George F. Sensabaugh Jr.

Professor Emeritus, Biomedical and Forensic Sciences
Professor, 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: 

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

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

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. Genetic diversity of arginine catabolic mobile element in staphylococcus epidermidis. PLoS ONE 4: e7722, 2009.

G.F. Sensabaugh. Microbial community profiling for the characterization of soil evidence: forensic considerations. In: Criminal and Environmental Soil Forensics, K. Ritz, L. Dawson, D. Miller, eds. Chap.4, pp.49-60 (Springer, 2009).

Diep BA, Chambers HF, Graber CJ., Sensabaugh GF, Perdreau-Remington F. Emergence of multidrug resistant, community associated, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus clone usa3000 in men who have sex with men. Ann. Internal Med. 148: 249-257 (2008)

Diep BA, Stone GG, Basuino L, Graber CJ, Miller A, des Etages S-A, Jones A, Palazzolo-Balance AM, Perdreau-Remington F, Sensabaugh GF, DeLeo FR, Chambers HF. The arginine catabolic mobile element and staphylococcal chromosomal cassette mec linkage: convergence of virulence and resistance in the usa300 clone of methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus. J. Infect. Dis. 197: 1523-1530 (2008)

Diep BA, Gill SR, Chang RF, Phan TH, Chen JH, Davidson MG, Lin F, Lin J, Carleton HA, Mongodin EF, Sensabaugh GF, and Perdreau-Remington F. Complete Genome Sequence of USA300, An Epidemic Clone of Community Acquired Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. Lancet 367: 731-739 (2006)

Brunelle BW and Sensabaugh GF. The ompA Gene in Chlamydia Trachomatis Differs in Phylogeny and Rate of Evolution from other Regions of the Genome. Infect. Immun. 74: 578-585 (2006)

Other interests: 
  • Affiliated Faculty - Graduate Group in Forensic Science, UC Davis
Profile Updated: July 21, 2017