- Student Achievements
MSFS students have presented oral and poster presentations at the following symposia:
Natalie Damaso and Julian Mendel in "Bioinformatics for the classification and provenance of soil samples for intelligence and forensic applications "
Lauren J. Colón-Crespo in *"Evaluation of Human Scent As Possible Classification Evidence
Melissa Zwilling in "Forensic analysis and comparisons of white latex paints using LA-ICP-OES without matrix-matched standards "*
Alison G. Simon in "Detection of the Laurel Wilt Pathogen for the Protection of Avocado Groves "
Fanchen Bao in "Validation of Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP) Profiling of Forensically Important Insects "
Beatrice Kallifatidis in "Fluorescent Random Amplified Microsatellites (F-RAMS) Analysis of Mushrooms as a Forensic Investigative Tool "
Beatrice Kallifatidis and Julian Mendel in "ParaDNA® Intelligence System Validation (USA) "
Ketaki Deshpande and Natalie Leyva in "Breed designation for unknown equine case samples "
Ana-Michelle J. Broomes in "Quantitative Analysis of Designer Drugs in Oral Fluid Using Liquid Chromatography Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry (LC/QQQ-MS) "
Natalie Damaso in *"Novel Polymer for Bioseparations of Complex DNA Mixtures using Capillary Electrophoresis "
IFRI Faculty and Student Presentations AAFS 69th Annual Meeting, February 13-18, 2017, New Orleans, LA 15 students, 4 faculty participating, 20 + presentations
Dr. Jose Almirall Group
Dr. Jose Almirall, Chair, Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis Scientific Area Committee (SAC), OSAC Priority Action Reports, February 14, 2017 1:00-5:00 PM (Strand 13A)
D’Nisha D. Hamblin, Bruce A. Benner, Jr., Michele M. Schantz, William A. MacCrehan and José R. Almirall, Evaluation of a new technology for the collection of breath components in the detection of marijuana use (poster)
Dr. Anthony DeCaprio Group
DeCaprio, A.P., Gilliland, R.A., and Moller, C. Novel blood protein modification assay for retrospective detection of drug exposure. Invited platform presentation at NIJ Forensic Science R&D Symposium – Tuesday. Supported by NIJ 2015-NE-BX-K001.
Kimble, A.N., Arroyo-Mora, L., and DeCaprio, A.P. Method validation using multiple compound mixtures for screening/confirmation of 800+ novel psychoactive substances by LC-QqQ-MS. Platform presentation – Supported by NIJ 2014-R2-CX-K006.
Eckberg, M., Arroyo-Mora, L., Stoll, D.R., and DeCaprio, A.P. Separation of chemically similar and isobaric novel psychoactive substances using two-dimensional liquid chromatography. Poster presentation – Wednesday PM. Supported by NIJ 2014-R2-CX-K006.
Gilliland, R.A., Moller, C., and DeCaprio, A.P. LC-MS/MS based analysis of in vitro covalent modifications of glutathione and peptide thiols by drugs of abuse. Poster presentation – Wednesday PM. Supported by NIJ 2015-NE-BX-K001.
Dr. Kenneth Furton Group
Vanquilla Shellman: Optimal Headspace Extraction for the Detection of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) Released from Synthetic Cathinones using Solid Phase Micro-Extraction (SPME) for Field Application (poster presentation)
Characterization of controlled odor mimic permeation systems (COMPS) containing live training aids for utilization by detection canines, Alison G Simon and Kenneth G Furton (oral)
Greenhouse evaluations of volatile plant defense against an invasive agricultural and environmental biothreat agent, Rafaela lauricola, and possible implications for canine detection Alison G Simon and Kenneth G Furton (poster presentation):
Capsule Phase Microextraction: An Ideal Sample Preparation Technique for Environmental and Biological Samples, Rodolfo Mesa (Poster):
Utilization of Controlled Odor Mimic Devices to Improve Law Enforcement Canine Training Alice Boone (Poster):
Dr. Bruce McCord Group
Dr. Bruce McCord, Co-chair, (with Ira Lurie, Chair, and Chip Walls) Instrumental chromatographic separation techniques for forensic analysis: Application to the analysis of emerging drugs. Workshop, AAFS, New Orleans, February 14, 2017.
Thaddeus Mostowtt, MFS; Chiara Deriu, MS; Jonanthan Munoz; Bruce McCord, PhD. The Evaluation of Mono-, Di-, and Trivalent Cations for the Optimized Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) Enhancement to Detect Synthetic Cannabinoids in Biological Samples”, AAFS, New Orleans, LA, February 2017 (Poster).
Joana Antunes, MS (presenting); Vanessa Aguiar-Pulido, PhD; Kuppareddi Balamurugan, PhD; George T. Duncan, PhD; Giri Narasimhan, PhD; Bruce R. McCord, PhD, A New Approach Combining In Silico and High-Resolution Melt (HRM) Analysis to Quickly Identify New Loci for Body Fluid Identification Using DNA Methylation Melt Analysis” (oral presentation) AAFS, New Orleans, February 13-18, 2017.
Georgiana Gibson-Daw, Bruce McCord. Ultrahigh speed PCR: a method for obtaining STR based genotypes in 8 minutes or less. AAFS, New Orleans, February 13-18, 2017. (presentation)
Ling Wang, Bruce McCord, Gold Nanoparticle/Aptamer-Based Paper Microfluidic Devices Developed for the Detection of Cocaine, (poster) AAFS, New Orleans, February 13-18, 2017.
Rosa Cromarte, Ashley Wardlow, George Duncan, and Bruce McCord, Rapid and reliable validation of body fluids using paper microfluidic devices. AAFS, New Orleans, February 13-18, 2017. (poster)
Meghan Roig, Vanessa Martinez, Deepthi Nori, and Bruce McCord, A method for optimizing pressure-based extraction and direct PCR of simulated sexual assault samples. AAFS, New Orleans, February 13-18, 2017. (poster)
Dr. DeEtta Mills Group
Deidra Jordan, “Assessment of the F-108 Polymer and Capillary Electrophoresis Single-Strand Conformational Polymorphism to Screen Human DNA Mixtures, poster presentation, Criminalistics
Dr. Jeffrey Wells Group
Dr. Jeffrey Wells, invited speaker, “Statistical methods for combining multivariate and categorical data in postmortem interval estimation.” National Institute of Justice Forensic Science R&D Symposium, Tuesday, Feb, 14, New Orleans.
2017 FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award Winner: D’Nisha D. Hamblin, FIU Alumni D’Nisha D. Hamblin, FIU MSFS was selected as a winner for the 18th Annual Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF)
Emerging Scientist Award paper competition, hosted in New Orleans, LA, for her presentation entitled Evaluation of a New Technology for the Collection and Analysis of Breath Components for Marijuana Detection Using Capillary Microextraction of Volatiles (CMV).
------------------------------------------------------ Division of Student Affairs Outstanding Student Life Awards, Graduate Scholar Award, April 2018
The Graduate Scholar Award recognizes a graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership through academic achievement and/or academic research.
Haixiang Yu is a change-maker with a breakthrough discovery in biochemical research that has yielded a U.S. patent, been featured in the Miami Herald and published in scientific journals such as Nucleic Acids Research, Applied Materials and Interface and Analytical Chemistry. Yu found a rapid, specific and ultra-sensitive fluorescent detection of small molecules such as biomarkers, toxins and controlled substances with excellent accuracy. This has resulted in a user-friendly field-test kit that costs less than $1 per kit. This discovery will revolutionize the ability to quickly detect even the smallest amount of cocaine and has the potential to save lives as the number of cocaine-induced seizures and overdoses has increased since 2014 and 2015 to the highest rates in the United States since 2007. Yu has achieved this all while maintaining an exceptional GPA, mentoring undergraduate students, training fellow graduate students and demonstrating a collaborative leadership style.
FIU News story: Researchers Patent Quick Test for Cocaine
2017 FIU Provost Award for Outstanding Paper or Manuscript (STEM): Haixiang Yu
Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Haixiang Yu, has been awarded the prestigious FIU Provost Award for Outstanding Paper or Manuscript (STEM) for his paper on applied forensic chemistry entitled "A cooperative-binding split aptamer assay for rapid, specific and ultra-sensitive fluorescence detection of cocaine in saliva."
The Provost Awards ceremony will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017.
Citation: Yu H.X., Canoura J., Guntupalli B., Lou X.H. & Xiao Y.* (2017) A cooperative-binding split aptamer assay for rapid, specific and ultra-sensitive fluorescence detection of cocaine in saliva. Chem. Sci., 8, 131 – 141. (IF: 9.*144).