Barbara Rae-Venter

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 helping adoptees find their birth relatives and also helps teach the online autosomal DNA (atDNA) classes that 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
“unsolvable” cases.

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