Instrumentation and Resources
The Biomedical Forensic Sciences program is proud to possess an array of state-of-the-art equipment housed within its Chemistry, Biology, DNA and Microscopy laboratories. The application of new and innovative methodologies within the field of forensic science has produced an immense impact whereby it becomes imperative for graduates entering the field and those who are currently working within the field to be brought up to date with these methodologies. All students obtain extensive instrumentation and analytical experience through their required laboratory courses and independent research.
Students will learn the fundamentals regarding crime scene investigation, documentation and chain of custody records by processing a mock crime scene at our 3-bedroom crime scene house, set on a 30 acre property that includes a barn and pond.
Students will have an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of human identity testing by utilizing advanced techniques such as laser microdissection, qPCR, DNA sequencing and STR fragment analysis. Emphasis will be placed on analysis of complex DNA mixtures.
Students will learn how to quantitatively and qualitatively characterize such materials as controlled substances, ignitable liquids, hairs, fibers and other solid state materials via the use of GC/MS, LC/MS, FTIR, UV-Vis spectrophotometry and microscopy.
Students will practice general evidence examination and documentation including the use of alternate light sources and comparison quality photography. They will become familiar with biological screening using wet-chemical techniques, immunoassays and microscopy. Advanced technologies such as cell detection via fluorescence are also introduced.