Faculty and Staff

The Biomedical Forensic Sciences faculty consists of full-time and part-time instructors and professors trained in various fields of forensic science – including but not limited to – the fields of forensic DNA analysis, chemistry, trace evidence analysis, biology, arson and explosives, toxicology, pathology, medico-legal death investigation and pattern evidence.

All faculty have been recruited from local, state and federal forensic laboratories as well as the law enforcement and legal communities.

Robin-crop-Cotton-e1345243039589-190x300Robin Cotton, Ph.D,

Associate Professor, Director Biomedical Forensic Sciences (rwcotton@bu.edu)

Dr. Cotton is the Director of the Biomedical Forensic Sciences Program and teaches courses in Forensic DNA Analysis. She is an expert in the fields of DNA identification and analysis of biological evidence, whereby she has testified in over 200 cases – including numerous high profile cases – around the country. In October of 2006 Dr. Cotton joined the faculty at the Boston University School of Medicine to be the Director of the Biomedical Forensic Sciences Program.

Amy-cropAmy Brodeur, M.F.S,

Assistant Professor, Assistant Director Biomedical Forensic Sciences (abrodeur@bu.edu)

Ms. Brodeur teaches in the areas of crime scene investigation and forensic biology. She has a background in criminalistics and forensic DNA analysis, and has worked in both the private and public sector. Her research interests focus on optimizing presumptive biological testing and collection of material from crime scenes.

In addition to the Director and Assistant Director, the BMFS program has two other full-time faculty dedicated to forensic science:

SBJ croppedSabra R. Botch-Jones, M.S., M.A., Instructor

Ms. Jones teaches courses in Forensic Chemistry and related disciplines within Forensic Instrumental Analysis. Her experience in forensic toxicology was obtained at the FAA lab in Oklahoma City and at the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office in Fort Worth, Texas. Current research interests include emerging issues related to forensic toxicology, novel psychoactive substances and other drugs of abuse. sabraj@bu.edu

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACatherine Grgicak, Ph.D, Assistant Professor

Dr. Grgicak teaches courses in forensic DNA analysis and manages the research component of the BMFS program. Her forensic DNA training was obtained at the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences and continued at Cellmark Diagnostics in Germantown MD. Her current research focuses on interpretation of complex, low-level DNA mixtures and developing & designing processes that maximize signal detection from nucleic acids. cgrgicak@bu.edu

Elizabeth-crop-Laposata-221x300-Elizabeth Laposata, M.D., Associate Professor

Dr. Laposata completed her premedical education at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Honors. She attended University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD where she obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1979. She completed her internship and residency in Anatomic Pathology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and her subspecialty fellowship training in Forensic Pathology at St. Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Pathology with certification in anatomic and forensic pathology. She has held faculty appointments at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia and while in Philadelphia, established the Forensic Pathology Fellowship program at the City of Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office. She has worked as an Assistant Medical Examiner for the City of St. Louis, the City of Philadelphia, and the State of Delaware. From 1993 to 2005 she served as the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Rhode Island. In a Federal investigation that lasted over two years, she managed the examination and identification of over 5,000 fragmented human remains of victims recovered from the crash of EgyptAir 990 off the coast of Massachusetts; and in 2003, she ran an around-the-clock operation to complete the autopsies and identifications of 96 victims recovered from a tragic night club fire in West Warwick, RI. She currently holds faculty positions as Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at Brown University School of Medicine and as Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Forensic Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine where she teaches forensic pathology and medicolegal death investigation. She operates Forensic Pathology & Legal Medicine, Inc., an independent consulting practice, and is a member of the College of American Pathologists, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, International Association of Identification, American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the National Association of Medical Examiners where she served on the Board of Directors.

Kevin--crop-K1-781x1024Kevin Kosiorek, M.S., Instructor

Mr. Kosiorek has been employed with the Boston Police Crime Laboratory for over a decade and is currently the supervising criminalist in the Criminalistics section. His work in the lab includes case management, serological testing, general evidence exams, processing crime scenes, and shooting reconstruction. Mr. Kosiorek has a B.S. in biology from Providence College, a M.S. in pharmaceutical sciences with a concentration in forensic science from the University of Florida, is a Fellow of the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) and is a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst (CSCSA) through the International Association for Identification.  He teaches a forensic science laboratory courses at Suffolk University and both crime scene investigation and forensic biology lab in the BMFS program.

Amy-K-crop-222x300Amy Reynolds, M.F.S., Instructor

Ms. Reynolds teaches the Trace Evidence Analysis lecture and laboratory courses.  She holds a B.A. in Biochemistry and a M.S. in Forensic Science.  She has a background in both trace evidence and criminalistics, and is currently employed as a Criminalist IV in charge of the Trace Evidence Section at the Boston Police Department Crime Laboratory. Ms. Reynolds provides expert testimony in such areas as trace evidence, general criminalistics, crime scene processing, and bloodstain pattern analysis. She is a certified hair and fiber examiner and Diplomate with the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) and is a Certified Crime Scene Investigator through the International Association for Identification (IAI).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKenneth Martin, M.S., Instructor

Kenneth Martin is a retired Detective Lieutenant and Commanding Officer of the Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS) of the Massachusetts State Police.  Det. Lt. Martin has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, a B.A. in Biology from Bridgewater State College and a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College. He has trained at the F.B.I. National Academy and has participated in numerous other training courses throughout his career as both an instructor and trainee. Det. Lt. Martin has taught for specialized schools held by the MA State Police and previously oversaw the seven CSSS Laboratories located throughout Massachusetts. Det. Lt. Martin is a member of and served as President of the International Association for Identification (IAI) in 2007. Det. Lt. Martin has served on various committees for the National Institute of Justice, as a member of the Scientific Working Group on Friction Ridge Analysis, Study and Technology (SWGFAST) and as a member of the Scientific Working Group on Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (SWGSTAIN). He is a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst, BLoodstain Pattern Analyst, Footwear Examiner and Latent Print Examiner through the IAI. Det. Lt. Martin teaches Bloodstain Pattern Analysis for the Biomedical Forensic Sciences Program.

Steve OstrowskiStephen Ostrowski, M.S.F.S., Instructor

Mr. Ostrowski is a Senior Criminalist working at the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Laboratory in Concord and teaches in the Pattern Evidence Analysis lecture and laboratory course.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Dickinson College and a Master of Science degree in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven.  He performs casework in the disciplines of firearms, toolmarks, physical match, fingerprints, obliterated serial number restoration, gunshot residue/shooting distance determination, and crime scene processing.  Mr. Ostrowski is a Certified Latent Print Examiner through the International Association for Identification.  Additionally, he holds certifications in the areas of Firearms, Toolmarks, and Gunshot Residue through the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners.

Ioan Truta croppedIoan Truta, Instructor

Mr. Truta has been a Senior Criminalist with the Latent Print Section at Boston Police Department since 2005. He started his forensic career in 1996 at Cluj-Napoca Police Department in Romania, where he worked in the fields of crime scene investigation, forensic photography and pattern impression identification (fingerprints, footwear imprints, tool marks and questioned documents). In 2001, he worked for United Nation Peace Keeping Mission in Kosovo as a crime scene investigator and latent print examiner. He lectures frequently on different forensic topics at conferences and other professional meetings. Mr. Truta served as a member of the Forensics Identification for Standardization Committee of the International Association of Identification (IAI), and he is a Certified Latent Print Examiner (CLPE), a Certified Forensic Photographer (CFPH) a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst (CSCSA) and a Certified Footwear Examiner. He earned a Licentiate Degree in Judicial Sciences (JS) with a concentration in forensics/criminalistics in his home country of Romania.

KnightUUrsula Knight, J.D., Instructor

After obtaining her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1990, Ms. Knight began her career in prosecution and for a decade served as both an assistant district attorney and an assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Throughout her tenure as an assistant district attorney, she prosecuted a full range of felonies including crimes against children, arson, sexual assault and murder. As a member of the Corruption, Fraud and Computer Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney General, Ms. Knight specialized in prosecuting crimes committed over the Internet. Ms. Knight spent ten years in the private sector, litigating medical malpractice cases and specializing in white-collar criminal defense and civil litigation. In that role, she served as co-counsel on the largest personal injury verdict in Massachusetts history. Ms. Knight is currently an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County, which includes the city of Boston.  She is assigned to the Homicide Unit, prosecuting murder cases from response to crime scene to resolution. She co-teaches the Criminal Law II-Mock Court course, providing testimony skills coaching, education and training.

Delahunt photoRobert Delahunt, Jr., J.D., Instructor

Mr. Delahunt received his B.A. from Colby College and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Mr. Delahunt is a Member at a major Boston law firm. His practice is concentrated on white collar criminal defense. He has particular experience in high-profile criminal cases, forensic evidence, and the use of expert witnesses. Previously, Mr. Delahunt served as a state prosecutor with the Office of the District Attorney for Norfolk, Suffolk and Middlesex Counties. During this time he specialized in DNA-related homicide and felony cases.  As an adjunct instructor in the BMFS program, Mr. Delahunt teaches trial testimonial skills to students in the Criminal Law II – Mock Court course.


Patty Jones, Executive Financial Coordinator and BMFS Program Manager (617-414-2315 or 617-638-1950 Patty Jones)

Patty-crop-Sterling-150x150 Patricia Jones (Patty) is the Executive Financial Coordinator for the Professional Masters Programs in the Dept. of Anatomy & Neurobiology. She came to BUSM in December, 1999. For 81/2 years, she worked in the Div. of Graduate Medical Sciences. While working in the Division, Patty had many different roles. As assistant for the Associate Dean, she coordinated the Mini-Med School and assisted the Registrar. In September 2008, Patty joined the Dept. of Anatomy & Neurobiology working for the Masters Programs in Biomedical Forensic Sciences, Healthcare Emergency Management, Bioimaging and Forensic Anthropology.  Patty plays a crucial role in the Biomedical Forensic Sciences program management.

Melissa Kelly, Anatomy & Neurobiology Department Administrator (617-638-5885  Melissa Kelly)

melissa-kelly-150x150Melissa Kelly plays a vital role in maintaining department operations. She works extensively with the day-to-day operations of the department and assists with Biomedical Forensic Sciences program management.