Last Name

Robin Cotton, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentAnatomy & Neurobiology
Address72 E. Concord St Silvio Conte (K)
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 638-1952
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0001-6391-1731
Other Positions
TitleGraduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences

 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. Cotton is the Director of the Biomedical Forensic Sciences Program and teaches courses in Forensic DNA Analysis. She is an expert in the fields of DNA identification and analysis of biological evidence, whereby she has testified in over 200 cases – including numerous high profile cases – around the country. In October of 2006 Dr. Cotton joined the faculty at the Boston University School of Medicine to be the Director of the Biomedical Forensic Sciences Program. Dr. Cotton comes to the University from the Orchid Cellmark Laboratories in Germantown, Maryland where she was the Laboratory Director. She received her Ph.D in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of California at Irvine and then she completed post-doctoral research with Dr. Roger Chalkley at the University of Iowa.

Her Expertise include: Forensic DNA testing of evidence in criminal cases; DNA extraction methods and DNA separation via capillary electrophoresis; Interpretation of forensic DNA data when only small amounts are available.

 Self-Described Keywords
  • Molecular Biology
  • Forensic DNA Analysis
Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.
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  1. Cotton RW, Fisher MB. Review: Properties of sperm and seminal fluid, informed by research on reproduction and contraception. Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2015 Sep; 18:66-77. PMID: 25817211.
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  2. Hennekens CM, Cooper ES, Cotton RW, Grgicak CM. The effects of differential extraction conditions on the premature lysis of spermatozoa. J Forensic Sci. 2013 May; 58(3):744-52. PMID: 23550664.
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  3. Bregu J, Conklin D, Coronado E, Terrill M, Cotton RW, Grgicak CM. Analytical thresholds and sensitivity: establishing RFU thresholds for forensic DNA analysis. J Forensic Sci. 2013 Jan; 58(1):120-9. PMID: 23130820.
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  4. Grgicak CM, Urban ZM, Cotton RW. Investigation of reproducibility and error associated with qPCR methods using Quantifiler® Duo DNA quantification kit. J Forensic Sci. 2010 Sep; 55(5):1331-9. PMID: 20629910.
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  5. Horsman KM, Hickey JA, Cotton RW, Landers JP, Maddox LO. Development of a human-specific real-time PCR assay for the simultaneous quantitation of total genomic and male DNA. J Forensic Sci. 2006 Jul; 51(4):758-65. PMID: 16882216.
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  6. Cotton RW, Word CJ. Commentary on: Thompson WC, Taroni F, Aitken CGG. How the probability of a false positive affects the value of DNA evidence. J Forensic Sci 2003;48(1):47-54. J Forensic Sci. 2003 Sep; 48(5):1200; author reply 1202. PMID: 14535702.
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  7. Walsh DJ, Corey AC, Cotton RW, Forman L, Herrin GL, Word CJ, Garner DD. Isolation of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) from saliva and forensic science samples containing saliva. J Forensic Sci. 1992 Mar; 37(2):387-95. PMID: 1500889.
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  8. Cotton RW, Forman L, Word CJ. Research on DNA typing validated in the literature. Am J Hum Genet. 1991 Oct; 49(4):898-903. PMID: 1897533.
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  9. Tonelli LA, Markowicz KR, Anderson MB, Green DJ, Herrin GL, Cotton RW, Dykes DD, Garner DD. Use of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) fingerprints for identity determination: comparison with traditional paternity testing methods--Part I. J Forensic Sci. 1990 Nov; 35(6):1265-9. PMID: 2262765.
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  10. Markowicz KR, Tonelli LA, Anderson MB, Green DJ, Herrin GL, Cotton RW, Gottschall JL, Garner DD. Use of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) fingerprints for identity determination: comparison with traditional paternity testing methods--Part II. J Forensic Sci. 1990 Nov; 35(6):1270-6. PMID: 2124609.
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  11. Kriss J, Herrin G, Forman L, Cotton R. Digestion conditions resulting in altered cut site specificity for HinfI. Nucleic Acids Res. 1990 Jun 25; 18(12):3665. PMID: 1972980.
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  12. Lundgren B, Cotton R, Lundgren JD, Edman JC, Kovacs JA. Identification of Pneumocystis carinii chromosomes and mapping of five genes. Infect Immun. 1990 Jun; 58(6):1705-10. PMID: 2160429.
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  13. Cotton RW, Goldman D. Review of the molecular biology of the human alcohol dehydrogenase genes and gene products. Adv Alcohol Subst Abuse. 1988; 7(3-4):171-82. PMID: 3066190.
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  14. Cotton RW, Hamkalo BA. Nucleosome dissociation at physiological ionic strengths. Nucleic Acids Res. 1981 Jan 24; 9(2):445-57. PMID: 7208356.
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  15. Cotton RW, Manes C, Hamkalo BA. Electron microscopic analysis of RNA transcription in preimplantation rabbit embryos. Chromosoma. 1980; 79(2):169-78. PMID: 6156807.
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