Faculty Research


Walter Rowe opening a tray on a PerkinElmer AxION 2TOF mass spectrometer.


Our faculty are at the forefront of forensic science research. Critical examples of faculty research include:

  • Methodology for the identification of emerging controlled substances (especially synthetic cathinones or “bath salts”)
  • Exploration of new types of genetic markers to improve forensic DNA profiling
  • How to leverage emerging drone technology to ensure safety and legality


Faculty Spotlight

Victor Weedn

Drones: Challenges for Forensic Sciences

The emergence of inexpensive drones presents challenges and opportunities in the justice system. Professor of Forensic Sciences Victor Weedn presented on the connection between drones and forensic science at the 2019 American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Scientific Meeting.

book cover of "Crime Scene Photography, Third Edition" by Edward M. Robinson

Forensic Sciences Professor Wins Award for Crime Scene Textbook

The third edition of Crime Scene Photography, written by Associate Professor Edward Robinson, won a Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) Award in 2017 in the Textbook/Best in Social Sciences category. Presented by the Association of American Publishers, the annual awards recognize distinguished professional and scholarly books, reference works, journals and electronic content. The awards are judged by peer publishers, academics, librarians and medical professionals.

"Forensic DNA Applications: An Interdisciplinary Perspective" Edited by Dragan Primorac/Moses Schanfield. CRC Press, Copyrighted

Forensic DNA Applications

Moses Schanfield, professor of forensic sciences and anthropology, co-authored Forensic DNA Applications, which covers worldwide progress in the use of DNA in forensic science, including applications in bioterrorism and mass disasters, the latest methodological concepts and recent developments in human forensic molecular biology, and law, ethics, and policy.