Greg Hampikian is a prominent American biologist of Armenian descent and the founder and director of the Idaho Innocence Project. He is considered one of the foremost forensic DNA experts in the United States.
Dr. Hampikian assisted in the establishment of various forensic evidence projects such as the Georgia Innocence Project, the Irish Innocence Project, and the Innocence Project France. He is currently a Professor in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Criminal Justice at Boise State University. Dr. Hampikian is a DNA Expert on the Georgia Innocence Project Board. Hampikian is a New York Times contributing columnist whose two most popular contributions to date have been "Men, Who Needs Them" and "When May I Shoot a Student". Dr Hampikian has published in numerous scholarly scientific journals, including Nature and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Hampikian was inducted as a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. His inventions range from a magnetic shape memory alloy micro-pump to a forensic DNA labeling kit that prevents contamination of samples given to the police. Dr. Hampikian pioneered the study of DNA and protein sequences absent from nature and coined the term Nullomers. Hampikian lectures on DNA science generally as well as DNA in forensic evidence specifically nationwide. Dr. Hampikian is noted for his work on several exonerations both nationally and internationally including his work on the Amanda Knox case.
Life and work
Greg Hampikian, PhD, is of Armenian descent. He received a master's degree and a PhD from the University of Connecticut in 1986 and 1990, respectively. He has worked with many attorneys on cases which involved DNA forensics investigation. He established the Idaho Innocence Project which analyzes wrongful conviction claims and assists those who have been falsely charged.
Hampikian is a contributor to scientific journals, newspapers and magazines; including a farcical look at the issue of allowing concealed weapons on college campuses. He has been featured on television numerous times in news networks such as CNN and BBC. He is also the co-author of the "Exit to Freedom" which documents the life of Calvin C. Johnson Jr., a wrongfully convicted criminal who spent seventeen years in prison.
Prof. Hampikian is also an accomplished amateur folk singer and songwriter.
During the high-profile case of Amanda Knox, on May 23, 2011, Greg Hampikian announced that, based on its independent investigation and review, DNA samples taken at the crime scene all pointed to African drifter Rudy Guede and excluded Knox and Sollecito. Upon reexamination of the DNA, he concluded that the evidence is unreliable and contaminated. Hampikian's findings are one of the main reasons that Knox and Sollecito were set free. Amanda Knox: Keep fighting for your innocence BBC Radio series "Troubling flaws in Forensic Science," Dr. Greg Hampikian a professor in the Biology and Criminal Justice Departments at Boise State University, and the Director of the Idaho Innocence Project discusses his work on the Amanda Knox case. Amanda Knox legal fight highlights fallibility of DNA forensics
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Greg Hampikian, an Innocence Project board member and forensics expert.Missing or empty
- "Selected Works of Greg Hampikian". Boise State University. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- "When May I Shoot a Student?". The New York Times. Feb 27, 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
- Johnson, Jr., Calvin C.; Greg Hampikian (2003). Exit to Freedom. University of Georgia Press. ISBN 0820325597.
- "Dr. Greg Hampikian Talks Pearl Harbor, Ex-mas". Boise Weekly. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
- Sewell, Cynthia. "Boise expert: DNA shows Amanda Knox isn’t guilty", Idaho Statesman, 27 May 2011.
- Forensic DNA Mixups | Greg Hampikian | TEDxBoise
- Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors: http://news.boisestate.edu/blog/48451/
- Lecture by Prof. Greg Hampikian: Forensic Science and the Innocence Approach (YouTube video)
- Dr. Greg Hampikian performing an original composition
- Boise State University http://biology.boisestate.edu/faculty-and-staff/faculty/greg-hampikian/
- Idaho Innocence Project http://www.innocenceproject.boisestate.edu
- Today Show: http://www.today.com/video/today/54663278#54663278
- Idaho Innocence Project client Sarah Pearce: http://www.kboi2.com/news/local/Sarah-Pearce-Linda-LeBrane-attempted-murder-conviction-resolution-offer-deal-Idaho-Innocence-Project-243604011.html?tab=video&c=y
- CNN: Amanda Knox Case: http://us.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/crime/2014/01/31/nr-intv-greg-hampikian-amanda-knox-retrial.cnn-ap.html
- ITN London Amanda Knox: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqW_aZG2hzc
- CNN Anderson Cooper: http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/30/new-questions-raised-by-the-amanda-knox-conviction/?hpt=ac_bn5
- Convocation 2013 Speech: http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2013/08/26/convocation-ceremony-draws-overflow-crowd/
- Blue Review: https://thebluereview.org/a-george-zimmerman-sans-gun/
- New Scientist: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21829155.900-lethal-dna-tags-could-keep-innocent-people-out-of-jail.html#.VDRrYRbz79g
- Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine: http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2013/04/29/researcher-reveals-new-way-to-safeguard-dna-samples/
- Le Monde 2013: http://nau.edu/uploadedFiles/Academic/SBS/CCJ/Journal%20Electronique.pdf
- New Scientist 2012: https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22424-molecules-too-dangerous-for-nature-kill-cancer-cells.html#.VDRsDxbz79g
- Forensic Magazine: http://www.forensicmag.com/news/2012/10/single-crystal-pump-miniaturized-dna-forensics-developed
- Materials and Systems: http://iopscience.iop.org/0964-1726/21/11/115020/
- The Economist: http://www.economist.com/node/21543121
- New Scientist: DNA Too Dangerous to Exist: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19325853.200-the-dna-so-dangerous-it-does-not-exist.html
- USA Today: Bones not those of James gang gunslinger: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/science/columnist/vergano/story/2011-10-09/jesse-james-gang-charlie-pitts-dna/50690618/1
- Le Journal du Dimanche: http://www.lejdd.fr/International/USA/Actualite/Amanda-Knox-est-accusee-du-meurtre-de-sa-colocataire-362415
- Nature News (Forensic news): http://www.nature.com/news/forensic-investigation-needs-more-science-1.11271
- Scientific American (Forensic news): http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/more-science-needed-for-forensic-investigations/
- NPR: Calvin Johnson case book "Exit to Freedom": http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7567797
- Fox Atlanta: Kerry Robinson Case: http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/17902683/i-team-the-gbi-and-dna-pt-2
- CNN: Amanda Knox Case (video): http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/07/video-knoxs-prosecutors-under-fire/
- 20/20: Amanda Knox Case (video): http://abcnews.go.com/2020/video/amanda-knox-ital-evidence-murder-court-law-13759046
- Beyond the Blue podcast (audio): http://beyondtheblue.boisestate.edu/blog/2011/10/18/greg-hampikian/
- CNN: http://newsroom.blogs.cnn.com/2011/10/03/dna-expert-explains-science-involved-in-the-amanda-knox-trial/?iref=allsearch
- City Club of Boise: Audio about Amanda Knox case: http://www.cityclubofboise.org/archive/2011/111129/111129.mp3
- Dateline NBC: Chris Tapp Case Video: http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/48786251#48786251
- NPR: The story with Dick Gordon: http://www.thestory.org/stories/2013-06/greg-hampikian
- Science Friday with Ira Flatow: http://www.npr.org/2012/09/28/161955789/analysing-the-evidence-on-dna?ft=1