Academic Consultant Members

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David E. Raymond, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Raymond’s specialty is the field of injury biomechanics.  Dr. Raymond began his career in automotive safety for General Motors, specializing in occupant protection and airbag system performance.  He has conducted numerous airbag systems studies and has extensive full-scale vehicle crash testing experience.  Dr. Raymond also has experience in computer simulation of impact events. Dr. Raymond began his forensic career in 2002 and has been involved in over 500 cases involving injuries to the human body, testifying in both civil and criminal courts.  Since joining CSULA in 2011, he has established the Applied Injury Biomechanics Lab and currently co-advises undergraduate and graduate students on forensic-focused projects with his colleagues in the department of Criminalistics and Anthropology.

Dr. Raymond has published peer-review journal articles on collision-induced seat belt markings, the determination of seat belt usage in automotive collisions, biomechanical response of the head to blunt impacts, skull fracture tolerance, and injury risk assessment in falls.  Dr. Raymond has presented original research at the SAE World Congress, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Bioengineering Conference. 

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Patrick B. Sharp is a Professor and Chair of Liberal Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. He is the founding Series Editor of the New Dimensions in Science Fiction with the University of Wales Press. His books include Savage Perils: Racial Frontiers and Nuclear Apocalypse in American Culture (University of Oklahoma Press 2007) and the edited anthologies Darwin in Atlantic Cultures (Routledge 2009) and Women’s Work in Early Science Fiction (Wesleyan University Press 2015). He has also published articles on the interchange between science and culture in journals such as Twentieth Century Literature and Science Fiction Film and Television. His professional presentations include "Modern Television Procedurals as Science Fiction" to the California Association of Criminalists Seminar in 2013.

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Jay R. Vargas

Assistant Professor

  • University of Utah, 2011, Ph.D., Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Northern Arizona University, 2002, B.S., Chemistry with Forensics & Criminalistics Emphasis

Dr. Vargas’ research interests broadly include the development of analytical techniques used in forensic science, neurotoxicology, and neurobiology. Before coming to the School of Criminal Justice, Dr. Vargas began his career at the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office in Phoenix, AZ, as a forensic chemist performing routine analysis on post-mortem tissue samples in the toxicology laboratory. Dr. Vargas’ graduate and post-doctoral research activities investigated the role of non-neuronal cell types in the normal and diseased brain with the ultimate goal of discovering new pharmacological targets and treatments for difficult-to-treat neurological conditions.

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Professor Howard Xu received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Minnesota, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at The Ohio State University. After engaging in the discovery of novel antibiotics in the biotechnology industry for seven years, Professor Xu joined the biology faculty at Cal State LA in 2004. His research group is pursuing the discovery of novel antibiotics and elucidation of mechanisms of pathogenesis of bacterial pathogens with funding from federal and state agencies and the campus. Since January 1, 2015, Professor Xu serves as the Director of Incubator Development and Programming, leading university initiatives in elevating a regional ecosystem for bioscience innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization. He was honored with California State University (CSU) system-wide 2011 Andreoli Faculty Service Award and 2018 Faculty Research Award by CSUPERB (California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology).