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Mystery Writers Academy: Dr. Greg Hampikian, BSU Forensic Justice Program

  • 04/22/2021
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Zoom meeting

The Mystery Writers Academy presents Dr. Greg Hampikian discussing the BSU Forensic Justice Program at 6:30 p.m. on April 22, 2021

Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83397938957?pwd=QlJCQnZVOVpEa2Nkdk4vVWxkeW1lQT09

Hampikian is professor of Biology and Criminal Justice at Boise State University, founder and Co-Director of the Idaho Innocence Project at BSU.  Hampikian’s New York Times Opeds, include "The Dangers of DNA Testing" (2018), "When May I Shoot a Student?" (2014), and “Men Who Needs Them?" (2012); and a profile of his forensic work appeared in Science (March 2016). His book Exit to Freedom with exoneree Calvin Johnson, chronicles Mr. Jonson’s 17-year fight to prove his innocence using DNA.  Hampikian's research includes discovery of the smallest sequences absent from nature that he has termed Nullomers. Nullomers have been used to protect forensic DNA samples against contamination, and to develop 198 Nullomer peptide drug candidates effective against cancer.  He was awarded a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Connecticut, and has held positions at the Yale University Medical School, the Worcester Foundation, Emory Univ., Clayton State Univ., La Trobe Univ. (Melbourne, Australia), and the CDC (Atlanta, GA).   He is best known as a DNA expert on Innocence Network cases around the world including that of Amanda Knox, Freddie Lawrence and Paul Jenkins (2018, with Montana Innocence Project), and Christopher Tapp (exonerated 2019) in Idaho. He is also a playwright, whose most recent work “Grants Over Death,” or “G.O.D.” was performed as a radio play on Radio Boise.

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