Nathan H. Lents

Nathan H. Lents

Nathan H. Lents
Professor of Molecular Biology; Director of the Honors College
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2006   Post-doc   New York University (Computational Biology)
2004   PhD          Saint Louis University Medical School 
(Physiology and Pharmacology)
1999   BS             Saint Louis University (Molecular Biology)


My research lab currently has two active projects. First, we are studying the human microbiome, the community of bacteria and other microbes that live in and on us, and how this community changes following the death of the human host. The goal of this project is to develop tools to better estimate the postmortem interval (time since death) to aid death investigations. Second, we are exploring the genetic diversity in common household plants. The goal is to develop a DNA barcording system for the identification of trace plant residue recovered from crime scenes.


Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Forensic Biology, Forensic DNA, Forensic Toxicology