Christopher Ehrhardt, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

Dr. Ehrhardt holds a B.S. degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Connecticut at Storrs and received his PhD from UC-Santa Barbara in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. After his PhD, he completed two postdoc appointments at the FBI Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Dr. Ehrhardt’s main interests are in the areas of forensic biology, microbiology, and trace evidence analysis. He currently maintains a microbial culturing facility that he uses to investigate the chemical and biological signatures associated with the production process of illicitly-grown bacteria (e.g., Bacillus anthracis, Yersinia pestis). Dr. Ehrhardt’s lab also works on developing new methods for analyzing complex cell mixtures that are recovered as evidence from a crime scene. Sample types range from bacterial communities within complex matrices to human cell mixtures recovered from ‘touch’ and trace biological samples. For more information, see his research blog page…