Faculty - Donald J. Johnson, M.S.


ABD, University of California Los Angeles

M.S. – Forensic Science, University of California Los Angeles

Donald Johnson is a Professor of Criminalistics at Cal State LA. Before joining the faculty in 2003, Johnson was a forensic science practitioner and gained extensive experience in forensic biology, forensic pathology, and crime scene investigation and reconstruction. Johnson is active in forensic science education, in-service training, and research. His academic activities emphasize interdisciplinary collaborations. Johnson has published in scientific journals including Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, and the Journal of Forensic Sciences.

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Contact Information:

Office: Room 259, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center
Email: djohnso5@calstatela.edu
Phone: (323) 343-4620

Research Interests:

Use of miRNA markers for the detection of wound cells in bloodstains to determine the wound-of-origin; imaging systems and computer modeling for bloodstain pattern analysis; and methods to determine time-of-death 

Courses Taught:

Courtroom and Legal Issues in Criminalistics; Crime Scene Reconstruction; Forensic Biology; Physical Methods and Pattern Analysis; and Sex Crimes and Physical Evidence
Practical Experience: Medical College of Ohio at Toledo/Lucas County Coroner’s Office; County of Los Angeles Department of Coroner; and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department