Barbara Rae-Venter, J.D., Ph.D., is a retired intellectual property attorney who specialized in the patenting of biotechnology inventions. She earned a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin Law School and a B.A. double major in Psychology and Biochemistry (Special Projects) and a Ph.D. in Biology (Biochemistry) at the University of California at San Diego. She is licensed to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Ofﬁce and the State Bar of California (inactive). Barbara is a Search Angel with DNAAdoption.org helping adoptees ﬁnd their birth relatives and also helps teach the online autosomal DNA (atDNA) classes that DNAAdoption.org offers to help adoptees use their atDNA to ﬁnd birth relatives. Barbara’s identiﬁcation of the mother of Lisa Jensen, abducted in infancy and then abandoned by her abductor as a 5 year, led to solving the murder of the Allenstown Four in Allenstown, NH. Barbara subsequently determined the true identify of Lisa’s abductor, a man of many aliases, as Terry Peder Rasmussen. More recently, using the same technique as she used to identify Lisa and Rasmussen, Barbara identiﬁed a suspect for the notorious Golden State Killer as Joseph James DeAngelo. The technique Barbara used in these three cases is now being used to solve many previously
For her work, Barbara was recognized by the journal Nature as one of “10 people Who Mattered In Science In 2018″. She has also been recognized as one of Time 100’s Most Inﬂuential People of 2019. Barbara continues to work with law enforcement assisting with identiﬁcation of suspects in violent crimes and the identiﬁcation of unidentiﬁed victims of violent crime. See here for an example of a recent case on which Barbara assisted. Barbara also helps to train law enforcement professionals in the use of atDNA. Barbara can be reached at email@example.com.