Develop skills in DNA Analysis

Unleash the power of DNA evidence! Madonna University's DNA Analysis Certificate program equips you with the in-demand skills to excel in forensic science. This intensive certificate program provides a solid foundation in DNA analysis techniques used in crime laboratories. 

Elevate Your Forensic Science Career 

This certificate program complements your bachelor's degree in criminal justice or forensic science, allowing you to deepen your expertise in a crucial and growing field. You'll gain valuable knowledge in: 

  • Recovering DNA profiles from crime scene evidence using advanced techniques. 
  • Understanding the science behind DNA and its role in forensic identification.
  • Analyzing DNA data and interpreting results for legal proceedings. 
  • Thinking critically to solve problems encountered during DNA analysis. 
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Unlock Career Opportunities 

The ability to analyze DNA evidence is a sought-after skill in today's forensic science field. Earning Madonna University's DNA Analysis Certificate opens doors to exciting careers in various settings, including: 

  • Crime Laboratories: Become a vital member of a crime lab team, assisting in processing evidence, analyzing DNA samples, and preparing reports for legal proceedings. 
  • Law Enforcement Agencies: Support law enforcement investigations by providing expert analysis of DNA evidence from crime scenes. 
  • Medical Examiner/ Coroner's Offices: Aid in the identification of deceased individuals and contribute to solving suspicious death cases through DNA analysis. 
  • Private Forensic Laboratories: Offer your expertise to defense or prosecution teams in legal cases requiring DNA analysis. 
  • Research Laboratories: Contribute to the advancement of forensic science by participating in research on new DNA analysis techniques and technologies. 


This certificate program equips you with the foundational knowledge and practical skills to pursue a rewarding career path in the ever-evolving field of forensic science. While some of these careers may require a bachelor's degree or further education, this certificate provides a strong addition to your existing education path. To discuss specific career opportunities and potential next steps, we encourage you to speak with your program director or success coach. 

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Gain In-Demand Skills in DNA Analysis

Become a competitive candidate in the forensics field with a DNA Analysis Certificate from Madonna University. 



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Faculty Bios

Jessica ZarateAssistant Professor, Forensic Science

M.S. National University

B.S. Madonna University

B.H.S. Ferris State University



Jessica Zarate

Ms. Jessica Zarate, MS is currently an assistant professor in the FEPAC accredited undergraduate Forensic Science Program at Madonna University teaching forensic science coursework including impression and pattern evidence. She was a Michigan certified police officer for eight years and is the inventor of the Zar-Pro™ Fluorescent Blood Lifters (US Patent 8,025,852 B2).

She has worked in impression analysis, for over 9 years, including during her time as a Police Officer with the Northville City Police Department when she collaborated with Michigan State Police Northville Forensic Science Laboratory, Latent Print Unit with research and development in the area of impression enhancement.

Her research work is focused within the impression evidence discipline, publishing on a fluorogenic method for lifting, enhancing, and preserving bloody impression evidence, recovering bloody impressions from difficult substrates, including from human skin, and defining methods to create consistent and reproducible fingerprint impressions deposited in biological fluids on a variety of substrates.

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Stephanie GladyckAssistant Professor, Forensic Science

Ph.D. Wayne State University

M.S. Syracuse University

B.S. Madonna University



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Stephanie Gladyck

Dr. Stephanie Gladyck is an alumna of the Forensic Science Program at Madonna University (Class of 2013), has a MS in Forensic Science with a concentration in Forensic Biology from Syracuse University (2015), and received her PhD in Molecular Genetics and Genomics from Wayne State University’s School of Medicine (2021).

Dr. Gladyck is a mitochondrial biochemist, with experience in ancient DNA analysis, forensic anthropology, molecular biology, and genetics. You can find her teaching various forensic science, chemistry, and biology courses in The Fran. She is very excited to be back at Madonna University as a faculty member!

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