PhD Career Connections: Forensic Science

Kate Stuart
January 13, 2017

Join us for a panel discussion on careers in Forensic Science featuring Christina Wells and Eric Warren.

Friday, February 3

8:45-9:45am
Light Hall 202
Networking immediately after the event.
Register here.

Join us for a panel discussion on careers in Forensic Science featuring Christina Wells and Eric Warren.

Eric Warrren, Special Agent/Forensic Scientist for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Dr. Warren has been a Special Agent/Forensic Scientist for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation since August 2009, where heis assigned to the Firearm and Toolmark Identification Unit. Dr. Warren has also served as an instructor at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, the Crime Scene ProcessingSchool at the TBI Headquarters, and the Basic Criminal Investigator School at the THP Academy. In addition to his recognition as an instructor, Dr. Warren has been recognized for his leadership abilities and attended the inaugural courses for the TBI Director’s Academy. Dr. Warren has continued to do research since joining the TBI and has most recently been published in the AFTE Journal and the Journal of Forensic Sciences.

Before joining the TBI, Dr. Warren received his doctor of philosophy in Biological Sciences and his Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology with minors in Chemistry and Spanish from Vanderbilt University. During his studies atVanderbilt, Dr. Warren performed research on various aspects of DNA replication and has published several articles in the field. His articles can be found in Biochemistry, The Journal of Biological Chemistry, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2008, his article, “Structural Basis for DNA Binding by Replication Initiator Mcm10,” was featured on the cover of the journal Structure. This research was a collaborative effort by Brandt Eichman, Ph.D., associate professor of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt, Ellen Fanning, Dr. rer. nat., Walter Chazin, Ph.D., director of the Center for Structural Biology, and with Anja-Katrin Bielinsky at the University of Minnesota.

While enrolled at Vanderbilt, Dr. Warren was a Molecular Biophysics Training Grant Recipient and was awarded the Ann Bernard Martin Award for Excellence in Graduate Research. Dr. Warren has also been acknowledged as a presenter, receiving the 38th MidAtlantic Crystallography conference Best Poster Award and the Gisela Mosig Best Presenter Award.

A native of Nashville, TN, Dr. Warren currently resides in Memphis, TN with his wife Sabrina and their German Shepherd Lilly.

Christina Wells, Ph.D., Special Agent Forensic Scientist (SAFS), Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

SAFS Christina Wells, Ph.D. is a Special Agent Forensic Scientist at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Nashville Headquarters in the Forensic Biology Unit. She graduated in May 2013 with her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Vanderbilt and started in September 2013 as a contract employee in the Forensic Biology Unit. In August 2014, she was promoted to a SAFS in that same unit. In the Forensic Biology Unit she screens evidence for bodily fluids, runs DNA analysis on this evidence, and testifies on her results. She is also a member of the Violent Crime Response Team which assists local law enforcement agencies in processing crime scenes and collecting evidence.