Michael Pollanen’s career has been spent at the interface between pathology and vulnerable populations. The approach implemented in his work has been to use the autopsy and pathological examination as a basis to study disease and injury.

His background in anatomical pathology, neuropathology, forensic pathology, and cellular and molecular pathology has provided an innovative foundation for key morphologic studies. The specific methods that Dr. Pollanen uses for his research include:

  • gross examination
  • histopathology
  • immunohistochemistry
  • protein electrophoresis and Western blotting
  • transmission electron microscopy
  • atomic force microscopy
  • postmortem cross-sectional imaging (CT and MR).

Over the years, Dr. Pollanen’s clinical and research activities have become seamlessly interwoven with international capacity development in low- and middle-income countries.

Prod Olivier Delemont,

 Université de Lausanne

Prof Anuruddhu Edirisinghe

Digital Forensic Science & Electronic Evidence

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Anuruddhi Samanthika Edirisinghe is the Carder Chair Professor of Forensic Medicine, in the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. She graduated from the North Colombo Medical College in 1995 and commenced her carrier in Forensic Medicine in 2000.  She completed her specialist training in 2006 with DLM(2001), MD(For Med)(2003), DMJ(Lond)(2005). She obtained MFFLM(UK) in 2012 based on published work. She has been working as a specialist in Forensic Medicine to the North Colombo Teaching Hospital Ragama, Sri Lanka from 2006. She was promoted as a merit professor in Forensic Medicine in 2014 and became the Carder Chair Professor of Forensic Medicine from 2017. Professor Edirisinghe is the first female to hold a forensic carder chair post in a National University in Sri Lanka. She has journal publications over 30, 2 book chapters and over 150 presentations in local/international scientific conferences. Her research interests include child abuse, sexual and gender based violence, homicides, drunken drivers, unnatural female deaths etc.