Mark Desire is both an Instructor in the Program in Criminal Justice, and an Assistant Director with the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner. He works for the Department of Forensic Biology, New York City’s DNA crime lab. Desire has worked there for 15 years and has completed thousands of criminal and Missing Persons cases. His previous employment includes developing biological warfare detection systems for the United States Army.
Desire holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology, and his Juris Doctor from New York Law School. He is a certified DNA auditor and ASCLD inspector; furthermore, he is also a board certified Molecular Specialist with the American Board of Criminalists. Desire is the Family Assistance Center manager for New York City and has been assigned to multiple mass fatalities. Additionally, Desire has taught Criminal Justice courses and Forensic Science courses at Rutgers University, Pace University, and John Jay College.