Name: Brian Olson
Academic Rank: Assistant Professor
Department: Biology and Chemistry
School: School of Health Professions and Natural Sciences
Office: SH 207
Phone: (973) 328-5339
Education: M.Phil CUNY Graduate Center
B.A. Hunter College

Hired: 2018
Courses Taught: CHM 105
Special Projects: I’m working on an interdepartmental collaboration to build virtual crime scenes for high-end virtual reality headsets (Oculus Rift) to apply and integrate the forensic science content taught in CHM-105 (Forensic Science). The crime scenes are realistic, highly detailed, and presented in stereoscopic 3D for fully immersive environments. I’m also creating a new forensic science lab manual that features illustrated crime scenes for a single investigation with a series of narrative components, sets of crime scene evidence that evolves into a coherent story with logic problems based on evidence and experimental data obtained in class. I’m also doing research on opioid receptors to investigate how simulated water molecules can inform drug design to produce novel opioids that will be less likely to cause addiction and overdose.