Ever wonder how crime scene investigators do their job? Where the tricks of their trade come from? Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory work with crime labs to help develop cutting edge technologies to analyze evidence, track down, and identify criminals. You'll learn how scientists work with law enforcement to develop new technologies that keep crime scene investigation on the cutting.

Speaker Bios

Dr.Allen Christian

Biosciences, Biodefense Division, Deputy Division Leader
Lawrence Livermore Natioanl Laboratory

Allen Christian is the deputy division leader for the Biodefense Division in Biology Biotechnology Research Program (BBRP) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He has established himself as a leader in cancer research, bioengineering and forensic analysis.

After earning his Ph.D. in radiation biology, focusing on molecular cytogenetics and computer image analysis, Dr. Christian was hired at the Laboratory in 1998 as a postdoctoral fellow in BBRP. In 2000, he joined BBRP as a staff scientist and has held several leadership positions with BBRP as well as leading large biodetection projects in the Chemical Biological National Security Program (CBNP).

Dr. Christian's innovations have earned three R&D 100 awards for some of his diverse research. The 2001 award was for his work on gene recovery micro-dissection, which has led to the ability to create DNA libraries from samples. His second award in 2002 recognized his work on the development of in-situ rolling circle amplification, which allows detection of single DNA-based damage in cells. His third award in 2004 was for his work in gene silencing, opening a new path for cancer and infectious disease therapies.

Kirk Brown

Biology Teacher
Tracy High School

Kirk Brown teaches International Baccalaureate Biology at Tracy High School in Tracy, California. He has 15 years of experience as a teacher and has served as a Mentor Teacher for Tracy Unified School District. He founded the Agricultural/Scientific Academy at Tracy High School, and has worked on science education projects with the California Department of Education, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), San Joaquin County Office of Education, Access Excellence (Genentech), and the Exploratorium and has an on-going partnership with Biorad Laboratories. Kirk is also an adjunct faculty member of San Joaquin Delta College. He has his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biological Science with a concentration in Entomology from California State University Stanislaus and his Master of Arts Degree in Education from the University of the Pacific. While working with LLNL, Kirk worked with other teachers to co-author the Biotechnology Education Program, Laser Science & Optics for the Classroom, and Past Director of the Student Research Academy, and Teacher Research Academy. These programs focus on teacher or student development and training, with a strong focus on integrated instruction. More recently, he has been involved in the development and implementation of a summer research program for high school students at LLNL. Currently, Kirk is the Director of the Biotechnology Pillar at the Edward Teller Education Center. Kirk has worked at the District level writing new K-12 goals, desired learning_s and benchmarks that integrate the National and State standards. Kirk has been named teacher of the year and has won numerous awards including the Milken National Educator Award and most recently, California_s Outstanding Biology Teacher for 2003 by the National Association of Biology Teachers.