Dr. Joseph DiZinno

Senior Scientist


Joseph A. DiZinno, DDS received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from Ohio State University. After practicing dentistry for approximately six years, Dr. DiZinno entered onto duty with the FBI. After being trained as an FBI Special Agent, Dr. DiZinno was assigned to the FBI Washington Field Office where he investigated cases mainly dealing with bank robberies, kidnappings and extortions. Dr. DiZinno was then assigned to the FBI Laboratory where he was qualified as a Forensic Examiner. Dr. DiZinno examined forensic evidence and testified to the results of his examinations for approximately two years before he was reassigned to the FBI Laboratory Forensic Science Research and Training Center at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia where he participated in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) research. After four years of mtDNA research and validation, Dr. DiZinno returned to the FBI Laboratory where Dr. DiZinno was selected as the Unit Chief of DNA Analysis Unit II, the Section Chief of the Scientific Analysis Section and as the Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI Laboratory. Dr. DiZinno was then selected as the FBI Assistant Director in charge of the entire FBI Laboratory where he led all FBI Laboratory case working, forensic response and administrative personnel before retiring from the FBI after twenty-two years of service to the FBI and accepting a position in the private sector. Dr. DiZinno currently serves as the Chief Scientist at Idemia-NSS where he leads the research and development efforts for Idemia-NSS biometric technology as applied to the Homeland Security, Federal Law Enforcement, Department of Defense and the Intelligence Communities. In addition, Dr. DiZinno has served as a faculty member at George Mason University for approximately five years where he continues to currently teach undergraduate and graduate level forensic science courses.


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