Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

New Faculty Appointment in the Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program at IUPUI

Release Date: 
Aug 29 2011

Indianapolis, IN — The School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) announces the appointment of Christine Picard, Ph.D., as an assistant professor in the Department of Biology and the Forensic and Investigative Sciences (FIS) program. 

Christine Picard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of  Biology and the Forensic and Investigative Sciences (FIS) program

Christine Picard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology and the Forensic and Investigative Sciences (FIS) program

“Dr. Picard represents an important addition to the Forensic and Investigative Science Program through her expertise in forensic biology and entomology, as well as her dedication to undergraduate and graduate education,” said John Goodpaster, Ph.D. director of the FIS program. 

"I'm very excited to have Dr. Picard join our faculty. Her research points to important new methods in forensic investigations, but it will also expose our students to state of the art methods in population genetics," said Simon Atkinson, Ph.D., chair of the biology department.

Picard’s research studying the population genetics and genomics of blowflies led to methods to improve the accuracy of death investigations when a corpse is moved. At IUPUI, Picard aims to expand her research to additional insect species.

Christine Picard joins IUPUI after completing her post-doctoral research at the Department of Entomology at Texas A & M University. Prior to earning her doctorate in biology from West Virginia, she worked as a medicinal chemist at Affinium Pharmaceuticals in Toronto. Picard earned an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Toronto and a B.S. in biology/chemistry from the University of New Brunswick.

The School of Science is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service in the biological, physical, behavioral and mathematical sciences. The School is dedicated to being a leading resource for interdisciplinary research and science education in support of Indiana's effort to expand and diversify its economy. For more information visit science.iupui.edu