The Forensic Science Graduate Program has a distinguished group of lecturers who serve as primary instructors and guest speakers for courses. Lecturers in the program may be UC Davis faculty or forensics practitioners. Our forensic practitioner lecturers are actively employed in the industry spanning the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ), the Bureau of Forensic Services, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, and crime laboratories across the state. Lecturers provide graduate students with a relevant and applied forensic science education that directly prepares students for employment in a forensic science field.

Michael Chamberlain J.D. | Lecturer | FOR201C Forensic Science Fundamentals
Michael Chamberlain is a Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Law. He has been a state prosecutor since 2002. Chamberlain is the legal counsel to California’s Bureau of Forensic Services, providing advisory and training services to laboratory management and staff involving all forensic disciplines. He represents California in federal and state involving constitutional and admissibility challenges to DNA and other forensic evidence, in addition to general felony appellate caseload. Chamberlain provides legislative advice, including participation in drafting and leading implementation of California’s DNA Database Act and Familial DNA Search Program.

Christyann Darwent Ph.D. | Lecturer | FOR210 Personal Identification
Dr. Darwent is an associate professor of anthropology at UC Davis. 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.

Ruth Dickover M.S., Ph.D. | Lecturer | FOR290 Graduate Seminar & FOR 281 Principles of DNA Typing
Dr. Dickover is the Director of the Forensic Science Graduate Program at UC Davis. She received her B.S. in Biological Sciences, M.S. in Forensic Science, and Ph.D. in Microbiology from UC Davis. Dr. Dickover worked as a Research Specialist in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UCLA School of Medicine and as an International HIV PCR Consultant for the National Institute of Child Health and Development. Prior to becoming the Director of the Forensic Science Program, Dr. Dickover was a Criminalist in the Kern County Regional Crime Laboratory. Her research interests include forensic DNA analysis, bioterrorism, human retrovirology, genetic diversity in HIV, mechanisms of immune escape, source and mechanisms of perinatal HIV transmission, autologous neutralizing antibody to HIC, pediatric AIDS, immunopathogenesis of HIV infection, and HIV gene evolution in vivo.

Philip Hess M.S. | Lecturer | FOR240 Homicide Crime Scene Investigation
Philip Hess is a Criminalist and Technical Lead for the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Laboratory of Forensic Services. He specializes in firearm/toolmark examination and footwear/tire track/impression evidence. Hess is the head of the crime scene response team that covers crime scenes in Sacramento county, assisting law enforcement with: collecting, controlling, and preserving evidence; performing field tests or examinations for presumptive identification of some types of evidence; and performing evidence interpretation of blood spatter patterns, bullet trajectories, and event reconstruction.

Robert B. Kimsey Ph.D. | Lecturer | FOR293 Research Methodology
Dr. Kimsey is a member of the Forensic Science Gradaute Group and an associate adjunct professor and lecturer 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.

Barry Miller B.S. | Lecturer | FOR209 Forensic Alcohol
Barry Miller is an Assistant Bureau Chief for the California Department of Justice, Division of Law Enforcement, Bureau of Forensic Services. He was the Laboratory Director for the Solano County Office of the District Attorney, Bureau of Forensic Services for six years. Miller specializes in controlled substance analytical chemistry, pharmacology and toxicology of ethanol, and fire debris analysis. Additionally, he has testified as an expert witness in multiple Superior Courts in northern California on topics including blood alcohol concentrations, controlled substances, clandestine laboratories, and crime scene documentation/reconstruction.

Scott Nagy Ph.D. | Lecturer | FOR280 Forensic DNA Analysis
Dr. Nagy is a Senior Criminalist with the California Department of Justice Sacramento Criminalistics Laboratory. He received his doctoral degree in pharmacology and toxicology at UC Davis in 2001. As a Senior Criminalist, Dr. Nagy performs casework in DNA and biological fluid identification as well as validation of robotic liquid handling systems.

Glendon Parker Ph.D. | Lecturer | FOR278 Molecular Techniques
Dr. Parker is the founder and CEO of Protein-Based Identification Technologies, LLC, an organization contracted by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He is developing a proteomics laboratory dedicated to the identification technologies destined to be utilized by the forensic, intelligence, and anthropological communities. Parker has been funded by the Department of Energy, Department of Justice, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, among others. Glendon Parker received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Monash University, Australia, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University Department of Biological Chemistry. He is a research associate with the UC Davis Department of Environmental Toxicology.

Jeffrey Rodzen Ph.D | Lecturer | FOR 276 Population Genetics
Dr. Rodzen is a Research Scientist with the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). At the CDFW, Rodzen leads the design and construction of a new genetics laboratory in Sacramento, CA. He also provides guidance on the genetic management of wild and propagated fish species and interacts with the State Aquaculture Coordinator on genetics issues, such as broodstock selection and development of novel species. Prior to his time at CDFW, he held a position of Supervising Criminalist in the Forensic Biology/DNA unit of the Sacramento County District Attorney;s Office Laboratory of Forensic Services. Rodzen received his Ph.D. in Genetics from UC Davis in 2001.

Moshe Rosenberg D.Sc. | Lecturer | FOR298 Group Study: Food Forensics
Dr. Rosenberg is a member of the Forensic Science Graduate Group and 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.

Craig Triebold M.S., F-ABC, D-ABFT-FT │Lecturer│ FOR208 Forensic Toxicology, FOR201A Forensic Science Fundamentals, FOR221L Forensic Instrumentation Lab

Craig Triebold is the Supervising Criminalist of the Controlled Substances Unit at the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office Laboratory of Forensic Services. In addition to supervising the Controlled Substances Unit, he is also proficient in forensic alcohol analysis, toxicological analysis of biological samples, and fire debris/ignitable liquid analysis. Craig is a lead member of the laboratory’s crime scene response team and previously served as the laboratory’s safety officer. He has testified in as an expert witness in forensic alcohol, forensic toxicology, and fire debris analysis in over 180 court cases. Craig received his Master of Science in Forensic Science at UC Davis in 2005, and he is dual board certified as a Fellow of the American Board of Criminalistics, and Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology.

Joy Viray M.S. | Lecturer | FOR210 Personal Identification
Joy Viray is a Criminalist with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office Laboratory of Forensic Services. As a DNA technical leader, she: maintains laboratory compliance with FBI Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories; evaluates DNA methods used in the DNA unit; proposes new or modified analytical DNA procedures; and oversees training and quality assurance. Joy Viray received her Master of Science in Forensic Science at UC Davis in 2008.

Cecilia Von Beroldingen Ph.D. | Lecturer | FOR280 Forensic DNA Analysis
Dr. Von Beroldingen received her doctoral degree in biology from the University of Oregon in 1978. She conducted her 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. She was a research associate in the Forensic Science Program at UC Berkeley, investigating the application of PCR to the analysis of biological evidence. Von Beroldingen has also 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 and is now the director of the California Criminalistics Institute.

Lawrence Wayne B.S. | Lecturer | FOR289 Survey of Forensic Science
Lawrence Wayne is a Senior Research Microscopist in the Applied Microscopy Laboratory of Forensic Analytical Laboratories, Inc., in Hayward, CA. He has 29 years of experience in particulate analysis using various techniques of light microscopy, electron microscopy, infrared microspectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. He is the Principal Investigator in combustion product examination and analysis studies. Wayne provides analysis of samples from cases of plant and synthetic fiber comparison and identification, gunshot residue, unknown white powder identification, mineral identification, glass comparison and analysis, electronic component failure analysis, paint comparison and analysis, analysis of air and bulk samples for asbestos content, and microchemical and crystallographic analysis.

Karma Waltonen Ph.D. | Lecturer | FOR218 Forensic Case Reports
Dr. Waltonen is a coordinator for the University Writing Program and has been teaching at UC Davis since 2000. She is the former President of the Margaret Atwood Society and current editor of the peer-edited journal Margaret Atwood Studies. Recently, she has published on time travel in Star Trek and on the ethics of religious cults in Doctor Who and on asexuality in Sherlock and on postmodernism in The X-Files. Service to the university includes administering the Upper Division Composition Exam, coordinating the Entry Level Writing Program, working extensively with the Campus Book Project, mentoring in the Guardian Scholars Program, and giving special lectures for the STEP program.

Kelsa West MSFS | Lecturer | FOR201A, B, and C Forensic Science Fundamentals
Kelsa is an Associate Professor for the Biology Department at Cabrillo College, and a Lecturer for the Forensic Science Graduate Program, where she received her Masters of Science in Forensic Science in 2017.  She currently provides lectures on Ethics & Professional Standards, Latent Prints, Trace, and Arson for the program. Kelsa's specialties include forensic anthropology, fingerprints, and forensic toxicology. Her research in forensic anthropology & forensic toxicology has been presented at various professional conferences including AAFS and CAC, and her research on the fentanyl epidemic on the West Coast has been published in two peer-reviewed journals. Her forensic experience has included time with the Oregon State Police as a fingerprint technician, as well as a forensic toxicologist with the City and County of San Francisco Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Matthew Wood Ph.D. | Lecturer | FOR207 Forensic Spectroscopy
Dr. Wood is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Toxicology at UC Davis. His research group is focused on defining the biochemical mechanisms involved in the perception of and protection against oxidative stress and other toxic compounds using the model organism, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. By defining the molecular mechanisms by which oxidative and environmental stresses alter cellular signaling pathways and gene expression, the research group at the Wood Laboratory hopes to develop new technologies for monitoring and remediation of oxidative stress and environmental toxicants. Matthew Wood received his doctoral degree in Biochemistry from UC San Diego.

Qi Zhang Ph.D. | Lecturer | FOR220 Analysis of Toxicants
Dr. Zhang is a Professor in Environmental Toxicology at UC Davis. Her research group is focused on conducting field measurements and laboratory studies with a main goal to understand the chemical and physical properties, sources, and lifecycle processes of aerosol particles and fog/cloud droplets in the atmosphere. Dr. Zhang’s group also performs integrated analyses of worldwide aerosol mass spectrometry datasets to improve understanding and modeling of aerosol chemistry and climatology. In addition, the group develops instruments and data analysis techniques to study the chemistry of organics in airborne PM and droplets.