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Jillian Conte

Assistant Professor, Forensic Biology and Faculty Coordinator for Undergraduate Research

Biological and Physical Sciences   |  Turock School of Arts and Sciences

About Me

Assistant Professor Jillian Conte comes to Keystone from the University of the Sciences, Philadelphia. Ms. Conte received her undergraduate degree from Misericordia University (2008), her master of science degree in forensic science from Cedar Crest College (2010), and her doctorate in cellular and molecular biology from the University of the Sciences (2018).

She has been an adjunct faculty member at Rutgers University; Arcadia University; Lehigh-Carbon Community College; the University of the Sciences; and online for Southern New Hampshire University and Ocean County College. She has worked professionally as a forensic biologist at NMS Labs and as a biochemist for Merck & Co.

She is an active member of the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists, International Society of Forensic Genetics, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and is the chair of the Higher Education committee of the Council of Forensic Science Educators.  She is certified in Molecular Biology by the American Board of Criminalistics.  Her research focuses in forensic assay development and optimization for human and wildlife forensic applications.

Assistant Professor Jillian (Fesolovich) Conte served as a forensic expert for the National Geographic television program, Explorer. Over the course of two days on location in Gettysburg, Pa., Jillian was involved in the search and recovery of DNA remains to help identify victims in a staged mass disaster exercise for the Strange Forensics Episode.

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  • General Biology I
  • Cell Biology
  • Forensic Biology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Forensic Microscopy and Trace Evidence
  • Ethics and Quality in Forensic Science
  • Forensic Method Validation
  • Wildlife Forensics
  • Conte, J., Potoczniak, M. J., & Tobe, S. S. (2018). Using synthetic oligonucleotides as standards in probe-based qPCR. BioTechniques, 64(4), 177-179
  • Lighthart, S., Flynn, A., Tobe, S.S., Quarino, L., Conte, J. (2018). Detection of Prostate Specific Antigen and Salivary Amylase in Vaginal Swabs Using Seratec® Immunochromatographic Assays, Twenty-ninth International Symposium on Human Identification, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Fesolovich, J.C., Potoczniak, M.J., Quarino, L., Tobe, S.S. (2018). The Development and Validation of a Dual-Genus, Multiplex Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Assay for African and Asian Elephants for Forensic Purposes, Seventieth Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, Seattle, WA.
  • Cassidy, E. M., Tobe, S.S., Fesolovich, J.C., and Stewart, A.F. (2018). The Collection of DNA From Fingerprints on Weathered Trash Bags, Seventieth Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, Seattle, WA.
  • Fesolovich, J.C., Hudgins, A., and Stanavitch, V.A. (2018). A Collaboration for Forensic Student Success: Bridging the High School-to-College Transition, Seventieth Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, Seattle, WA.
  • Chermak, M. and Fesolovich, J.C. (2017). Storage of Amplified DNA on FTA cards, Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists, Pocono Manor, PA.
  • Fesolovich, J.C. and Tobe, S. (2017). An Elephant qPCR Assay for Forensic Purposes, Proceedings of the 21st Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Scientists, Toronto, Canada.
  • Fesolovich, J.C. and Tobe, S. (2017). The Use of a Synthetic Oligonucleotide for Creating a Standard Curve for qPCR Assays, Proceedings of the 21st Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Scientists, Toronto, Canada.
  • Fesolovich, J.C. (2017). Forensic Biology in NEPA: Collaborations, Research & Education, Northeast Pennsylvania Innovation Conference, Scranton, PA.
  • Fayman, M.J., Hoey, C., Rohrbaugh, M., and Fesolovich, J.C. (2017).  The Development and Validation of a Dual-Genus Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) Assay for African and Asian Elephants for Forensic Purposes, Proceedings of the Sixty-Ninth Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, New Orleans, LA.
  • Vander Pyl, C., Coombe, D., and Fesolovich, J. (2016).  Analysis of Sand from New Jersey Beaches Using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Proceedings of the Forty-Second Northeast Association of Forensic Scientists Annual Meeting, Atlantic City, NJ.