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Biochemistry and Chemistry Programs

W.C. Morris Building
Room 417
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4948
Fax: 660-543-8142

Biochemistry, Chemistry & Physics


The University of Central Missouri Biochemistry, Chemistry & Physic sprograms are committed to our students, alumni, community, and industrial colleagues through a strong outreach program. Seminars are scheduled throughout the year as part of this program. The seminar series will provide a great deal of enrichment to students, faculty, colleagues, and visiting guests.

The highlight of the seminar series is the annual colloquium co-sponsored by Central Missouri's Biochemistry, Chemistry & Physics programs, the ACS Student Affiliates, Society of Physics Students and Sigma Xi. West-Central Missouri High School students who have excelled in the sciences, and participating teachers, will be recognized at the colloquium. A nationally-known speaker is invited to present a public-oriented science seminar.

A primary goal of the seminar series is to enhance the partnership between academic and industrial scientists. We hope that our colleagues in industry and education will attend and benefit from this event.



Mr. Martin Lindenbusch (colloquium speaker)
Supervisor of Toxicology
Missouri  State Highway Patrol Crime Laboratory
Jefferson City, MO

Saturday, November 8
10 AM  to  12 PM
Nahm Auditorium, UCM


Forensic science has recently enjoyed much popularity in the media through such television
programs as CSI-Miami, and rightly so, since forensic science has attained a singularly important role in the criminal justice system.  However, crime laboratories in the real world function a bit differently than those portrayed in television programs and movies.  Martin Lindenbusch will discuss what actually occurs in a crime laboratory, focusing in particular on the role of analytical chemistry.   Some noteworthy case reports will serve to illustrate the application of certain analytical chemistry techniques.  The presentation will include a discussion of the educational background necessary for success in the field of forensic science. 

About the Speaker: Martin Lindenbusch

Mr. Martin Lindenbusch is a 1990 graduate of the University of Central Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a minor in biology.  After graduation, Mr. Lindenbusch accepted a position as a forensic toxicologist with the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Laboratory in Jefferson City.  He has been employed there continuously since then.  Mr. Lindenbusch currently is the Supervisor of Toxicology with the crime laboratory and also serves as the technical leader for toxicology.  Mr. Lindenbusch has a broad base of experience in forensic science in general and toxicology specifically.  Mr. Lindenbusch is a Diplomate of the American Board of Criminalistics and an active member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists and Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists.
  Under the direction of Mr. Lindenbusch, the twelve members of Toxicology Section analyze forensic evidence from a wide variety of cases including driving while intoxicated investigations, postmortem investigations, sexual assaults, and homicides.  The panel of analyses includes blood volatiles, abused and prescription drugs, carbon monoxide, and other poisons.  Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, headspace gas chromatography, thin layer chromatography, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay are analytical techniques frequently employed by the group.