One of the key aims of the meetings was to promote international data cooperation to solve crimes and prevent terrorism. Hampikian presented work done in his Boise State University lab that has led to exonerations in China, Taiwan, Italy and the U.S.; highlighting practices to prevent miscarriages of justice.
“It was amazing to learn about the challenges that forensic scientists in the Middle East and Asia face in combating terrorism and fighting crime. I was especially encouraged by the desire to implement best practices to safeguard DNA and prevent accidental miscarriages of justice. I learned a lot about the region, and about new DNA techniques in development,” he said.
Hampikian also met with students from local universities who were interested in forensic science careers.