Arthur J. Eisenberg, Ph.D.
Professor Department of Pathology and Anatomy and Director DNA Identity Laboratory University of North Texas Health Science Center Fort Worth, Texas USA
Dr. Eisenberg received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the State University of New York at Albany, USA in 1984. In 1984, he joined Actagen Corporation which later became Lifecodes Corporation and helped establish the first DNA Paternity and Forensic Laboratories in the world.
Over the past 23 years, he has been responsible for the development of many of the systems and methodologies used in the field of DNA Identification Testing. He has been a member of the FBI’s Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methodologies for the past 16 years. In November of 1989, he joined the faculty at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. In 2004 he was promoted to Full Professor in the Department of Pathology and Human Identification, with a duel appointment in the Department of Cell Biology and Genetics.
He is the Director of the DNA Identity Laboratory at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, Texas, and the University of North Texas System, Center for Human Identification. As Director, he has been responsible for developing a state-of-the-art reference laboratory utilizing DNA methodologies for the determination of paternity, forensic identification, and the diagnosis of other genetic diseases.
Dr. Eisenberg has maintained an actively funded research program supported by the National Institute of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 1995 he was appointed by the Director of the FBI to the United States DNA Advisory Board (DAB) and in 1998 was named Chairman of the Board.
Through a 2001 Texas legislative directive, the UNTHSC DNA Identity Laboratory was tasked with the establishment of the Texas Missing Persons DNA Database (TMPDD). It was the first operational State Crime Laboratory in the country dedicated to the identification of human remains from victims of violent crimes. For the past several years, his lab has been funded by the National Institute of Justice, to perform DNA analysis on Unidentified Human Remains and the Family Reference Samples required for the identification of Missing Persons throughout the United States.
Dr. Eisenberg has served on numerous other committees including those for the United States Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, the American Association of Blood Banks Parentage Testing Standards Committee, and currently serves on the College of American Pathologists Histocompatability/Human Identity Testing Proficiency Committee. Following the events of 9-11, Dr. Eisenberg was asked to serve on the Kinship and Data Analysis Panel established by the National Institute of Justice to assist the New York Medical Examiners Office in the Identification of the remains from the World Trade Center Disaster.
In 2005 he was appointed to the United States Department of Justice Missing Persons Task Force created by the Deputy Attorney General, the Governor of Virginia appointed him to their states Scientific Advisory Board, and the Texas Attorney General appointed him to the Texas Forensic Review Board. He has been an invited speaker and has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America.