Kate Philpott

Kate Philpott

Affiliate Faculty

(804) 828-8420

Curriculum vitae


  • J.D. (University of Virginia School of Law, 2006)
  • M.S., Criminal Justice, conc. Forensic Science (Virginia Commonwealth University, 2002)
  • B.S., Biology (College of William and Mary, 1999)

Research Interests

Philpott is a scientific and legal consultant, specializing in strategic litigation related to the forensic sciences. In that role, she advises individuals and organizations with respect to case-specific and systemic forensic issues and is involved with policy efforts at the local, state and federal levels to improve and reform forensic practice and develop consensus standards, including involvement in the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) and the American Academy of Forensic Science Standards Board (ASB). She also trains attorneys (prosecution and defense), judges, and investigators on a broad array of topics, including evidence law, the scientific method, cognitive bias and human factors, laboratory validation, as well as discipline-specific training with particular emphasis on forensic DNA. 

Philpott also assists with research related to new forensic biology techniques, particularly characterization and front-end separation of biological mixtures based on morphological, autofluorescence and biochemical profiles with Dr. Ehrhardt’s laboratory.

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