Terri Haddix, M.D. Forensic Pathologist
Dr. Haddix brings over 20 years of experience with an extremely diverse background that includes performing forensic autopsies, postmortem brain examinations, and faculty positions at Stanford University Medical Center, University of San Francisco, University of California, San Diego, and the University of Washington. Dr. Haddix also has over 15 publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Our Biology/DNA Team
David Hansen, M.S. DNA Section Technical Leader
Mr. Hansen joined Forensic Analytical in December 2012. He specializes in the examination of physical evidence for human biological material and the isolation, extraction, quantification, amplification, and STR genetic analysis of DNA using state-of-the-art PCR-based autosomal (Identifiler) and y-chromosome (Yfiler) STR analysis via capillary electrophoresis. He was responsible for the lab’s implementation of probabilistic genotyping and the validation of STRMix, in addition to his experience in the examination of evidence In both criminal and civil casework.
Nancy Dinh, M.S. Senior DNA Forensic Scientist / QA Manager
Ms. Dinh joined Forensic Analytical Crime Lab in August 2015. She specializes in screening evidence for biological material and processing samples for DNA using STR and Y STR-based PCR techniques. She has extensive experience with criminal pre- and post-conviction casework as well as civil casework and is available for consultation and review of other expert work. In addition to her normal duties, Ms. Dinh enjoys delivering presentations about forensic DNA and talking to aspiring forensic scientists about future potential career paths.
Kristen Harty-Connell Senior DNA Forensic Scientist
Welcome to Kristen Harty-Connell who joined our team May 16th, 2022. She has terrific experience from the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab and the Montana State Crime Lab.
Our Criminalistics Team
Kenton Wong, B.S., M.A., D-ABC, LCT, CCSI Senior Forensic Scientist
Mr. Wong has over 30 years of experience in forensic science with law enforcement agencies. He is court qualified in many areas of forensic science, including crime scene reconstruction, firearms and tool marks, bloodstain pattern analysis, arson accelerant examinations, blood alcohol analysis and interpretation, and controlled substances and has testified internationally in Hong Kong and Italy. He is also a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Criminalistics (D-ABC), a Distinguished Member of the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE) and a board-certified Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI, #1840) with the International Association for Identification (IAI). Currently Mr. Wong serves as the chairman of the Forensic Alcohol Advisory Committee for the California Association of Criminalists and on the California State Department of Public Health’s Forensic Alcohol Review Committee. He is a member of several other professional associations, the author of several published articles and has received two awards for his work with forensic associations. He is a Licensed Clinical Toxicologist (LCT, #MTF 205), and Forensic Alcohol Supervisor, licensed with the California State Department of Public Health for over 30 years. He served as the Scientific Editor for Chapters 6 and 11 on “Alcohol Intoxication” and “Firearms and Tool Marks”, respectively, in the 2008 Edition of the text, “Scientific Evidence in California Criminal Cases”, jointly published by the Continuing Education Board of the State Bar and the Regents of the University of California. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction (ACSR) from 2010 – 2015 and as President for 2014 & 2015 and is also a member of the Shooting Incident Reconstruction Glossary Committee which promotes standardization of shooting incident reconstruction terminology. His work has been profiled on a Discovery Channel’s episode of “Extreme Forensics” and he has had a number of articles on ballistics and crime scene work published in scientific journals. Most recently he performed the ballistics examination on the “Tiger King” case profiled on the popular 2020 Netflix series.
Chris Coleman, B.S., F-ABC Senior Forensic Scientist
Mr. Coleman has a BS in Forensic Science and over 28 years of experience in forensic science with city and county law enforcement agencies, including fifteen years with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Crime Laboratory (nine as supervisor). He has been court qualified in firearms and toolmark examination, shooting incident reconstruction, crime scene processing, blood spatter interpretation, controlled substance analysis and latent print processing. He holds expertise in firearms examination, shooting reconstruction, crime scene processing and blood spatter analysis. He is a fellow of the American Board of Criminalistics and has held certifications in firearms, toolmark, distance determination and gunshot residue by the Association of Firearms and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE). He has published and extensively taught various firearms-related subjects to law enforcement, medical and legal groups, including a recurring shooting incident reconstruction class with the California Criminalistics Institute (CCI). He is a California POST certified Firearms and Force Options instructor and range master. He is also a past president of the California Association of Criminalists (CAC).
Peter Barnett, B.S., D-ABC Retired / Senior Forensic Scientist
Mr. Barnett was co-founder and partner at Forensic Science Associates for more than 30 years prior to the merging of the two firms. He is experienced in the examination and analysis of physical evidence including field and laboratory examination of all types of physical evidence and has also investigated a wide variety of types of crime and accident scenes. He is a court qualified, expert witness in California, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Alaska, Oklahoma and Hawaii as well as federal and military courts. He is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Criminalistics and a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Science. Mr. Barnett’s accomplishments in forensics include publishing two books, a staggering number of articles and three service awards from the California Association of Criminalistics.
Our Forensic Pathology Team
Terri Haddix, M.D. Forensic Pathologist
Dr. Haddix is a board-certified anatomic, forensic and neuropathologist. Dr. Haddix received anatomic pathology training at the University of Washington, Seattle and completed fellowships in forensic pathology (King County Medical Examiner’s Office, Seattle) and neuropathology (Stanford University Medical Center). Dr. Haddix has performed forensic autopsies in a number of jurisdiction in California and has provided expert testimony in both criminal and civil cases. Dr. Haddix has authored over 15 published articles in peer-reviewed journals