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McFarland Ashley Tilka



Ashley Tilka is a Crime Laboratory Analyst with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center. She has worked for FDLE for nearly five years beginning as a Crime Laboratory Technician in the evidence section and transferring to the Biology Section. As a Forensic Technologist, her primary responsibility is that of a Forensic Serologist, testing items of evidence for the presence/absence of bodily fluids (blood, semen and/or saliva). She has been rendered as an expert witness in forensic serology in numerous judicial circuits throughout Florida. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Medicine with a minor in Forensic Science from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. She has two Master of Science degrees, one in Veterinary Medicine with a concentration in Forensic Toxicology and one in Pharmacy with a concentration in DNA/Serology, both from the University of Florida.  Ms. Tilka will be teaching Introduction to Criminalistics.