Leadership

PTC Laboratories’ dedicated, talented scientific staff and board members consist of leaders in the genetic testing community and are committed to excellence. GeneTrait’s Medical Director, Dr. Judith Miles M.D., Ph.D. was the Genetics Consultant to the State of Missouri for more than 25 years and is the former Director of the Division of Medical Genetics for the University of Missouri, School of Medicine. GeneTrait’s laboratory director, supervisors and managers each have more than 20 years experience in high throughput, high quality DNA testing in a demanding environment.

Judith Miles, M.D., Ph.D. | Medical Director

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  • Served for 25 years as:
  • MU Chair of the Medical Genetics Department
  • Genetic consultant to the State of Missouri

Charlotte Phillips, Ph.D. | Laboratory Director

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  • Served for 25 years as:
  • Board Certified in Medical Genetics
  • 25 years as a biochemistry and genetics researcher who has successfully developed testing for rare and population specific genetic diseases

Kim Gorman | President

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  • Worked on the Human Genome Project in 1990-1994 with David Schlessinger at Washington University
  • First forensic scientist implementing DNA STR testing at the St. Louis City Police Department
  • A founder of PTC Laboratories, Inc. and GeneTrait Laboratories

Michelle Beckwith | Clinical Laboratory Supervisor

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  • Student on the Human Genome Project at Washington University
  • DNA Identification Leader for Hurricane Katrina victims
  • A founder of PTC Laboratories, Inc. and GeneTrait Laboratories

Kim Gorman, President has a degree in chemistry. Kim worked for three years on the Human Genome Project (an international effort to map the location of DNA throughout human chromosomes) at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, then spent three years as a DNA Criminalist with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Crime Laboratory. Kim has been the laboratory supervisor for PTC Laboratories since it opened in 1996. She oversees all aspects of paternity and forensic testing performed by PTC Laboratories.Back To Top

Michelle Beckwith, Vice President has a degree in Chemistry, B.S and is a DNA analyst with a background in population statistics. Michelle worked on the Human Genome Project (an international effort to map the location of DNA throughout human chromosomes) at the Washington University School of Medicine before joining PTC Laboratories in 1996 and also participated in the Hurricane Katrina DNA Identification Project as the DNA Data Review Team Leader. She is the Paternity Supervisor for PTC Laboratories. Back To Top

Scott Johnson received a B.S. in Biology, with an emphasis in molecular biology, from the University of Missouri. Prior to joining PTC Laboratories, he worked as a research technician at the University of Missouri and as an intern at the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime lab. Scott has been with PTC Laboratories since 1999 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Forensic DNA and Serology from the University of Florida. Back To Top

Judith Miles, M.D., Ph.D. is PTC Laboratories’ Medical Director. In addition to her medical degree Dr. Miles has a Ph.D. in cytogenetics. She is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Dr. Miles is a Board Certified medical geneticist and is also Board Certified in pediatrics. Back To Top

Charlotte Phillips, Ph.D. is PTC Laboratories’ Laboratory Director. Dr. Phillips is also an Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Child Health, Division of Medical Genetics, University of Missouri, Columbia. Dr. Phillips is Board Certified in clinical molecular genetics by the American Board of Medical Genetics.

Karol Elias, Ph.D. is PTC Laboratories’ Co-Laboratory Director–Forensics. Dr. Elias came to PTC Laboratories from the Anne Arundel County Police Department Crime Laboratory in Maryland. Dr. Elias has a Ph.D. in biology and a master’s degree in forensic science. Dr. Elias has the unusual combination of a doctoral degree in biological science plus specific academic training and experience in forensics, including human identity testing. Back To Top

Christian Carson, Ph.D. is a PTC Laboratories Co-Laboratory Director. Dr. Carson came to PTC Laboratories from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Dr. Carson’s background is in molecular genetics. He received a Ph.D. in 1993 from the University of Florida. Dr. Carson brings to PTC Laboratories many years of experience in gene mapping and chromosome analysis.Back To Top

Michael J. Calcutt, Ph.D. is one of PTC Laboratories Associate Laboratory Directors. Dr. Calcutt has a Ph.D. in biochemistry. Dr. Calcutt is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri–Columbia. He has served on the Editorial Board of the ASM journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, and is an ad hoc reviewer for several other scientific publications. Back To Top

Additional Scientists
PTC Laboratories has many additional scientists on staff with a minimum of a bachelors’ degree in a hard science who are dedicated and respected. You may inquire for a complete list by calling PTC Laboratories. Back To Top