Steen Hartsen is an instructor in the Forensic Science & Technology department at BCIT, where he teaches the Forensic Biology: DNA Typing Applications course, and has been handling the day to day operations of the BCIT Forensic DNA Lab for the past 7 years. He has been qualified as an expert witness for DNA analysis in murder and sexual assault cases.
He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta, a Bachelor of Technology in Forensics from BCIT, and a Masters of Business Administration from Royal Roads University. He has been responsible for developing and facilitating DNA based student research projects at BCIT, including recovery of DNA from challenging samples, as well as evaluating novel technologies for biological fluid screening and DNA profiling. He has also been involved in developing quality assurance documentation and processes as part of the BCIT Forensic DNA Lab’s accreditation process.