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Research

The International Forensic Research Institute serves local and national law enforcement efforts through original research and the application of scientific principles to the administration of justice.

  • Research Areas

    Some of the research and training areas available through the Institute include:

    • arson and explosive residue analysis
    • counterfeit currency detection
    • detector dogs
    • DNA evidence and population substructuring
    • drug analysis
    • environmental forensics
    • fingerprint development
    • forensic anthropology
    • forensic facial approximation
    • forensic toxicology
    • glass analysis
    • human performance under the influence of ethanol and drugs
    • PCR applications and quality assurance
    • trace elemental analysis of biological samples
    • courtroom persuasion
    • effect of pretrial publicity
    • eyewitness identifications
    • eyewitness testimony of children
    • homicide patterns and trends
    • improving witnesses recall
    • international drug money laundering
    • jury decision making
    • jury selection
    • narcotics trafficking
    • substance abuse

Partnerships

Our formal partnerships with law enforcement agencies, government laboratories and corporations are a key component of our unique forensic science research and training opportunities.