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Heather Colburn

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352

PNNL Publications




  • Fiskum S.K., M.R. Smoot, R.A. Peterson, H.A. Colburn, and J.R. Allred. 2017. Cesium Ion Exchange Using Spherical Resorcinol-Formaldehyde Resin in Support of Waste Qualification Testing for LAWPS. PNNL-26837. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Cesium Ion Exchange Using Spherical Resorcinol-Formaldehyde Resin in Support of Waste Qualification Testing for LAWPS
  • Ozanich R.M., H.A. Colburn, K.D. Victry, R.A. Bartholomew, J.S. Arce, A. Heredia-Langner, and K.H. Jarman, et al. 2017. "Evaluation of PCR Systems for Field Screening of Bacillus anthracis." Health Security 15, no. 1:70-80. PNNL-SA-115228. doi:10.1089/hs.2016.0043
  • Schonewill P.P., R.L. Russell, R.C. Daniel, H.A. Colburn, S.A. Bryan, P.A. Gauglitz, and S.D. Rassat, et al. 2017. "Low Activity Waste Pretreatment System Bench-Scale Testing: Supporting Integrated Testing and Facility Safety Analyses - 17171." In Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Waste Management Conference (WM 2017): Education & Opportunity in Waste Management, March 5-9, 2017, Phoenix, Arizona, 4, 2694-2708. Tempe, Arizona:Waste Management Symposia, Inc. PNNL-SA-123178.


  • Straub T.M., D.R. Call, C.J. Bruckner-Lea, H.A. Colburn, C.L. Baird, R.A. Bartholomew, and R.M. Ozanich, et al. 2016. "Field application of pathogen detection technologies." In Manual of Environmental Microbiology 4th edition, edited by Yates, MV. PNNL-SA-95424. doi:10.1128/9781555818821.ch2.3.4



  • Seiner D.R., H.A. Colburn, C.L. Baird, R.A. Bartholomew, T.M. Straub, K.D. Victry, and J.R. Hutchison, et al. 2013. "Evaluation of the FilmArray® system for detection of Bacillus anthracis, Francisella tularensis, and Yersinia pestis." Journal of Applied Microbiology 114, no. 4:992-1000. PNNL-SA-87496. doi:10.1111/jam.12107
  • Straub T.M., C.L. Baird, R.A. Bartholomew, H.A. Colburn, D.R. Seiner, K.D. Victry, and L. Zhang, et al. 2013. "Estimated Copy Number of Bacillus anthracis Plasmids pXO1 and pXO2 using Digital PCR." Journal of Microbiological Methods 92, no. 1:9-10. PNNL-SA-84286. doi:10.1016/j.mimet.2012.10.013


  • Baird C.L., D.R. Seiner, R.M. Ozanich, R.A. Bartholomew, H.A. Colburn, T.M. Straub, and C.J. Bruckner-Lea. 2012. Biodetection Technologies for First Responders. PNNL-21713. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Biodetection Technologies for First Responders
  • Wunschel D.S., A.M. Melville, C.J. Ehrhardt, H.A. Colburn, K.D. Victry, K.C. Antolick, and J.H. Wahl, et al. 2012. "Integration of Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry Methods for Differentiating Ricin Preparation Methods." The Analyst 137, no. 9:2077-2085. PNNL-SA-82375.


  • Colburn H.A., D.S. Wunschel, K.C. Antolick, A.M. Melville, and N.B. Valentine. 2011. "The Effect of Growth Medium on B. anthracis Sterne Spore Carbohydrate Content." Journal of Microbiological Methods 85, no. 3:183-189. PNNL-SA-77608. doi:10.1016/j.mimet.2011.02.015
  • Fraga C.G., G.A. Perez Acosta, M.D. Crenshaw, K. Wallace, G.M. Mong, and H.A. Colburn. 2011. "Impurity Profiling to Match a Nerve Agent to Its Precursor Source for Chemical Forensics Applications." Analytical Chemistry 83, no. 4:9564-9572. PNNL-SA-81640. doi:10.1021/ac202340u
  • Wunschel D.S., K.L. Wahl, A.M. Melville, C.M. Sorensen, H.A. Colburn, N.B. Valentine, and C.L. Stamper. 2011. "Determination of Post-Culture Processing with Carbohydrates by MALDI-MS and TMS derivatization GC/MS." Talanta 85, no. 5:2352-2360. PNNL-SA-77720. doi:10.1016/j.talanta.2011.07.073


  • Colburn H.A., D.S. Wunschel, H.W. Kreuzer-Martin, J.J. Moran, K.C. Antolick, and A.M. Melville. 2010. "Analysis of Carbohydrate and Fatty Acid Marker Abundance in Ricin Toxin Preparations for Forensic Information." Analytical Chemistry 82, no. 14:6040-6047. PNNL-SA-70231.
  • Kreuzer-Martin H.W., J.H. Wahl, C.N. Metoyer, H.A. Colburn, and K.L. Wahl. 2010. "Detection of Acetone Processing of Castor Bean Mash for Forensic Investigation of Ricin Preparation Methods." Journal of Forensic Sciences 55, no. 4:908-914. PNNL-SA-62272.
  • Wahl J.H., and H.A. Colburn. 2010. "Extraction of Chemical Impurities for Forensic Investigations: A Case Study for Indoor Releases of a Sarin Surrogate." Building and Environment 45, no. 5:1339-1345. PNNL-SA-67758. doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2009.10.020
  • Wahl K.L., H.A. Colburn, D.S. Wunschel, C.E. Petersen, K.H. Jarman, and N.B. Valentine. 2010. "Residual Agar Determination in Bacterial Spores by Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry." Analytical Chemistry 82, no. 4:1200-1206. PNNL-SA-67197.


  • Grate J.W., M.G. Warner, R.M. Ozanich, K.D. Miller, H.A. Colburn, B.P. Dockendorff, and K.C. Antolick, et al. 2009. "Renewable Surface Fluorescence Sandwich Immunoassay Biosensor for Rapid Sensitive Botulinum Toxin Detection in an Automated Fluidic Format." Analyst 134, no. 5:987 - 996. PNNL-SA-63257. doi:10.1039/B900794F
  • Wahl J.H., and H.A. Colburn. 2009. Solvent Extraction of Chemical Attribution Signature Compounds from Painted Wall Board: Final Report. PNNL-18931. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Solvent Extraction of Chemical Attribution Signature Compounds from Painted Wall Board: Final Report
  • Wunschel D.S., B.M. Webb-Robertson, C.W. Frevert, S.J. Skerret, S.J. Skerret, N. Beagley, and A.R. Willse, et al. 2009. "Differentiation of Gram-Negative Bacterial Aerosol Exposure Using Detected Markers in Bronchial-Alveolar Lavage Fluid." PLoS One 4, no. 9:e7047. PNNL-SA-64283. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0007047


  • Jarman K.H., H.W. Kreuzer-Martin, D.S. Wunschel, N.B. Valentine, J.B. Cliff, C.E. Petersen, and H.A. Colburn, et al. 2008. "Bayesian Integrated Microbial Forensics." Applied and Environmental Microbiology 74, no. 11:3573-3582. PNNL-SA-59675. doi:10.1128/AEM.02526-07
  • Wunschel D.S., H.A. Colburn, A. Fox, K.F. Fox, W.M. Harley, J.H. Wahl, and K.L. Wahl. 2008. "Detection of Agar, by Analysis of Sugar Markers, Associated with Bacillus Anthracis Spores, After Culture." Journal of Microbiological Methods 74, no. 2-3:57-63. PNNL-SA-60079.


  • Ozanich R.M., K.C. Antolick, C.J. Bruckner-Lea, B.P. Dockendorff, A.N. Easterday, H.C. Edberg, and J.W. Grate, et al. 2007. "Use of a Novel Fluidics Microbead Trap/Flow-cell Enhances Speed and Sensitivity of Bead-Based Bioassays." JALA. Journal of the Association for Laboratory Automation 12, no. 5:303-310. PNNL-SA-54715. doi:10.1016/j.jala.2007.05.002

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