Moses Schanfield

Moses Schanfield

Professor of Forensic Sciences and Anthropology
Faculty: Full-Time
2100 Foxhall Rd., NW (Mt. Vernon Campus)
Phone: 202-242-5765
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Applied and anthropological genetics, forensic genetics, paternity testing, evolutionary biology of the human immune system.

Dr. Schanfield is a forensic scientist and anthropologist who specializes in genetics.

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Current Research

His current research is on the structure of U.S. populations.

Research areas include applied genetics, forensic genetics, paternity testing, anthropological genetics, evolutionary biology of the human immune system, and human evolution and adaptation. Dr. Schanfield's work in anthropological genetics includes numerous studies using immunoglobulins and other genetic markers to trace population movements and affinities. His forensic work includes the use of genetic marker testing to solve legal issues such as paternity.


Last updated 25 July 2019



Ph.D. 1971 (Human Genetics), University of Michigan
M.A. 1969 (Anthropology), Harvard University
B.A. 1966, University of Minnesota



1996  Schanfield, M.S., Al Khayat, A., Al Shamali, F.M., Bergren, J.C. International Methods of Forensic DNA Analysis: Proceedings of the First Forensic Experts Conference, Dubai, Emirates 1994. Dubai: Bin Dasmal Printing Press.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

2008  Schanfield, M.S., Ferrell, R.E., Hossaini, A.A., Gerald, S.S., Stevenson, J.C. "Immunoglobulin allotypes in Southwest Asia: populations at the crossroads," American Journal of Human Biology 20(6):671-82.

2007  Schanfield, M.S., et al. "Immunoglobulin allotypes as a marker of population history in the Southwest Pacific." In Friedlander, J.S., ed., Genes, Language, and Culture History in the Southwest Pacific, p. 208-281. New York: Oxford University Press.

2007  Brown, R.P., Ubelaker, D.H., and Schanfield, M.S. "Evaluation of Purkait's Triangle Method for determining sexual dimorphism," Journal of Forensic Sciences 52: 553-556.

1992  Schanfield, M.S. "Immunoglobulin allotypes (GM/KM) indicate multiple funding populations on native Americans: Evidence for at least four migrations to the New World," Human Biology 64: 381-402.

Classes Taught

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BiSc/Fors 6228: Population Genetics
Fors 2103-2104: Introduction to the Forensic Sciences
Fors 6241: Forensic DNA Profiling
Fors 6246/Anth 6406: Human Genetic Variation


Last updated May 9, 2017