Greg Hampikian, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Joint appointment in Department of Criminal Justice
Director of the Idaho Innocence Project
Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors
Year arrived at BSU: 2004
Mailing Address: Department of Biology
Boise State University
Boise, ID 83725-1515
Office Location: Science/Nursing 215
Office Number: 208-426-4992
Fax Number: 208-426-1040
E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Postdoctoral Associate, Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology, 1992
- National Science Foundation International Centers of Excellence Postdoctoral Award, 1990-91 with Jennifer Graves, La Trobe University, Australia
- Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Genetics, 1990
- M.S., University of Connecticut, Genetics, 1986
- B.S., University of Connecticut, Biology, 1982
- Professor, Biology, and Criminal Justice, Boise State University, 2006-present
- Director of the Idaho Innocence Project, 2006-present
- Associate Professor, Biology, and Criminal Justice, Boise State University, 2004-2005
- Professor, Biology, Clayton State University (CSU), 1993-2004
- Board Member, Georgia Innocence Project, DNA expert, 2003-present
- Grants Coordinator for the School of Arts and Sciences (CSU), 2003-2004
- Biology Coordinator, Natural Science Department, (CSU) 2001-2002
- Visiting Research Faculty, National Science Foundation, Georgia Tech, Biochemistry Department, 1997-98
- Visiting Scientist, Emory University and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, 1994-95
- Research Assistant, Yale University Medical School, Dermatology, 1983-84
- International Society for Forensic Genetics
- American Academy of Forensic Sciences
- International Society for Computational Biology
- Biology 597 Viral Archeology
- Biology 597 Advanced Topics in Genetic Analysis
- Biology 598-05 Oxidative Stress
- Biology 598-02 Genomics Seminar, Small Molecules and Cell Death #10089
- Biology 598-05 15512 Biotechnology Seminar Biol 498 -01 , #15511
- Biology 547 Forensic Biology
- Biology 696 Directed Research
- Biology 596 Graduate Independent Study
- Biology 593-05 Thesis, 13866
- Criminal Justice 597 -02 15618 /497-04 15619 Forensic Evidence in Cold Cases
- Criminal Justice 597/497-02 DNA Evidence in Wrongful Convictions, Special Topics
- Criminal Justice 590 Internship
Boise State University
- Biology 347 Forensic Biology
- Biology 343 Genetics #70356
- Biology 343SL #70358 Genetics Service Learning Lab
- Biology 301 Cell Biology
- Biology 496 Section 03 Independent Study, #75883
- Criminal Justice 497 Forensic Biology
Clayton State courses
Biotechnology, Biotechnology Lab, Genetics, Human Genetics (on-line), Recombinant DNA Laboratory, Biobusiness and Regulatory Affairs, Microbiology, Microbiology Lab, Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) sequence, A&P Labs, Sex and Reproduction, Introductory Biology (majors and non-majors sequence), Introductory Biology Labs, Biotechnology for teacher education students
Exit to Freedom, the Calvin Johnson Story
- Pham-Hoai, E., Crispino, F., Hampikian, G., The first successful use of simple low stringency familial searching in a French criminal investigation (Journal of Forensic Science, In press 2014).
- Goswami, J., Davis, M.S, Andersen, T., Alileche, A., Hampikian, G. Safeguarding Forensic DNA Reference Samples with Nullomer Barcodes, (In press, the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine 2013).
- Besecker, J., Cornell, K. A., and Hampikian, G., Dynamic Passivation with BSA Overcomes LTCC Mediated Inhibition of PCR, Sensors and Actuators, Vol. 176, Pages 118–123 (January 2013).
- Visser, R. and Hampikian G., When DNA Won’t Work, Idaho Law Review (in press, Fall 2012).
- Davis, M., Muller, R., Hampikian, G., The PCR enhancer STRboost™ overcomes humic acid inhibition with forensic DNA typing kits, (submitted).
- Ullakko, K., Wendell, L., Smith, A., Müllner, P. and Hampikian, G., Magnetic shape memory micropump: contact-free, and compatible with PCR and human DNA profiling, Smart Materials and Structures 21 (2012).
- Allileche, A., Goswami, J., Davis, M., Bourland, B., Nullomer Derived Anti-Cancer Peptides, Peptides, Volume 38, Issue 2, Pages 302–311, (December 2012),
- Valverde, L., Rosique, M., Köhnemann, S., Cardoso, S., García, A., Odriozola, A., Aznar, JM, Celorrio, D., Schuerenkamp, M., Zubizarreta, J., Davis, M., Hampikian, G., Pfeiffer, H., de Pancorbo, M. Y-STR variation in the Basque diaspora in the Western USA: evolutionary and forensic perspectives, Mar;126(2):293-8, Int J Legal Med, (2012)
- Karalova, E. M., Sargsyan, Kh.V., Hampikian G.K., Voskanyan , H. E., Abroyan L. O., Avetisyan A. S., Hakobyan, & L. A, Arzumanyan, H.H., Zakaryan H. S., Karalyan, Zaven A., Phenotypic and cytologic studies of lymphoid cells and monocytes in primary culture of porcine bone marrow during infection of African swine fever virus, BMC Veterinary Research, 8:18 (2012)
- Hampikian, G, West, E., Askelrod, O. “The Innocence Network: Analysis of 194 American DNA Exonerations,”Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics 12 (2011).
- Zubizarreta, J., Davis, M., Hampikian, G., “The Y-STR genetic diversity of an Idaho Basque population, with comparison to European Basques and US Caucasians”, Human Biology, 83(6): 685-694, (2011).
- Dror, I. and Hampikian, G., Subjectivity and bias in forensic DNA mixture interpretation, Science & Justice, Dec;51(4):204-8, Epub 2011 Sep 1.(2011)
- Bourland, W., Vdacny, P, Davis, M., and Hampikian, G., Morphology, Morphometrics and Molecular Characterization of Bryophrya gemmea n. sp. (Ciliophora, Colpodea): Implications for the Phylogeny and Evolutionary Scenario for the Formation of Oral Ciliature in Order Colpodida, Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, vol 58, Issue 1, p 22-36, January/February 2011.
- Davis, M., Novak, S., Hampikian, G., Mitochondrial DNA analysis of an immigrant Basque population: loss of diversity due to founder effects, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Vol. 144, Issue 4, p516-525, April (2011).
- Bullock, C., Jacob, R., McDougal, O., Hampikian, G., Andersen, T. DockoMatic – Automated Ligand Creation and Docking, BMC Research Notes 2010, 3:289.
- Abu B. Kanu, Greg Hampikian, Simon D. Brandt, Herbert H. Hill Jr., Ribonucleotide and ribonucleoside determination by ambient pressure ion mobility spectrometry, Analytica Chimica Acta 658 (2010) 91–97.
- D. E. Krane, et al. (39 authors) “Time for DNA Disclosure”, Science, Vol. 326. no. 5960, pp. 1631 – 1632, 18 December (2009).
- Lucian A. Lucia, Lambrini Adamapoulos, Jason Montegna, Greg Hampikian, Dimitris S. Argryopoulos, John Heitmann (2007), “A Simple Method to Tune the Gross Antibacterial Activity of Cellulosic Biomaterials, Carbohydrate Polymers 69”; 805–810.
- Greg Hampikian and Tim Andersen (2007), “Absent Sequences: Nullomers and Primes,” Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing, 12:355-366.
- K. Moeller, J. Besecker, G. Hampikian, A. Moll, D. Plumlee, J. Youngsman and J.M. Hampikian, (2007), “A Prototype Continuous Flow Polymerase Chain Reaction LTCC Device,” Materials Science Forum Vols. 539-543 pp. 523-528.
- G. Hampikian, (2005), “The Future of Forensic DNA,” The Canadian Journal of Police and Security Services, (Spring, 2005).
- M. Crayton, C. Ladd, M. Sommer, G. Hampikian, L. Strausbaugh, (2004), “An organizational model of transcription factor binding sites for a histone promoter in D. melanogaster,” In Silico Biology 4, 40-45 (October, 2004).
- “Exit to Freedom,” Johnson and Hampikian (University of Georgia Press, 2003): Calvin C. Johnson, Jr.’s autobiography (written by Hampikian). The true story of a man who served 16 years in Georgia prisons for a rape he did not commit until DNA evidence freed him. Afterward by Barry Scheck.
Awarded the 2004 Silver Medal in biography, (ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards).
Nominated for the 2004 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.
Nominated for the 2004 African American Literary Awards.
- P. Henderson, D. Jones, G. Hampikian, Y. Kan, and G. Schuster (1999), “Long-distance charge transport in duplex DNA: The polaron-like hopping mechanism,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, Vol. 96, Issue 15, 8353-8358, July 20, 1999.
- G. Hampikian, J. Graves, D. Cooper, (1994), “Sex- determination in the marsupial” in Molecular Genetics of Sex Determination, (Ed. S. Wachtel), Academic Press.
- M. Gaudette, G. Hampikian, V. Metelev, S. Agrawal and W. Crain, (1993), “Effect on embryos of phosphorothioate modified oligos. into pregnant mice,” Antisense Res. & Dev., 3:391-397.
- J. Graves, J. Foster, G. Hampikian, F. Brennan, (1993), “Sex- determination in marsupial mammals,” in Sex Chromosomes and Sex Determining Genes, (Editors, K. Reed and J. Graves) Gordon and Breach, Melbourne.
- J. Foster, F. Brennan, G. Hampikian, P.N. Goodfellow, A. Sinclair, R. Lovell-Badge, L. Selwood, M. Renfree, D. Cooper and J. Graves, (1992), “Evolution of sex determination and the Y chromosome: SRY- related sequences in marsupials,” Nature: 359:531-533.
- F. Deak, Y. Kiss, K. Sparks, S. Argraves, G. Hampikian and P. Goetinck (1986), “Amino acid sequence of chicken cartilage link protein from c-DNA clones,” Proc. National Academy of Science, U.S.A.: 83:3766- 3770.
- Magnetomechanical Transducer, and Apparatus and Methods for Harvesting Energy, Hampikian and Mullner inventors, awarded 2011
3 applications pending
As the Biotechnology revolution comes of age, its impact on society is felt in every human endeavor, from agriculture to criminal justice. While the applications of biotechnology differ, the same scientific principles are applicable in all of these fields. Our laboratory group encompasses a wide range of interests centered around DNA sequence analysis, the control of gene expression, and biotechnology development.
Nullomers, Comparative Bioinformatics, and “DNA Safeguard”
Our lab has pioneered the study and application of sequences absent in nature. We have coined the terms “nullomers” (sequences absent from a selected species or groups of species), and “primes” (sequences absent from all GenBank data). Our work has created the first cancer drug candidate derived from Nullomers (Peptides 2012, Nullomer Cancer Drugs, actual paper, large file). The hypothesis that sequences absent from nature could lead to anticancer drugs first garnered international attention in 2006, (see New Scientist, “DNA Too Dangerous to Exist”). The study of these sequences is now being used to create DNA Barcodes, and to identify new therapeutic targets in several disease systems. In order to monitor and track Nullomers and Promes, we refresh the GenBank mirror on our BSU Beowulf cluster each month, and have developed a web tool to search for nullomers and primes.
Basque DNA Exodus, database and Population Studies
We have sampled over 200 Basque American families and study their mitochondrial, Y-Chromsome and autosomal DNA.
Ciliate phylogenetics and characterization
Dr. Bill Bourland heads up our work focused on identifying, characterizing and classifying newly discovered Idaho ciliates. See Bourland, W., Vdacny, P, Davis, M., and Hampikian, G., Morphology, Morphometrics and Molecular Characterization of Bryophrya gemmea n. sp. (Ciliophora, Colpodea): Implications for the Phylogeny and Evolutionary Scenario for the Formation of Oral Ciliature in Order Colpodida, Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, vol 58, Issue 1, p 22-36, January/February 2011.
Forensic Analysis and Biotechnology
The lab is involved in active casework, Idaho Innocence Project cases, and the development of new forensic technology.
Biohazard and Bioterror Technology
We are developing sampling protocols and biosensors to enhance the analysis of minute amounts of DNA. Together with collaborators in the College of Engineering, we are designing a miniature sensor capable of detecting environmental biohazards and bioterror agents. Our first project is the design of a miniature PCR device and micropumps for the detection of specific microbes including anthrax, small pox and tularemia.
Identification of Exhumed and Ancient DNA
We are performing DNA analysis on exhumed tissue from a 100 year old murder, and from mummified infant remains.
Antimicrobial Regulation by Modified Food Carbohydrates, and Plant Extracts
We are studying the antimicrobial properties of novel modified carbohydrates (pdf), developed in collaboration with Lucien Lucia at North Carolina State University, Department of Wood and Paper Science. We are also studying the non-contact inhibition of microbial growth by volatile agents from spices and plant extracts.
Schools: Learning Science with Forensic Investigations
High School Forensic Curriculum Aids We have developed a series of forensic science activities that can be used to teach basic scientific concepts to students in all levels of K-12 staring in 1994. In conjunction with the Boise State Forensic Science Club and The BSU Biology Club, we have tested and assessed the activities in several schools in Idaho, and across the country. Dr. Hampikian has presented his findings and run workshops for local and national groups including, The Idaho Science Teachers Association (Keynote 2006), National Science Teachers Association (2004), and The Summer Institute on Enrichment Learning and Teaching (Confratute 2004 and 2005).
Examples of National educational outreach
- Georgia Science Teachers, Forensic DNA and Biotechnology Workshop, September 13 and 14, 2011, Georgia State University, 24 teachers from Georgia Schools, Sponsoring Institutions: Georgia State University’s Bio-Bus Program; Boise State University Outreach; Bio-Rad; Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Undergraduate Science Education Division
- Georgia Science Teachers, Forensic DNA and Biotechnology Workshop, September 13 and 14, 2010, Georgia State University, 24 teachers from Georgia Schools, Sponsoring Institutions: Georgia State University’s Bio-Bus Program; Boise State University Outreach; Bio-Rad; Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Undergraduate Science Education Division
- Georgia Science Teachers, Forensic DNA and Biotechnology Workshop, November 5 and 6, 2009, Georgia State University, 24 teachers from Georgia Schools, Sponsoring Institutions: Georgia State University’s Bio-Bus Program; Boise State University Outreach; Bio-Rad; Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Undergraduate Science Education Division
- Georgia Science Teachers, Forensic DNA and Biotechnology Workshop, Sept. 15 and 16, 2008, Georgia State University, 20 teachers from Georgia Schools, Sponsoring Institutions: Georgia State University’s Bio-Bus Program; Boise State University Outreach; Bio-Rad; Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Undergraduate Science Education Division
- Atlanta Area Science Teachers, Forensic DNA and Biotechnology Workshop, Sept. 17 and 18, 2007, Georgia State University, 27 teachers from Georgia Schools, Sponsoring Institutions: Georgia State University’s Bio-Bus Program; Boise State University Outreach; Bio-Rad; Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Undergraduate Science Education Division
- AAAS American Association for the Advancement of Science, 88th Pacific Northwest Annual Meeting, Molecular Biology for High School Teachers, 2 Day workshop with Bio-Rad, June 20, 21, 18, 2007 teachers from around the Northwest
- Atlanta, in conjunction with the US Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory; 500 Students, 26 teachers, May 25, 2005. 50 hours of laboratory with teachers, followed by sustained contact and a forensic science day for students. Each year we work with high school teachers to develop a forensics based science curriculum for participating schools. The High School Curriculum in Forensic Science has received national recognition from Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal, Fox news and others. In Idaho we will be working with students in education and the sciences, and teachers in local schools to develop hands on science activities for school children. With support from BIO-RAD. See Atlanta Forensic Science for Schools, 2005
- Forensic Science and Biotechnology for Teachers. in Conjunction with Center for Applied Genetics Technology, sponsored by BIO-RAD University of Connecticut, July 7-10, 2005, 30 hour intensive lab course, 22 teachers. Hartford Courant article
- Confratute workshop for teachers of gifted children, Storrs, CT, 48 teachers, July 12, 2005
- Undergraduate educators workshop in forensic science, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Connecticut, 12 undergraduate professors, July 12-14
- NSTA Short course: “Forensic Biotechnology Laboratory for Teachers,” National Science Teachers Association Annual Convention, laboratory course, Hampikian and Burke, Atlanta, April, 2004, 6 hours, 23 teachers from around the country
Examples of Workshops and Internships for Idaho partnership schools
Kuna High, First Science Symposium Speaker, January 27, 2011
Salmon High School, visit to BSU lab, April 21, 2011 Science Tracy Burgess Chairperson
Renaissance High School, May 17, 2011
Kuna High, Timberline High, and Borah High attended Boise City Club of Boise Nov. 29, 2011
- Meridian Medical Arts High School, January 15, 2010
- Nampa High School, visit to our lab, Feb 4, 2010
- Boise High School, Feb 19, 2010, 3 presentations for different classes
- Riverglen Junior High, 8th grade Career Day, host Jeanette Griggs, November 15, 2010
- Salmon High School, 35 students 4 adults, 2010
- Horshoe Bend High School, Chris Ball, May 7, 2010
- Mountain View High School, Host Kristi Brown, Forensic Science Classes, 200 students, 5 teachers, September 30, 2009
- Discovery Center of Idaho, Forensic Science Camp, 18 students, 5th and 6th graders, 3 teachers, instructor Michael Merkly, June 17, 2008
- “Forensic DNA,” Boise High Forensic Class, Teacher Heidi Pluska and Erik Quissell, 42 students, 3 teachers, May 21, 2009
- Van Burren Elementary School, visit to Hampikian lab, May 21, 2009
- “Clones, Twins, and the Rest of Us,” Boise High School, AP Biology Classes, swabbed a set of identical twins and processed their DNA, 45 students, 3 teachers, May 20, 2009
- Salmon High Biology, visit to Hampikian Lab, 2 teachers, 26 students, 4.23.09, pdf
- North Junior High School, Boise, Ms. Viegal’s Classes, 32 students 3 teachers, 4.16.09, pdf
- Mountain View High School, presentation for Mike Knutson’s Sociology Class at the high school, 40 students and two teachers, 4.09.09
- Boise State University Preschool, 12 students under 5 years old, and 2 teachers, microscope, mosses, magnets, and snakes, February 6, 2009
- Kuna High School, 150 students, auditorium presentation, “Forensic Science and The Good Life,” December 18, 2008.
- Greenleaf Christian Academy, 40 students, 7th and 8th grade, 4 teachers, 3 parents, Lab visit and research presentation at BSU, pics, November 21, 2008
- Nampa High School, 50 students, 3 teachers, Lab visit and research presentation at BSU, pics, November 13, 2008
- Hawthorne Elementary 6th Grade, 24 students, three teachers, October 27, 2008, 5mb pdf pictures
- North Junior High School, 60 students 5 teachers, at BSU, October 10, 2008, 1.5mb pdf, 7mb ppt
- Science for preschoolers,” Boise State University Daycare, 8 very young visitors, 3 teachers, June 25, 2008
- Discovery Center of Idaho, Forensic Science Camp, 24 students, 5th and 6th graders, 5 teachers, June 17, 2008
- Mountain View High School, Meridian, Visit to School, 75 students 5 teachers, April 23, 2008
- Lincoln Elementary School, Nampa, lab visit and department tour, 28 students, 4 teachers, April 15, 2008
- Homedale High School, Laboratory visit and discussion, teacher Mark Weeks, 20 students, April 7, 2008
- Homedale Middle school 25 students, 3 teachers, lab tour, April 7, 2008, pics (ppt)
- Mountain View High School, 100 Students in sociology classes, Mike Knuston Teacher, April 23, 2008
- Emmett Junior High, 14 students, 2 teachers, visit to Biology Department, March 19, 2008
- Fairmont Junior High, Special Education Program, 20 students, 5 teachers, Ahfong room, Boise State University, April 7, 2008
- David Wisniewski Idaho City High School, shadow a scientist, March 7, 2008
- YMCA Eagle Idaho-16 students (k-5th), 3 teachers, Feb. 5, 2008, pdf pics 4mb
- Football Recruits Breakfast talk, Saturday, December 15, 2007
- Kuna High Lab Day at Boise State Biology, 20 students and teacher George Carpenter spent the day in our lab, Dec. 14, 2007
- Discovery Center of Idaho, with BSU Biology Club, Saturday, Dec 8, 2007, “DNA Forensics,” Talk, and Biology
- Outreach activities, Pics, 250 students with parents
- Discovery Center of Idaho, with BSU Biology Club, Saturday, November 10, 2007 volunteer training, Biology Outreach activities
- YMCA Eagle Idaho-18 students (k-5th), 2 teachers, pics
- Highlands Elementary, DNA Science, 18 students 1 teacher:
- Weeblos troop visit to lab: 2 hour hands on DNA, for 6 students and 10 parents
- Boise State Summer Academy, 60 students, 6 teachers, June 29, 2007
- Discovery Center Forensic Camp, 18 students 3 teachers, June 22, 2007
- Boise High workshop, teacher Heidi Pluska, 17 students in Forensic Science, May 8, 2007
- Chris Andersen, High School Intern in Hampikian Lab, 2007
- North Junior High School, 52 English Students, 3 teachers, “Writing in Science,” Mrs. Veigel’s classes, 4.11.07
- Christina Ballard, High School Intern, 2007
- Visit to Fairmont Junior High, 21 students with 9th grade teacher Tammy Burk, 3.13.07
- Fairmont Junior High visit to Boise State Forensic DNA Laboratory, DNA Forensics workshop for Accelerated Science, 21 students with 9th grade teacher Tammy Burk, 3.08.07
- Kuna High, lab visit for ornithology students, 14 students and teacher George Carpenter, 3.05.07
- Highlands Elementary, archeology stories, Miss Linn’s 3rd and 4th combined, 3.01.07
- Camas County High School, DNA Workshop at BSU, Jeff Rast and 15 Sophomores, 2.2.07
- Kuna High School, DNA workshop at BSU, George Carpenter and 16 students, Dec. 4, 2006, powerpoint
- Idaho Science Teachers, annual meeting keynote, 160 teachers, Oct. 6, 2006
- Treasure Valley Science Teachers Workshop, Vallivue High School near Caldwell, 20 teachers, Oct. 18, 2005,
- Forensic Science and Evolution in the High School Classroom, October 6 and 7, 2005 at Boise State, Sponsored by a grant from Bio-Rad, 7 teachers
- “DNA Evidence: Molecules of Truth,” for “Biology Labs Workshop for AP High School Teachers,” 8 teachers, May 20, 2005
- Highlands Elementary, Gifted program, 20 students, 2 teachers, Oct .17, 2005
- Keystone Montessori Center, 29 preschoolers ages 4-6, 4 teachers, July 21, 2005
- Forensic Science Camp with Discovery Center of Idaho, 24 students, 4 teachers, July 18-22, 2005
- Longfellow Elementary (photos),150 students, 8 teachers, May 27, 2005
- Eagle Elementary, 90 students, 8 teachers, May 5, 2005
- Discovery Center of Idaho: 550 students, 12 teachers, 9am-6PM, Forensic Science Club outreach, April 30, 2005
- Spalding Elementary (photos), 18 GATE students, 1 teacher, April 19, 2005
- Mary McPherson Elementary, 175 students, 8 teachers, February 11, 2005
- Treasure Valley Mathematics Science Center (photos), 28 students, 2 teachers, February 9, 2005
- Borah High: 250 students; 8 teachers, February 2, 2005
- Caldwell Jefferson Charter (Idaho Statesman article) photos, 30 students, 5 teachers, January 26, 2005
- ANSER Charter school, Forensic Science Club visits school for latent print mystery, 3-hour program, 35 students, 6 teachers, December 8, 2004
- ANSER Charter: 40 students; 6 teachers, visit BSU lab for hands-on DNA, December 1, 2004