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Professor of Forensic Science, Molecular Biology to speak at ISU

January 12, 2009

TERRE HAUTE- On Tuesday, Jan. 20, a researcher of forensic DNA profiling and forensic toxicology will speak at Indiana State University as part of the Biology Seminar Series: "From Molecules to Ecosystems."

Richard Li, an associate professor of forensic biology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, will speak about forensic biology at 4 p.m. Jan. 20 in room 12 of the Science Building. Li is the second guest speaker who will be at Indiana State as part of the series. His research includes forensic analysis methods of biological and toxicology evidence.

Li earned his master's in forensic science from the University of New Haven and his Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Aside from teaching, Li has served as a DNA analyst at the department of forensic biology in the office of chief medical examiner of New York City.

"Dr. Li will be of interest to anyone interested in police- or courtroom-based dramas," said Rusty Gonser, assistant professor in the ISU biology department. "His work with DNA analysis will also be of interest to biologists, as well as criminologists."

Also addressing forensics, Vigo County Coroner Dr. Roland Kohr is scheduled to give his "Top 10 Reasons I Hate CSI" on Jan. 27, as the next speaker in the series.

The series, sponsored by the ISU department of biology and St. Mary-of-the-Woods College science and math department, brings in internationally recognized research scientists to speak to students and community members. For more information, visit or call 812-237-2501.

Refreshments will be served from 3:30 to 4 p.m. with the seminar beginning at 4 p.m.


Contact: Rusty Gonser, Indiana State University, assistant professor, at 812- 237-2395 or

Writer: Jennifer Spector, Indiana State University, media relations intern, at 812-237-3773.