Molecular Forensics

Human DNA Identification Laboratory

The Human DNA Identity lab provides methods for determining the person of origin for biological specimens. The methods were originally established to provide information useful for engraftment monitoring following allogeneic hematopoietic transplantation. These same methods can be applied to resolve issues of parentage, as well as suspected tissue or body fluid specimen misidentification. We also provide testing of physical evidence for law enforcement agencies and private attorneys. 


In September of 2017, UNMC entered into an agreement with the city of Omaha and the Omaha Police Department to begin expanded services for forensic testing services through the Pathology and Microbiology Department.  This agreement allows for faster test results.  Our accredited lab will routinely return results within four to five days.  Visit for additional details.

Have a question or need a consultation?  Please contact:   

Mellissa Helligso, MT (ASCP), MFS
Manager, Technical Lead, Forensic DNA Analyst
Human DNA Identification Laboratory
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Work (402) 559-7220