Director Rana DellaRocco, M.S., F-ABC has been working in the field of forensic science since 1998, all with the Baltimore Police Department. She began her career processing crime scenes as a Crime Laboratory Technician I & II. Director DellaRocco worked her way up the organizational ladder, processing samples for DNA and serology as a Criminalist I & II and progressing to working as the DNA and Serology Technical Leader and Biology as a Criminalist III, ultimately becoming the Criminalist Supervisor of Trace/Biology. This progression continued to her appointment as the Deputy Director overseeing the daily operations of what was then known as the Forensic Services Division. Ultimately, she became the first female Director in the history of BPD’s Forensic Laboratory Section, a post she holds today.
With extensive experience in the specialized forensic discipline of DNA analysis and interpretation, Director DellaRocco has earned board certification through the American Board of Criminalistics in the specialty of Molecular Biology. She has experience as a consultant DNA technical assessor for the National Forensic Science Technology Center, as an assessor through The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board ISO program, and is a member of the National DNA Indexing System Audit Review Panel.
An Adjunct Professor at Towson University for almost a decade, Director DellaRocco has had the privilege of teaching the next generation of forensic scientists at the graduate level. She is also a member of the Academic Advisory Board for the Towson University Fisher College of Science and Mathematics for the graduate Forensic Science program, a member of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists, and the American Congress of Forensic Science Laboratories.
Director DellaRocco is a proud life-long resident of the Baltimore area. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Master of Science in Pharmacy with a major in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a concentration in Forensic DNA & Serology from the University of Florida. She is currently a Baltimore City Fellow at the University of Baltimore working on her second master’s degree, this time in Public Administration.