Colleen Fitzpatrick - From Physics to Forensic Genealogy
“I shine a light on things for a living,” says Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD ’83. This simple statement covers Fitzpatrick’s wildly varying experiences since graduating, including building an optical laboratory in her garage, starting her own laser and optics company, and most recently, using “forensic genealogy” and DNA analysis to locate missing people, identify remains, and solve historical mysteries.

Interested in finding out what physics and forensic genealogy have in common? Check out the Duke Physics News Article at

These photos published with permission by Colleen Fitzpatrick.
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