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Department of Forensic Science

David Gangitano

Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D. Toxicology and Forensic Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (2004)
  • B.S. Chemistry, School of Natural Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (1992)


Office: CFS-221C
Phone: (936) 294-4413

Areas of Expertise:
Forensic Biology, Statistical Genetics, Crime Scene Investigation.


Dr. David Gangitano is a forensic geneticist with extensive experience in forensic molecular biology and analytical biological chemistry. Before joining SHSU, he was a research associate and adjunct faculty member at the Neuroscience Department and the Scott Department of Urology, respectively, at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He worked as a forensic chemist and forensic geneticist with the Federal Police/Atomic Energy Commission in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In Argentina, Dr. Gangitano served as a crime scene investigator and a forensic chemist, assisting with the serology of biological evidence (identification of biological fluids, hair analysis, reconstruction of blood groups and isoenzyme analysis), the identification of controlled substance, arson analysis, paint evidence analysis and crime scene investigation. As a forensic biologist he set up the first Forensic Biology Unit in Argentina. He is a founding member of GITAD (Iberoamerican Working Group in DNA Analysis). His current research includes: rapid PCR analysis, forensic molecular botany, behavioral genetics, molecular entomology and the development of molecular tools for human identification in mass disaster investigation with Dr. Hughes-Stamm.

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