Charla Marshall is Chief of the Emerging Technologies Section at the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System’s Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFMES-AFDIL). She is a molecular anthropologist by training and has a background in ancient DNA. Marshall’s group develops and validates new MPS/NGS methods to improve DNA-assisted identification of missing US service members. Current efforts are focused on SNP-based extended kinship analyses and mitochondrial genome sequencing, both for degraded DNA and reference quality samples. Other active areas of research are DNA extraction and library preparation for improved DNA recovery. Aside from her work at the AFMES-AFDIL, Marshal is a member of the FBI’s SWGDAM body on the NGS Committee, an editorial board member of FSI:Genetics, and an adjunct professor at the Pennsylvania State University.