Dr. Dean Hildebrand
Dr. Dean Hildebrand received his Ph.D. in 1996 from the University of British Columbia’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His knowledge of molecular biology stems from his graduate research and practical experience gained as a Post-doctoral Fellow and Research Associate.
He began his forensic career at UBC's Bureau of Legal Dentistry where he managed the forensic DNA testing and research.
The laboratory he helped establish has the latest technology for DNA-based human identification: mitochondrial DNA analysis, short tandem repeats (including min-STR's and Y-STR's) which has facilitated faculty and student research and expert services on challenging cases for local, national and international coroner and police agencies.
Dr. Hildebrand’s current research interests focus on forensic science, in particular the recovery and analysis of DNA from calcified tissues from degraded remains for the purposes of human identification.
Dr. Hildebrand is currently the Dean of the IZUNA School of Computing and Academic Studies.