Forensic Chemistry Research Areas
Focus is on trace evidence, including glass, paint, soil, and fibers, drugs and alcohol, explosives, and arson evidence. Current research in the forensic chemistry lab includes developing methods for the detection of gunshot residue in tissue samples, investigating surface chemistries that affect fingerprint detection, and profiling illicit ecstasy tablets based on both organic and trace metal impurities present.
|Alexandria Anstett: Received her BS in Chemistry from Adrian College (2014). Her area of research interest is in the classification of controlled substances using mass spectrometry.|
|Trevor Curtis: Received his BS in Chemistry from Michigan Technological University (2013). His research involves the use of ICP-MS in the analysis of tattoo ink components to aid in the identification of highly decomposed remains.|
|Andrew DeJarnette: Received his BS in Chemistry from Elmhurt College (2011). His research involves investigation of multivariate statistical procedures for fire debris analysis applications.|
|Cynthia Kaeser: Received her BS in Chemistry from University of the Cumberlands (2010) and is currently pursuing a PhD in Chemistry as well as an MS in Forensic Science. Her research interests are based on applications of mass spectrometry for forensic applications.|
|Amanda Setser: Received her BS in Chemistry from University of Mount Union (2014) and is currently pursuing a PhD in Chemistry as well as an MS in Forensic Science.|