August 22, 2022

Eric G. Pokorak Named Assistant Director of the Laboratory Division

Director Christopher Wray has named Eric G. Pokorak as the assistant director of the Laboratory Division in Quantico, Virginia. He most recently served as the deputy assistant director of the division.

Mr. Pokorak has spent his entire FBI career at the Lab. He started in 1997 as a biologist in DNA Analysis Unit II and transferred to DNA Analysis Unit I in 2003. Mr. Pokorak qualified as a DNA forensic examiner and specialized in human identification. He was promoted in 2009 to supervisory biologist of DNA Analysis Unit I and was named the chief of DNA Analysis Unit II in 2010.

In 2013, Mr. Pokorak transferred to the Federal DNA Database Unit as unit chief. He was named section chief of the Lab’s Scientific Analysis Section in 2015, and as deputy assistant director of the division in 2020. He served as acting assistant director for 18 months before he was formally named assistant director.

Mr. Pokorak has overseen several complex projects for the division, including laboratory accreditation, critical research for forensic pattern evidence, and applying business analytics to the division’s operations.

Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Pokorak worked for five years in the private sector at a forensic organization. He is a graduate of Potsdam College in New York and completed graduate coursework at George Mason University in Virginia.

The FBI Laboratory operates out of state-of-the art facilities in Quantico, in Northern Virginia, and in Huntsville, Alabama, and is one of the largest and most comprehensive crime labs in the world.