Christopher J. Ehrhardt, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University

Christopher J. Ehrhardt, PhD
Christopher J. Ehrhardt, PhD

Dr. Ehrhardt's main interests are in the areas of forensic biology, microbiology, and trace evidence analysis. He currently maintains a microbial culturing facility that he uses to investigate the chemical and biological signatures associated with the production process of illicitly-grown bacteria (e.g., Bacillus anthracis, Yersinia pestis). Dr. Ehrhardt's lab also works on developing new methods for analyzing complex cell mixtures that are recovered as evidence from a crime scene. Sample types range from bacterial communities within complex matrices to human cell mixtures recovered from â??touch' and trace biological samples.



  1. Brocato ER, Philpott MK, Connon CC, Ehrhardt CJ. Rapid differentiation of epithelial cell types in aged biological samples using autofluorescence and morphological signatures. PLoS One. 2018 May 17;13(5):e0197701. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0197701. eCollection 2018. PubMed PMID: 29772013; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5957390.