Paul B. Ferrara

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Paul B. Ferrara (November 2, 1942 – May 30, 2011) was a scientist and administrator who pioneered the use of DNA profiling in America. In 1989 under his leadership, Virginia became the first state laboratory capable of performing DNA fingerprinting. Prior to his directorship of the state's Department of Forensic Science, he was a professor of forensic science at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Ferrara died on May 30, 2011 of brain cancer at the age of 68.[1][2][3]