Graduate Group

The UC Davis Forensic Science Graduate Program brings together well-respected academic professionals who have made substantial contributions to the field of forensic science. Their multi-disciplinary expertise provides graduate students with exposure to innovative research and modern forensic techniques. Graduate Group members may hold multiple positions within the program, including serving as graduate advisers and principle investigators for student thesis research. Members may serve on the following internal committees:

  • Thesis Committees – Serve as research advisers for graduate student thesis research
  • Admissions Committee – Oversee annual admissions to the Forensic Science Graduate Program
  • Advising Committee – Serve as academic advisers for graduate students
  • Educational Committee – Develop courses and academic degree requirements
  • Executive Committee – Determine and implement Graduate Group policy
  • Membership Committee – Oversee membership in the Graduate Group

Graduate Group Members

Ralph C. Aldredge, Ph.D., P.E., is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at UC Davis and a licensed professional engineer. He performs research investigations and consulting in areas relating to energy conversion, biotransport, failure analysis and accident reconstruction. He received Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University in 1988 and 1990, respectively.

Matthew P. Augustine, Ph.D., is a professor and a physical chemist and has been in the UC Davis Chemistry Department since 1998. He earned his Ph.D. from Yale University and did postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley. Professor Augustine received the National Science Foundation Career Award in 2000, developed and filmed “Chemistry of Everyday Life” for the Discovery Channel in 2003, developed Wine Scanner, Inc. to screen full bottles of wine for contaminants in 2004, received the ASUCD Excellence in Education Award in 2004, was a visiting research scientist at the Université de la Méditerranée Aix-Marseille from 2005-2008, and is active in the UC Davis-Peking University 10+10 program. Augustine’s principal research interests include wine analysis, ion binding, luminescence, ultrasound, non-linear dynamics and solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR).

Alan Buckpitt, Ph.D., is a professor in the molecular biosciences department of the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. He received his doctoral degree in pharmacology from Indiana University, Bloomington, and conducted postdoctoral research at the NIH Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Cancer Institute. His early academic career was spent at the UC Irvine in the Department of Community and Environmental Medicine. He has been at UC Davis since 1985, where his teaching responsibilities include basic concepts involved in pharmacokinetics as well as the areas of antineoplastic, antiviral and diuretic drug therapies in the professional (DVM) curriculum. Research at the Buckpitt Laboratory focuses on the mechanism by which environmental chemicals produce tissue selective toxicity in the respiratory system, and attempts to understand what proteins are critical to the cytotoxicity that ensues from exposure to certain reactive metabolites.

Cassandra Calloway, Ph.D., is a program coordinator for the Forensic Science Graduate Program and assistant adjunct professor, Environmental Toxicology. She is also an assistant scientist at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute and the president and founder of HaploID Genetics, LLC, in Alameda, CA. She received her doctoral degree in comparative biochemistry from UC Berkeley, where she researched polymorphisms and heteroplasmy in mitochondrial DNA for human identification. She is a regular instructor/lecturer for California State University-Los Angeles, the California Department of Justice, office of Chief Medical Examiner in NY, Roche Applied Science in Indiana, and the European-American School in Forensic Genetics in Zagreb, Croatia. Her current NIJ-funded research focuses on developing and optimizing techniques used to analyze mixed and highly degraded DNA samples often encountered in missing person and forensic cases.

Douglas R. Cook, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at UC Davis. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and conducted postdoctoral research at the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Department of Embryology at The Johns Hopkins University. He served on the faculty of Texas A&M University from 1992-2000, prior to joining UC Davis, and as an adjunct Professor of International Graduate School in Bioinformatics and Genome Research at the Universitat Bielefeld in Germany from 2002-2008. His research emphasizes the use of genomic, genetic and biochemical tools understand plant-microbe interactions, especially symbiotic nitrogen fixation in legumes. Among his interests is the application basic legume science towards pressing agricultural needs in the developing world.

Christyann Darwent, Ph.D. is an associate professor of anthropology at UC Davis. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in 2001. She has had an interest in forensic anthropology since she was an undergraduate at the University of Calgary, Canada, where she focused on human skeletal remains. Her current work is in the High Arctic of Greenland and Alaska and she currently has two NSF-sponsored projects in these locations. Her own research focuses on animal bones and taphonomic analysis of those remains (i.e., what happens during the death, burial and recovery sequence). She uses this taphonomic information as a means of assessing climatic changes, prehistoric and historic human hunting and butchering of animals. She also oversees any human remains recovered in their archaeological excavations.

Michael Davis, Ph.D., is a Cooperative Extension specialist and professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at UC Davis. He received his doctoral degree in plant pathology from the University of California, Riverside. He specializes in fungal and bacterial diseases of vegetable and field crops, fungal phylogenetics, and mushroom identification and cultivation. Research in his lab focuses on the epidemiology of crop diseases and strategies to manage plant diseases that do not negatively impact the environment. Activities applicable to forensic science include the identification of poisonous mushrooms and the development of molecular fingerprinting methods to detect and accurately identify mushrooms. He is currently chair of a thesis committee for a Forensic Science graduate student.

Katayoon (Katie) Dehesh, Ph.D., is a full professor in the Department of Plant Biology, College of Biological Sciences at UC Davis. She received her Ph.D. from Sussex University in Sussex, England. She pursued her postdoctoral research at the University of Freiburg, Germany; University of Kiel in Germany; University of Wisconsin, Madison; and University of California, Berkeley. Her postdoctoral research focused on plant photomorphongenesis with emphasis on dissection of the transcriptional machinery of light-regulated genes. Her current research is focused on unraveling the plant stress-signaling network. Specifically she is studying oxylipin mediated stress signaling pathway to examine the role of lipid derived metabolites in plant responses to biotic and abiotic challenges. In addition she is examining the parallels between the oxylipin metabolic pathways in plant and animals.

Jelmer W. Eerkens, Ph.D, is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at UC Davis. Eerkens earned his Master of Science and doctorate degrees in anthropology at UC Santa Barbara. His research interests concern the use of archaeometric methods to reconstruct behavior in ancient societies, including diet, mobility, trade and social organization. This work includes trace element analysis of artifacts to determine their source provenance, allowing the reconstruction of ancient trading networks and stable isotope analysis of human skeletal tissues, allowing the reconstruction of life history information for individuals, including dietary patterns and tracers of past migrations. His fieldwork has centered on the deserts of California and Nevada , though he has also worked in Peru and northwest Europe.

Carrie Finno, Ph.D., D.V.M., is an equine internist that received her D.V.M. from the University of Minnesota (UMN) in 2004. She completed an internship in large animal medicine and surgery at UMN in 2005 and then went on to complete a 3-year residency in large animal internal medicine at the University of California, Davis (UCD), culminating in board-certification in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Finno elected to pursue a career in equine genetic research, with a strong focus on neuromuscular disease, and obtained her PhD in 2012 from UCD.  Dr. Finno is currently an assistant professor at UC Davis in the Department of Population Health and Reproduction. Dr. Finno’s research is focused on equine genetic diseases, including equine neuroaxonal dystrophy/equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy (NAD/EDM), equine shivers, myofibrillar myopathy and immune-mediated myositis.  In conjunction with the equine studies, she is researching the interaction of vitamin E and neural development, using a well-established mouse model.

Paul Gepts, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis, specializing in evolutionary factors that have shaped crop biodiversity during and after crop domestication. His research program attracts graduate students primarily from the U.S. and Latin America, but also from Africa and Asia through the Ecology, Genetics, Horticulture and Agronomy and International Agricultural Development Graduate Groups. The experimental work in his lab that is most applicable to forensics involves the development and use of molecular markers to distinguish among closely related genotypes within plant species. Gepts is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America. He has been thesis committee member for a graduate student in the Forensic Science program. He reads, speaks and writes fluently in four languages (French, Dutch, Spanish and English).

Cecilia Giulivi, Ph.D., received her doctorate in Biochemistry at the University of Buenos Aires. After completing her post-doctoral training at the University of Southern California, she joined the faculty at that Institution, then at the University of Minnesota, and finally in 2004, at UCD. Her expertise resides in the area of mitochondria bioenergetics, free radical biochemistry and oxidative damage. This is reflected in >100 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Her current focus is at understanding the underlying molecular mitochondrial mechanisms in several pathophysiological situations such as autism, fragile X tremor and ataxia syndrome (FXTAS), and Huntington’s disease and how genetic background imparts susceptibility to sub-toxic exposures of common flame retardants. She is also a member of the UC Davis Graduate Groups in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cell and Developmental Biology, and Genetics.

Peter Green, Ph.D., is a Professional Research Engineer with the College of Engineering at UC Davis. After receiving his doctoral degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Green joined the Environmental Engineering Department at Caltech as a Senior Scientist. In 2000, Green joined the UC Davis Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering where he conducts research in air and water quality, pollutant sources, and remediation and mitigation. Green’s current research projects include: arsenic speciation and transport in rice production; biogas impurities, purification, and air quality impacts; remediation of metals released from abandoned mines; uptake of toxic chemicals from fracking water into wheat; and emission and mitigation of nitric oxides from ensiling corn.

William M. Green, M.D., has been on the faculty of the University of California, Davis, Medical School since 1976; he retired in July 2011 as Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine. Green is one of the founding faculty members of the Graduate Group in Forensic Science that created the Forensic Science Masters Program at UC Davis. His primary research interest is sexual assault, which includes the epidemiology of sexual assault, the forensic medical examination, forensic evidence collection and evaluation, the delivery of sexual assault services, and criminal justice outcomes. In 1989, Green was one of the founders of the Sexual Assault Forensic Evaluation (SAFE) Team at the UC Davis Medical Center and served as the team’s medical director from 1989 until 2010. In the mid 1990s, Green worked with the core advisory group that helped draft the legislation that ultimately created the California Clinical Forensic Medical Training Center (CCFMTC). He has served as CCFMTC’s director of Sexual Assault Forensic Education, Policy and Research Development and since 2009 has served as medical director. In addition, Green was asked to serve as advisor to the U.S. Department of Justice and the White House on sexual assault matters.

David Howitt, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at UC Davis. He received his Ph.D. degree at UC Berkeley. His areas of research emphasis include forensics and failure analysis, electron microscopy and the determination of structure property relationships in materials.

You-Lo Hsieh, Ph.D., is chair and a professor in the Division of Textiles and Clothing at UC Davis, specializing in fiber and polymer science. Her research focuses on fiber and polymer chemistry, with active projects related to fiber chemistry and structure (natural and synthesized), functional fibers and membranes (nanofibers, nanoporous), polymer synthesis and chemistry (bio-based, stimuli-responsive, functional), encapsulation of biomolecules (proteins, enzymes, sugars, chemicals, etc), and conversion and utilization of bio-based materials and renewable natural products.

Edward J. Imwinkelried, Ph.D., is the Edward L. Barrett Jr. Professor of Law at UC Davis. He is the co-author of Scientific Evidence (4th ed. 2007) and the author of The Methods of Attacking Scientific Evidence (4th ed. 2004). He is the expert testimony columnist for National Law Journal and a contributing editor on forensic science for Criminal Law Bulletin. Imwinkelried was a member of the Legal Issues Working Group of the National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence and served as the legal consultant to the Surgeon General’s Commission on urinalysis testing in the Armed Forces. He is currently a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s expert group on human factors in latent fingerprint analysis.

Sree Kanthaswamy, Ph.D., is an associate adjunct professor, Department of Environmental Toxicology and the UC Davis California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC). His NIH-funded projects include the genetic management of the CNPRC’s non-human primate colony. He also heads an NIJ-funded grant on the development of a species determination assay for law enforcement forensic labs in the U.S.

Robert B. Kimsey, Ph.D., is an associate adjunct professor of entomology investigating epidemiology of tick-borne Zoonoses in Northern California. He received his Ph.D. in entomology at UC Davis in 1984 and then conducted postdoctoral research in that department. In 1987 he joined the Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Tropical Public Health as a research associate. Kimsey was a visiting lecturer in parasitology in the School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University during this period. He teaches a graduate-level seminar in forensic entomology at UC Davis and continues to consult for law enforcement as well as law firms.

Donald P. Land, Ph.D., has been a professor in the Department of Chemistry at UC Davis since 1991. He served as an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow (1990-1991). His specialty is analytical and physical chemistry studies of solids and surfaces with applications in biology, medicine, catalysis and the environment. Land uses microscopy, spectroscopy, lasers and mass spectrometry to analyze solids and surfaces to study trace evidence and to elucidate the relationship between structure and function in surface chemistry, often using custom-designed instrumentation. His forensic applications include the study of soot composition, elemental analysis of glass fragments and GC/MS studies of clandestine lab materials.

Sharon Lawler, Ph.D., is a Professor of Entomology and Nematology in the Department of Entomology. She received a M.S. in Ecology and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University. Lawler is an instructor in aquatic entomology courses and community ecology courses at UC Davis. Her research interests include aquatic ecology, experimental studies of food webs and population dynamics, and ecosystem subsidy. Lawler’s expertise as a community ecologist and entomologist contributes to forensic science education and research, especially relating to concepts such as food web structure and succession that play a role in scenarios involving scavengers and decomposers.

Pamela J. Lein, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biosciences in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She received a M.S. in Environmental Health from East Tennessee State University and Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her interests are in the cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurotoxicology and a major goal of her research is to identify novel biomarkers of neurotoxicity. Specific areas of expertise include the neurotoxicity of compounds considered credible terrorist threat agents.

Alyson Mitchell, Ph.D., is an associate professor and food chemist in the Department of Food Science and Technology at UC Davis where she received her Ph.D. degree. Her interests are application of HPLC and LC/MS/MS in the identification and occurrence of phytochemicals and their metabolites in foods and biological matrices.

Terence M. Murphy, Ph.D., is a professor in the UC Davis Department of Plant Biology. Murphy received his Ph.D. in cell biology at UC San Diego. He studies effects of abiotic stresses on the biochemistry and physiology of plant cells. His areas of interest have included membrane transport, formation and removal of reactive oxidizing agents and DNA repair. He has applied his experience to the identification and comparison of plant samples through DNA sequence analysis.

Anita M. Oberbauer, Ph.D., is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Animal Science in the College of Biological Sciences at UC Davis. She received her Ph.D. in Animal Physiology from Cornell University. Her research program has two areas of emphasis: a) growth and development focusing on the skeleton in driving the relationship between skeletal size and body composition and, b) the genetic basis for health disorders and other traits in dogs.

Edward A. Panacek, M.D., M.P.H., is a professor of Emergency Medicine at the UC Davis Medical Center and the associate editor of the Journal of Emergency Medicine. He received his M.D. degree from the University of South Alabama. He holds board certification in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. His research interests, relevant to the forensic sciences, include medical aspects of violence and injury— specifically, sexual assault and injury prevention. He is the chair of a multidisciplinary research group at UC Davis Medical Center, called SARG (Sexual Assault Research Group). He is also a founding member of a nascent California based, multi-institutional SARG, that is just beginning.

Sanjai J. Parikh, Ph.D., assistant professor of soil chemistry in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at UC Davis.  He received his Ph.D. from University of Arizona.  Parikh teaches Environmental Soil Chemistry; Advanced Topics in Soil Chemistry; and Soil, Water and Civilizations.    His research addresses a wide range of biogeochemical processes at solid-liquid interfaces in the soil and water environment.  Examples include: (1) examining transport and degradation mechanisms for pharmaceuticals, nanoparticles, hormones, and personal care products in soil and water (ground, surface, wastewater); (2) identifying persistent degradation products  of primary pollutants (organic and inorganic) and determining  their bioavailability; (3) determining reaction rates of contaminant oxidation/transformation at mineral and bacteria surfaces; (4) elucidating the rose of bacterial surface biomolecules in cell adhesion and biomineralization/dissolution reactions;  (5) investigating the rose of extracellular polymeric compounds in heavy metal biogeocycling ; and (6) evaluating the potential of biochar soil amendments to impact soil fertility, greenhouse gas emissions and contaminant transport.

Sean Peisert, Ph.D., is jointly appointed as an assistant adjunct professor in the Department of Computer Science at UC Davis and as a research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He performs research in computer security and is particularly interested in forensic analysis, intrusion detection, the insider threat, security policy modeling, and empirical studies of security. He is also particularly interested in the application of computer security to areas including electronic voting, the smart grid, cyber-physical systems, cloud computing and supercomputing. Previously, he was an I3P Research Fellow at UC Davis and was a computer security researcher at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). He received his Ph.D., Masters and Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science from UC San Diego. He is also a faculty member in the Graduate Groups in Computer Science and Health Informatics.

Kent E. Pinkerton, Ph.D., serves as chair of the Forensic Science Graduate Group at UC Davis. He is a professor in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and the Pediatrics Unit at the UC Davis Health System. He is also the director of the Center for Health and the Environment in Davis, dedicated to initiating and fostering research programs in environmental health and toxicology. Pinkerton has authored more than 200 articles and book chapters on the cardiorespiratory, immune and neurological health effects of gases, particles, fibers, and tobacco smoke in both indoor and outdoor environments. He is a leading expert in children’s health and particulate toxicity, with emphasis in lung development and the fetal basis of adult-onset respiratory diseases. He has mentored more than 40 graduate students and is a graduate faculty member in comparative pathology, immunology, pharmacology and toxicology at UC Davis.

Robert Poppenga, D.V.M., Ph.D., is a professor of clinical biosciences for the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and heads up the Toxicology Section at the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS). He received both his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and his doctoral degree in toxicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana. He has extensive experience in wildlife toxicology, adverse effects of pesticides on animals, comparative medicine and toxicology, and analytical methodologies for chemical contaminants. His current research focuses on a historical database of chemical contamination of animal feeds.

Birgit Puschner, Ph.D., is a professor of clinical veterinary toxicology at UC Davis. She received her PhD. from Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, Germany. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology. Her interests are in the investigation, review and interpretation of all toxicology case submissions in light of clinical, clinicopathological and pathological findings. This includes the continuous improvement and development of diagnostic capabilities such as method development. Specific areas of expertise are: investigation of intoxication of animals, development of new diagnostic tools to confirm intoxications and assessment of potential food safety concerns, including bio/agro terrorism.

Bahram Ravani, Ph.D., is a professor of mechanical and aero engineering and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC Davis. He received his M.S. from Columbia University in New York and his Ph.D. from Stanford University, both in mechanical engineering. His research areas include forensic biomechanics, forensic evaluation and analysis of injury accidents and accident reconstruction. He also specializes in kinematics and dynamics, mechanical design and robotics. Ravani uses the science bases of kinematics, dynamics and biomechanical engineering in forensic evaluation of accidents and injuries which includes multidisciplinary investigation of traffic, industrial and other injury accidents. He has been involved in research, investigation and analysis of many accidents evaluating causation and accident reconstruction.

Robert H. Rice, Ph.D., is a professor and faculty adviser for the Department of Environmental Toxicology. His areas of emphasis include mechanisms of action of toxic and physiological agents affecting keratinocyte growth and differentiation, biochemistry and expression of specific keratinocyte markers, metabolic activation of toxic agents in epidermal cells, and proteomics of epidermis and appendages. He is also a member of the UC Davis Graduate Groups in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cell and Developmental Biology, and Pharmacology and Toxicology.

William Ristenpart, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and the Department of Food Science and Technology at UC Davis. His research area of interest is the behavior of electrofluids, biofluids and microfluids. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from UC Davis, and his Ph.D. from Princeton University. He did his postdoctoral research at Harvard University. Recently, he received a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) grant in the area of bloodstain pattern interpretation. This NIJ grant will focus on using ultra-high-speed video and the mathematical analysis of blood drop dispersion in order to elucidate the effect of velocity and distance.

Moshe Rosenberg, D.Sc., is a professor and specialist in the Department of Food Science and Technology at UC Davis. He received his M.Sc. and D.Sc. degrees in food engineering and biotechnology from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. His forensic science related research is focused on food traceability and authentication. Using different analytical approaches (stable isotopes, biological markers and trace elements analysis) his research is aimed at identifying the regional origin of food products in general, and cheese and other dairy products in particular. Other research areas include understanding the relationships between microstructural; physio-chemical and functional properties of food materials; microencapsulating properties of biomaterials; development of advanced, highly functional delivery systems for nutrients and bioactive compounds; and dairy science and technology.

Ben Sacks, Ph.D., is a geneticist, assistant professor in the Department of Population Health and Reproduction, and director of the Canid Diversity and Conservation Laboratory in the Center for Veterinary Genetics at UC Davis. He conducts genetic research on domestic dogs and wildlife populations, including threatened and endangered carnivores. The laboratory has facilities for DNA extraction, PCR, sequencing and genotyping. Projects include development of autosomal and Y-chromosome STR and SNP markers and population-specific databases for genetic assignments.

Brandi Schmitt, M.S., is the director of Anatomical Services for the University of California Office of the President. Her role at UCOP includes management of the university system’s five whole-body donation programs, setting ethical guidelines for the acquisition, use and disposition of anatomical materials used for education and research, as well as ensuring compliance with university policies. Schmitt’s academic interests include institutional whole-body donation programs, multidisciplinary human identifications and mass fatality management and response, as well as the facilitation of clinical, surgical and forensic research and education.

George Sensabaugh, D.Crim., is a professor of forensic science and biomedical sciences in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. He received his doctorate degree from the School of Criminology at UC Berkeley and has taught and conducted research in forensic science for more than 30 years. His main forensic research interests are in the area of forensic biology, ranging from analysis and interpretation of biological evidence to novel applications of DNA technology. He has a longstanding interest in developing the foundations of forensic science as a professional endeavor. Other research interests include biochemical genetics, molecular epidemiology and the molecular evolution of microbes.

Takayuki Shibamoto, Ph.D., is a professor in environmental toxicology at UC Davis. He received his Ph.D. in agricultural chemistry from UC Davis. His research areas include the study of antioxidative properties of components in natural plants including antioxidative activities of aroma chemicals; and the Maillard reaction or nonenzymatic browning reaction associated with formation of antioxidants, carcinogens and anticarcinogens in food. He has studied the analysis of volatile chemicals using expertise of capillary gas chromatography, including natural plant essences and wine chemistry. Shibamoto has also conducted research on analytical methods for certain pesticides, degradation of pesticides in food and environment, and seasonal variation of pesticide residues in surface water.

David Glenn Smith, Ph.D., is a professor of anthropology and a core scientist at the California National Primate Research Center. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder and pursued postdoctoral research in human genetic epidemiology at the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Michigan Medical School and at the Institute for Cancer Research of the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. Current interests include the evolution and phylogeography of the primate genus Macaca, the structure of the genomes of rhesus and longtail macaques with particular reference to studies of linkage and disease association, genetic evidence for circumstances pertaining to the human settlement of the New World, and the use of both modern and ancient DNA of Native Americans to assess ancestor descendant relationships and evidence of population replacement, migration and gene flow.

Scott D. Stanley, Ph.D., is an associate professor of equine chemistry and director of the K.L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, UC Davis. Under his leadership, the laboratory has established itself as one of the largest and most respected LC-MS equine drug-testing labs in the world. Stanley is a recognized leader in the field of mass spectrometry (MS) and LC-MS. His primary research interest includes trace analytical determinations of drugs, metabolites and natural products in the biological samples. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals. Stanley received his Ph.D. in toxicology from the University of Kentucky.

Mark Statham, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist and Lecturer at the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at UC Davis. Here Dr. Statham uses molecular genetic tools to answer ecological and evolutionary questions about populations of wild animals. Many of the species studied are rare or endangered, thus much of the work is conservation focused and reliant on alternative DNA sources, such as hair, feces or museum specimens. Current research includes evolutionary studies of canids species and landscape and population genetics of endangered rodents.

Ronald S. Tjeerdema, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., is professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Toxicology. He received a Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology from UC Davis in 1987, and then served on the faculty of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at UC Santa Cruz before returning to UC Davis in 1999. His research is focused on characterizing toxic actions via in vivo NMR and NMR-based metabolomics and the fate of pesticides and petroleum hydrocarbons in the environment.

Cecilia von Beroldingen, Ph.D., received her A.B. Degree with Honors in Biology from UC Santa Cruz in 1972, and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Oregon in 1978. She did postdoctoral research in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Oregon State University and in the Division of Cellular Biology at the Scripps Research Institute. Her research interests were in the control of gene activity during embryonic development. From 1984 to 1986 she was a visiting lecturer in the Departments of Genetics and Zoology at UC Davis teaching developmental genetics, molecular genetics, and developmental biology. In late 1986 she began her career in forensic science as a research associate in the Forensic Science Program at UC Berkeley. Investigating the application of PCR to the analysis of biological evidence. She moved to Portland in 1990, where she served as the technical leader of the DNA section of the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory. She joined the California Department of Justice DNA Laboratory in 2001 as the director of the Method Development Section. She is currently the director of the California Criminalistics Institute (

Laura van Winkle, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology, and Cell Biology in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from UC Davis. Her research focuses on lung toxicology. Areas of interest include lung cell biology and toxicology of naphthalene, fine and ultrafine particulate matter, second hand tobacco smoke, ozone, allergens such as house dust mite and ovalbumin, inhaled engineered nanomaterials, single and multi-walled carbon nanotubes and silver oxide nanoparticles. In general her laboratory focuses on biochemical and histologic in vivo and ex vivo approaches, including metabolically active site-specific airway explants from the lungs of multiple species to tease apart lung cellular responses. Her laboratory has expertise in histology, immunohistochemistry and quantitative real time RT PCR. This is complemented by a core facility, which she runs, the CAMI core at CHE, which contains equipment to facilitate these studies. This includes a laser capture microscope and a 4 laser excitation confocal microscope.

Timothy D. Weaver, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of anthropology. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and pursued postdoctoral research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. His research focuses on making inferences from human skeletal remains. Current interests include cranial and postcranial evolution of Neanderthals and modern humans, understanding present-day human cranial diversity, and sub-adult age estimation from the postcranial skeleton. He uses a variety of approaches, including 3D geometric morphometrics, interactive computer visualization, biomechanics, and theoretical models from quantitative and population genetics.

Bart C Weimer, Ph.D., is a Professor of Population Health and Reproduction in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He earned a Ph.D. in Nutrition and Food Sciences – Microbiology from Utah State University. Weimer’s research interests include: Molecular ecology of Salmonella in ready-to-eat foods and animals; Molecular diagnostics development using lipids, artificial cells, and genomics; Metagenomics of extreme environments, skin, and gut; DNA/RNA modification in bacteria; Signal transduction and genomics of bacterial association with eukaryotic cells; Effect of the redox potential on bacterial metabolism during host association; Metabolism of infection and commensalism; Natural antibacterial compound discovery; and computing regulatory networks for metabolic control analysis using flux, gene expression and metabolomics. Weimer has multiple active research grants with organizations including the NIH, Mars Inc., Applied Nanotechnology, and N2 Genetics LLC.

Matthew Wood, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology at UC Davis. He received his degree from UC San Diego. His research program centers on investigating how oxidants and oxidative stress are perceived by organisms and regulate biological processes through oxidation and reduction of proteins. An American Heart Association Beginning Researcher Grant funds his research efforts. At the graduate level he teaches the popular ETX 220, Analysis of Toxicants course every fall.