Drew Reams
DNA Forensics Academy Instructor


Professor Drew Reams brings his students into the real world of criminologists as instructor of the DNA Forensics Academy, one of the longest running and most popular of the Summer Academies for High School Students. He is a professor of biological sciences at Sacramento State and heads our DNA Forensics Academy, showing students how forensic biology can help solve crimes and how CSI really works.

Reams has been a geneticist for more than 20 years and teaches undergraduate courses in genetics and forensic biology. He is the program adviser of two Sacramento State research labs: a bacterial genetics research lab and a forensic biology research lab, which focuses on unsolved problems in forensics. 

Reams also led a motivational seminar after thru-hiking” the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010. Spanning 2,700 miles, the trail runs from Mexico to Canada and across some of the most beautiful land in the western United States. Hikers who attempt the trail in a single year are known as thru-hikers and completing the trail had been his goal for more than 13 years. For Reams, thru-hiking produced life lessons in ”becoming more successful at work and squeezing the most of of life.”

Reams earned in doctorate in microbiology at the University of Georgia, Athens and his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences with a minor in chemistry at California State University, Chico.