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Robert Allen

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Robert Allen
Professor and Head
OSU Forensic Sciences Department Human forensic science, DNA technology, graduate education


  • B.S., University of Tulsa, Zoology
  • Ph.D., Purdue University, Cell Biology
  • Postdoc, Scripps Clinic & Research Foundation



Dr. Allen, Professor of Forensic Sciences at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, OK, also serves as Director of the OSU Human Identity Testing Laboratory. Dr. Allen, who is Board Certified by the American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, has served as the Director of the H.A. Chapman Institute of Medical Genetics and as a Scientific Director of the American Red Cross.

Dr. Allen is widely published and active in numerous professional scientific organizations including the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the International Society of Forensic Genetics. External service includes membership on the Editorial Board of Transfusion and chairmanship of the Parentage Testing Subcommittee, both of which are units of the American Association of Blood Banks.  Dr. Allen also serves on the Histocompatibility/Human Identity Testing Committee for the College of American Pathologists.  He is a recent recipient of the Director’s Award from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

The focus of his research is variability in human DNA and technologies for pathogen strain discrimination.