Angela Tanzillo-Swarts | Forensic Science Program

Angela Tanzillo-Swarts

Clinical Assistant Professor
Areas of Interest: Forensic Molecular Biology, Biomedical Criminalistics
Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (Honorary MBE), 2020
Queen's honour for services to the COVID response in the Cayman Islands, and particularly the outstanding contribution to the country's capacity and ability to carry out wide-scale testing.

Angela Tanzillo-Swarts CV

Experience: Over twenty years of experience in applied molecular biology, specifically forensic applications for human identity (DNA) testing for criminal and civil matters. She has served in multiple roles in domestic and international forensic science laboratories: Quality Assurance Manager, Biology/DNA Technical Leader, DNA Database Custodian, Casework CODIS administrator among others. In addition to expertise in the biology/DNA laboratory, she also possesses expertise in crime scene investigation, bloodstain pattern analysis, and forensic quality assurance. She is the Host/Creator of the science education podcast "Secrets from the Crime Lab".


Faris JS, Tanzillo-Swarts A. Allele frequencies of 15 autosomal STR loci in the Caymanian population. Int J Legal Med. (2014)

Bob Henderson, J.D. Robertson, Angela Tanzillo-Swarts, Brandi Mohler, Christina Ramirez. Introduction to Bloodstain Pattern Analysis. The Texas Engineering Extension Service. (2008)

Liu, J., Shen, J., Tanzillo-Swarts, A., Bhatia, B., Maldanado, C.M., Person, M., Lau, S., Tang, Dean G. (2003). Reduced Annexin II expression is reduced or lost in prostate cancer cells. Oncogene. 22: 1474-1485.