George F. Sensabaugh Jr.

Professor Emeritus of Forensic and Biomedical Sciences
Professor of the Graduate School
  • Postdoctoral Fellow - Genetics, National Institute for Medical Research, London
  • Postdoctoral Fellow - Chemistry, University of California, San Diego
  • D Criminology - University of California, Berkeley
  • BA - Philosophy, Pre-Med, Princeton University
Research Interests: 
  • Microbial population genetics and evolution - molecular epidemiology 
  • Genetic variation in human populations - biological significance and evolutionary origins
  • Forensic science - forensic genetics, science-law interactions, concepts of identification
Research Description: 

Microbial Population Genetics and Epidemiology

We are interested in the genetic structure of populations of species in the genus staphylococcus and in the role of mobile elements in shaping variation within and between species.

Forensic Science

Our research interests focus on the analysis and interpretation of biological evidence, with a current emphasis on the utilization of biological evidence in the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault.

Current Projects: 
  • Genomic characterization, population structure, and evolution of Staphylococcus saprophyticus
  • Review of evidence collection and DNA profile outcomes in sexual assault cases
Selected Publications: 

Target capture enrichment of nuclear SNP markers for massively parallel sequencing of degraded and mixed samples. (2018) Bose N, Carlberg K, Sensabaugh G, Erlich H, Calloway C. Forensic Sci Int Genet. 34:186-196.

Forensic bitemark identification: weak foundations, exaggerated claims. (2016)  Saks MJ, Albright T, Bohan TL, and 36 others. J Law Biosci. 3(3):538-575.

Staphylococcus saprophyticus Recovered from Humans, Food, and Recreational Waters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (2017) 
de Sousa VS, da-Silva APS, Sorenson L, and 12 others.  Int J Microbiol. 2017;2017:4287547.

S. Cavness, A. Choudhury, and G.F. Sensabaugh. (2014) Hospital wet mount examination for the presence of sperm in sexual assault cases is of questionable value. J. Forensic Sciences 59(3): 729-734 

B.W. Brunelle and G.F. Sensabaugh.  (2012) Nucleotide and phylogenetic analyses of the chlamydia trachomatis ompa gene indicates it is a hotspot for mutation. BMC Research Notes 5:53

Kaye DH and Sensabaugh GF. Reference guide on DNA identification evidence. In: Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, 3rd Ed., pp.129-210. Federal Judicial Center (National Academy Press, 2011)

Miragaia M, de Lencastre H, Perdreau-Remington F, Chambers HF, Higashi J, Sullam PM, Lin J, Wong KI, King KA, Otto M, Sensabaugh GF, Diep BA. (2009) Genetic diversity of arginine catabolic mobile element in staphylococcus epidermidis. PLoS ONE 4: e7722,.

Other interests: 
  • Affiliated Faculty - Graduate Group in Forensic Science, UC Davis
Profile Updated: August 6, 2018