Dr. Greg Hampikian is a nationally known DNA expert and professor of forensic
biology. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he serves as the Director of the
Idaho Innocence Project and the DNA Expert on the Georgia Innocence Project Board. Dr.
Hampikian’s scientific work has been published in journals such as Nature and the
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a frequent keynote speaker at
national conferences and offers workshops and presentations for schools across Idaho. Dr.
Hampikian is also co-author of “Exit to Freedom,” which chronicles Calvin Johnson’s 17
year battle to prove his innocence, and ultimately his exoneration by DNA evidence. In
2012, Dr. Hampikian was named a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors
(NAI). Election to NAI Fellow status is a professional distinction accorded to academic
inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or
facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life,
economic development and the welfare of society. 



The First Successful Use of a Low Stringency Familial Match in a French Criminal Investigation (with Emmanuel Pham-Hoai and Frank Crispino), Journal of Forensic Sciences (2014)

We describe how a very simple application of familial searching resolved a decade-old, high-profile rape/murder...



Morphology and Phylogeny of Bryophryoides ocellatus N. G., N. Sp. (Ciliophora, Colpodea) from In Situ Soil Percolates of Idaho, U.S.A. (with William A. Bourland, Laura Wendell, and Peter Vďačný), European Journal of Protistology (2014)

We describe the morphology and 18S rDNA phylogeny of Bryophryoides ocellatus n. g., n. sp.,...



Morphologic and Molecular Description of Metopus fuscus Kahl from North America and New rDNA Sequences from Seven Metopids (Armophorea, Metopidae) (with William A. Bourland and Laura Wendell), European Journal of Protistology (2014)

Most species in the large ciliate genus Metopus Claparède & Lachmann, 1858 lack detailed descriptions...



Safeguarding Forensic DNA Reference Samples with Nullomer Barcodes (with Jayita Goswami, Michael C. Davis, Tim Andersen, and Abdelkrim Alileche), Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine (2013)

Unintended transfer of biological material containing DNA is a concern to all laboratories conducting PCR...



Dynamic Passivation with BSA Overcomes LTCC Mediated Inhibition of PCR (with Jason Besecker and Kenneth A. Cornell), Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical (2013)

The increasing use of low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) for the fabrication of biological microfluidic...




Exit to Freedom (with Calvin C. Johnson Jr.), Faculty Authored Books (2003)

This is the first-ever personal account of a wrongful conviction overturned by DNA evidence. "With...



Forensic DNA Investigation, The Past, Present, and Future of DNA Science Symposium, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University (2015)

The Idaho Innocence Project: From Amanda Knox to Chris Tapp, Herrett Forum, College of Southern Idaho (2014)

Nullomer Tags: DNA Safeguard Against Contamination, International Symposium on Human Identification (2013)

Nullomers are the smallest DNA sequences not seen in nature. These were identified and named...


Amanda Knox: How DNA Convicted and Freed and Innocent Woman, International Symposium on Human Identification (2013)

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of murdering Meredith Kercher largely on the basis...


The Genetics of Innocence: DNA Lessons from the Amanda Knox Case, National Research Center, Institute of Genetics and Biophysics (2012)

Hampikian shared data from his lab’s recent publications on forensic DNA analysis, including “The Genetics...




Device with Magnetoplastic and/or Magnetoelastic Thin-Film Transducer and Pick-Up Coil for Harvesting Energy (with Peter Müllner), Boise State Patents (2011)

A magnetoplastic and/or magnetoelastic material transduces linear motion, delivered to it by a mechanical counection,...