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Current Graduate Students

  • Alexandra Adeoye

    Ph.D. Student

    Alexandra Adeoye is a doctoral student working under Dr. Jackson's research group. Her research involves developing and applying Expert Algorithm for Substance Identification (EASI) to emerging synthetic drugs to combat the opioid crisis. Alex's career goals include working as a forensic chemist and eventually transitioning to academia.

  • Eleen Alfonso

    MS Student

    Eleen Alfonso is a second-year master's student working under Dr. Keith Morris’ research group. Her research focuses on the solvability factors contributing to cold case closures.

  • Zachary Andrews

    Ph.D. Student

    Zachary Andrews is a member of Dr. Tatiana Trejos’ research group. His research involves developing consensus-based methods for the examination and interpretation of contemporary vehicle, architectural, and portable electronic device glasses by micro-X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry.

  • Sara Bodnar

    Ph.D. Student

    Sara Bodnar works under Dr. Iyengar. Her current research focuses on the optimization of the collection and processing of challenging trace DNA samples with the Verogen MiSeq FGx Sequencing System and traditional STR profiling.

  • Kourtney Dalzell

    Ph.D. Student

    Kourtney Dalzell is a member of with the Arroyo research group. Her research is focused on electrochemical and spectroscopic methods for the detection of inorganic and organic gunshot residues in forensic investigations.

  • Kay Dolan

    MS Student

    Kay is a first-year Master's student working in Dr. Keith Morris' research group. Her research is focused on determining the spatial origin within firearms of toolmarks on ballistics evidence, using a cross correlation function and a congruent matching cells algorithm.

  • Kailey Evanowsky

    MS STUDENT

    Kailey Evanowsky is a first year Master’s student working in Dr. Arroyo’s research group. Her research is in the area of forensic toxicology, specifically oral fluid extraction methods for the presence of opioid drugs.

  • Veronica Franklin

    Ph.D. Student

    Veronica Franklin works as part of Dr. Keith Morris' research group. Her primary research focuses on subclass characteristics found on spent cartridge cases in firearms examination.

  • Chaney Ganninger

    MS Student

    Chaney is a first-year Master's student who is continuing her research with Dr. Glen Jackson's research group. Her research utilizes a thermodynamic mathematical model to predict the potential weathering patterns of ignitable liquids.

  • Maria Johnston

    MS Student

    Maria Johnston is a Master's student working under Professor Tina Moroose. Her research focuses on utilizing Probabilistic Genotyping to interpret complex DNA samples.

  • Collin Kustera

    MS Student

    Collin Kustera is a first-year master’s student in the Arroyo research group. His research focuses on hair analysis for γ-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) detection, a drug frequently used to facilitate sexual assault.

  • Lacey Leatherland

    MS Student

    Lacey Leatherland is a second-year Master’s student working in Dr. Tatiana Trejos’ research group. Her research focuses on the elemental analysis of electrical tapes using modern micro-X-ray Fluorescence (u-XRF) SDD systems.

  • Giuliana Leon-Carrillo

    Ph.D. Student

    Giuliana Leon-Carrillo is a second-year Ph. D. student in the Morris Research Group. She is currently working on the statistical evaluation of evidence in cold cases.

  • En Tni (Lily) Lin

    Ph.D. Student

    Lily Lin is a member of Dr. Spier's research group. Her research focus is on footwear evidence image quality assessment using subjective human raters and objective image feature-based metrics. The goal of her research is to develop quantitative tools for footwear image quality and understanding correlations between quality and image factors.

  • Madison Lindung

    MS Student

    Madison Lindung is a first-year master's student under Dr. Tatiana Trejos. As an undergraduate, she studied organic and inorganic gunshot residue (GSR) in Dr. Trejos' group. Now, her research has shifted to characterizing modern nail polish products as a form of trace evidence using analytical techniques such as Scanning Electron Microscopy Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometry (SEM-EDS), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), and microscopic techniques by Polarizing Light Microscopy (PLM).

  • Erica Maney

    Ph.D. Student

    Erica Maney is a member of Dr. Glen Jackson's research group. Her research focuses on the forensic applications of isotope ratio mass spectrometry.

  • Hannah McMillen

    MS Student

    Hannah McMillen is a member of Dr. Glen P. Jackson’s research group. Her research relates to arson research she began in his group during her 2021 summer internship.

  • Baillie Poulton

    PH.D. STUDENT

    Baillie Poulton is in Dr. Keith Morris’ research group. Her research is focused on using a 3-D simulation software to model different shooting scenarios to help aid in shooting reconstructions. She will be doing this by comparing the simulations with real shooting data, and later using an algorithm to determine the trajectory.

  • Carly Smith

    MS Student

    Carly Smith is a member of Dr. Morris' research group. Her research is focused on how breech face impressions on shotshells are influenced by different components in ammunition.

  • Coral Smith

    Ph.D. Student

    Coral Smith is a member of Tina Moroose’s research group. Her area of research is in touch DNA and direct PCR.

  • Leah Thomas

    MS Student

    Leah Thomas is a first-year master’s student working in Dr. Trejos’ research group. Her research focuses on the importance of trace evidence and specialized training for analysts in the US and Costa Rica.

  • Jessica E. Thornton

    Ph.D. Student

    Jessica is a first year doctoral student working in Dr. Keith Morris’ research group. Her research will focus on evaluating forensic/investigative genetic genealogy methods with interest in computational metrics for descent estimations.

  • Nathaniel Weston

    MS Student

    Nathan Weston is a member of Dr. Speir’s research group. His research focuses on the acquisition, retention, and geometric evolution of individualizing features on footwear.

  • Molly Younker

    MS Student

    Molly is currently working under Dr. Arati Iyengar. Her research involves the secondary transfer of trace DNA found at crime scenes and focuses on nitrile gloves acting as a vector for transfer.