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Kimberly Kobojek

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Clinical Associate Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2352
Instructor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2352
Instructor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2352
Biography

Kimberly Kobojek received her bachelor's in biology from Arizona State University in 1993. After a short career in cytogenetics at a private lab in Chandler, Arizona, as well as volunteering for the Mesa Police Department Crime Laboratory, Kobojek began her career as a forensic scientist (a.k.a. "criminalist") with the City of Phoenix Police Department (PPD) Crime Laboratory. While working for the PPD Crime Lab, Kobojek worked in the Controlled Substances Unit, the Toxicology/Blood Alcohol Unit, and the Forensic Biology Unit. She also earned her master's degree in biology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney while working full time. Upon earning her master's degree, Kobojek was able to serve as an adjunct professor in the Life Sciences Department at Paradise Valley Community College where she taught BIO 156 and BIO 205. During her time with the city, Kobojek testified as an expert witness or was involved in a number of ground-breaking or high-profile criminal cases in Maricopa County including the "Baseline Killer" case; the case of Ray Krone; and the case dubbed the "A.M. Rapist" case.

Teaching science has always been a passion, so after 17 years with the City of Phoenix, Kobojek made the decision to move onwards and upwards to Arizona State University and the New College on the West campus-she's never looked back!  Go Devils!

Education
  • M.S. Biology, University of Nebraska-Kearney 
  • B.S. Biology, Arizona State University 1993
Research Interests

The CODIS database and potential long-term effects and ramifications of widespread DNA collection and storage from individuals; Forensic DNA analysis of "touch DNA"; science education and outreach programming; the "C.S.I. Effect"; bloodstain pattern analysis

Publications

Published Proceedings

Kobojek, K., Marshall, P., Sweat, K., Broach, J., Foltz-Sweat, J., and Falsetti, A. (2019). Addressing the Challenge of Conducting Undergraduate Research in Forensic Science Academic Programs Using a Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE).  The Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 71st Annual Scientific Meeting.

Vietri, K., Cruz, M. and Kobojek, K. (2019). The Effects of Household Cleaners and Paint on the Detection of Bloodstains Over Time.  The Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 71st Annual Scientific Meeting.

Kidd, J., Jimenez-Navarro, M., Manas, C. and Kobojek, K. (2019).  The Persistence of Salivary α-Amylase on Decomposing Skin. The Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 71st Annual Scientific Meeting.

Kobojek, K. (2017). Visualizations for Introducing Database Concepts in Forensic Science.  The Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 69th Annual Scientific Meeting.

Craig, C. and Kobojek, K. (2017).  Effectiveness of Blood Detecting Techniques Leading to the Further Analysis of Bluestar® Luminol. Proceedings of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science, Volume 52.

Little, C. and Kobojek, K. (2015). The Possibility and Forensic Use of Distinguishable Horizontal Gene Transfer between Gonorrhea and Humans. Proceedings of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science, Volume 50.

Kobojek, K. and Twigg, P. (2011). Evaluation of “Non-Toxic” Cleaners’ Effects on Presumptive Blood Tests-Can “Green” Products Make a Difference?  The Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting.

Technical Reports

Kobojek, K. (2005).  “Safety and Health.”  National Forensic Science Technology Center DNA Analyst Training Module for the President’s DNA Initiative.  Access available at: http://www.nfstc.org/pdi/Subject10/pdi_s10_m03.htm

Conference Presentations

“Addressing the Challenge of Conducting Undergraduate Research in Forensic Science Academic Programs Using a Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE).” Scientific Session, Oral Presentation.  American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual meeting, Baltimore, MD. February 2019.

“Visualizations for Introducing Database Concepts in Forensic Science.” Poster presentation, American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual meeting, New Orleans, LA. February 2017.

 “What Shapes Our Future?: Foundations and New Directions.” Young Forensic Scientists Forum, Oral Presentation. American Academy of Forensic sciences annual meeting, New Orleans, LA. February 2017.

“The Effect of Non-Toxic Cleaners on Presumptive Blood Tests-Does “Green” Make a Difference?”  Poster presentation, American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual meeting, Chicago, IL.  February 2011.

“Looks Can be Deceiving-The Cold Case of Adele Curtis.”  Invited technical presentation, Bode Technology 5th Annual Advanced DNA Technical Workshop, San Diego, CA.  April 2008

Research Activity
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
FOR 394Special Topics
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
FOR 290Hist Perspect of Forensic Sci
FOR 370Mod Practices in Forensic Sci
HON 394Special Topics
FOR 401Forensic Toxicology
PTX 401Forensic Toxicology
FOR 493Honors Thesis
LSC 493Honors Thesis
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
FOR 286Prin. of Forensic Science
FOR 410Prof Practices in Forensic Sci
FOR 492Honors Directed Study
FOR 493Honors Thesis
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
FOR 388Research for Natural Sciences
LSC 388Research for Natural Sciences
FOR 484Internship
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FOR 286Prin. of Forensic Science
FOR 410Prof Practices in Forensic Sci
FOR 492Honors Directed Study
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FOR 394Special Topics
FOR 484Internship
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FOR 370Mod Practices in Forensic Sci
HON 394Special Topics
FOR 401Forensic Toxicology
LSC 493Honors Thesis
FOR 493Honors Thesis
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
FOR 394Special Topics
FOR 484Internship
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
FOR 401Forensic Toxicology
FOR 420Mod Practices in Forensic Sci
LSC 486Peer Mentoring in Life Science
LSC 493Honors Thesis
FOR 493Honors Thesis
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
FOR 484Internship
FOR 494Special Topics
FOR 499Individualized Instruction
Professional Associations

American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Fellow

American Board of Criminalistics, Diplomate

Council of Forensic Science Educators, Member

American Board of Crime Laboratory Directors, Academic Affiliate

California Association of Criminalists, Member (1998 - Present)

Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists, Member (1998 - Present)

Service
  • MNS Curriculum Committee, Member (2014 - Present)
  • Arizona Forensic Science Advisory Committee, Invited Member (2013 - Present)
  • NCIAS Assessment Committee, Member (2013 - Present)
  • New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (NCIAS), Faculty Ambassador (2013 - Present)
  • Homecoming Block Party, member (2014 - 2017)
  • Forensics Faculty Search Committee, Chair and Member (2013 - present)
  • AZ SciTech Festival, featured presenter (2014 - 2014)
  • Open Door planning committee and attendee/presenter, member (2014 - present)
  • AZ Middle School Science Bowl, Judge (2014 - 2014)
  • Annual NCIAS Program Assessments, Assessor (2013 - 2013)