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Natalie Novotna

Natalie Novotna

Natalie Novotna

Pronouns: She, her, hers
Professor of Practice


Forensic Science
417A Lyman Hall

Office Hours

By appointment


  • M.S. Forensic Science with concentration in Biology (Syracuse University) – 2022
  • B.S. Biochemistry (Virginia Tech) – 2020
  • B.A. Chemistry (Virginia Tech) - 2020

Courses Taught

FSC 498 Capstone Seminar – Forensic Science

FSC 441/641 Forensic Analysis of Biological Evidence

FSC 605 Basic Laboratory Skills for Advanced Research

Biographic Overview

Natalie Novotna joins the FNSSI program in the College of Arts and Sciences in summer 2023 as a non-tenure-track professor of practice.

Prior to joining Syracuse University, Novotna worked as a researcher at Charles University, Czech Republic, where she conducted research on wildlife forensic science and non-human DNA analysis. Primary work focused on development and testing of new methods for species and individual identification of endangered animals. Secondary laboratory work was on human genealogical and paternity testing using fragmentation analysis and sequencing.

Research Interests

Whole genome amplification from a single cell, low-quality/low-quantity human and non-human DNA analysis and DNA mixture analysis


Society for Wildlife Forensic Science, Ashland, Oregon, USA – November 2022

10th ENFSI APST Working Group Meeting, Zurich, Switzerland – April 2023