Dr. Christine J. Picard

Assistant Professsor, Department of Biology, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapols, Indianapolis, IN

2010-2011 - Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

2005-2010 - PhD, Department of Biology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

2000-2002 - MSc, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1996-2000 - BSc, Biology/Chemistry, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB Canada

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Graduate Students

Gina M. Dembinski, PhD Student,

2011-2013 - MSFS, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN

2006-2010 - BSc, Forensic Science, Madonna University, Livonia, MI

2006-2010 - BA, Spanish, Madonna University, Livonia, MI

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Gina says:

My research is focused on applying single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analyses of human DNA to predict externally visible characteristics, specifically determining which informative SNP markers are able to accurately predict certain phenotypic traits which have the potential to aid in forensic investigations (e.g., eye color, hair color, ancestry, etc.).  Recently I completed my master’s work evaluating a European established SNP assay (IrisPlex) for eye color prediction within a U.S. population, and utilizing an objective color quantification method for classification of eye color from digital photo collection.


Anne A. Andere, PhD Student,

2012-2014 - MSc, Department of Biology, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, IN

2008-2011 - MSc, Department of Applied Math & Computer Science, Indiana University, South Bend, IN

2003-2007 - BSc, Biology, Indiana University, South Bend, IN

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Anne says:

My research is based on the computational side of genetics and molecular biology in forensic entomology.  I am currently working on high throughput sequenced genomic DNA, including Restriction Site Associated (RAD-tag) DNA from the forensic fly Phormia regina (Diptera: Calliphoridae), commonly known as the black blow fly.  My current project is aimed at de novo assembly and annotation ofthe genome of P. regina, and using the assembled genome as a tool in the identification of new molecular markers (i.e. microsatellites and SNPs). This information will enable efficient downstream analysis of population genetics and molecular ecology.


Charity G. Owings, PhD Student,

2010-2012 - MSc, Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University. College Station, TX

2006-2010 - BSc, Forensic and Investigative Sciences, Texas A&M University. College Station, TX

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Charity says:

My research is focused on the molecular and ecological characterization of beetles and mites associated with terrestrial vertebrate decomposition. Though blow flies are currently considered to be the most valuable biological indicators of the minimum postmortem interval, other understudied macro- and microarthropods have the potential to be just as forensically relevant as their dipteran counterparts.
Throughout the course of my doctoral program, I will: 1) develop in-depth successional models (aligned with accumulated degree hours, ADH) specifically for beetles and mites attracted to carrion in Indiana; 2) identify molecular markers to determine the population genetic structure of select widespread necrophagous beetles and mites from around the United States; 3) generate vital developmental datasets for chosen taxa (from Objective 2) under controlled conditions. This research will ultimately provide ecological, molecular, and developmental datasets that can be referenced for both legal and academic purposes.


Sarah Lewis, MSc Student,

2012-2016 - BSc, Forensic Science, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN




Grace LeFevre (high school)

Grace is annotating sex determining genes in Chrysomya rufifacies!



Gone but not forgotten:

Anne Ullyot (University of Chicago)

Anne spent 2 summers with us (2015, 2016), doing some amazing work in the lab. Her latest project was the molecular identification of Lucilia species in Europe! The manuscript is in preparation.

Abeer Mohsen Salam

2013-2015, Visiting PhD Student, Cairo University

2004-2009 - MSc, Medical Entomology, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

1999-2003 -BSc, Biology, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

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Hillary Veron, BSc (2015) - Fly Whisperer


Lauren Sercer - BS (2015) - Population genetics of Cochliomyia macellaria

Angela Salamone - BSc (2015) - Population genetics of Hermetia illucens

John Whale - MS (2013-2015) - Population genetics of Phormia regina


Kevin Smolar - MSFS (2012-14) - Environmentally conditioned forensic samples


Kevin Smolar - MSFS (2012-14) - Environmentally conditioned forensic samples


Megan Carter, MSFS (2010-2012) - Evaluation of FTA Paper methods

FauldsKelsie Faulds (BSc Forensic Science & Research Assistant Extraordinaire)


Kelly Biro 2013-14 Blow fly population genetics



Whitney Reed 2013-14 Blow fly population genetics