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, crime scene investigation and forensic DNA analysis, and has worked in forensic laboratories in both the private and public sector. Her research interests focus on optimizing body fluid identification 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., Assistant Professor

Ms. Jones teaches courses in Forensic Chemistry and related disciplines within Forensic Instrumental Analysis. Her experience in forensic toxicology was obtained at the Federal Aviation Administration 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

Kevin--crop-K1-781x1024Kevin Kosiorek, M.S., Course Educator

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., Course Educator

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., Course Educator

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., Course Educator

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, Course Educator

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., Course Educator

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.


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.