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Bobby LaRue

Associate Professor

  • Ph.D. Molecular Biology, University of North Texas (2010)
  • B.S. Biochemistry, University of North Texas (2002)


Office: CFS 222
Phone: (936) 294-3202

Areas of Expertise:
Forensic Genetics, Population Genetics, Molecular Biology


Dr. Bobby LaRue is an Associate Professor of Forensic Science at Sam Houston State University. He joined the faculty of the Department of Forensic Science in 2016 following several years in the Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics at University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) in Fort Worth.

In 2010, Dr. LaRue completed a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of North Texas which was awarded a prestigious Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. He publishes regularly in peer-reviewed journals such as the International Journal of Legal Medicine and Forensic Science International: Genetics and has been awarded several grants, including one from the National Institute of Justice entitled Development of Improved Insertion-Deletion Assays for Human and Ancestral Identifications from Degraded Samples.

Research Interests:

Dr. LaRue's research interests include genotyping degraded DNA samples, alternative genomic markers such as insertion-deletion polymorphisms, population genetics, rapid DNA genotyping, and massively parallel sequencing. Dr. LaRue has widely published his research in several scientific journals and presented papers at national and international conferences.

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