BMFS Research

A minimum of three semesters is spent gathering and analyzing data, then writing and reviewing a thesis.  Each student will be assigned a full-time faculty member to serve on his or her research committee along with two other knowledgable professionals.  Many of the research projects completed by BMFS students have been presented at annual regional or national scientific conferences.


Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists 42nd Annual Meeting, Atlantic City NJ

  • Malorie Mella. Detection of Cocaine and Its Major Metabolites in Rodent Bone Following Outdoor Decomposition after Chronic Cocaine Administration using 2D-LC/MS/MS
  • Amanda Moore. Identification of Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opiates using Ambient Ionization High Resolution Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry
  • Amanda Moore. The Screening and Confirmation of NBOMe Designer Drugs on Blotter Paper by Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometry and FTIR Chemical Imaging Spectroscopy
  • Rachel Pruckler. An Assessment of Pipette Calibration Stability Using Statistical Process Control Charts
  • Xia Yearwood-Garcia. Changes in the Probability Distribution of the Number of Contributors when Signal Thresholds Are Applied to Complex DNA Mixtures
  • Lin Zhen. The Effects of Filtration Sterilization on the Stability of Ketamine, Selected Benzodiazepines and Metabolites in Female Urine

IMG_2414[1]American Academy of Forensic Sciences 68th Annual Meeting, Las Vegas NV

  • Lyndsey Brown. Migration Patterns of Seminal Fluid Components and Spermatozoa in Semen Stains Exposed to Water
  • Alora Sansola. Postmortem Iris Recognition and Its Application in Human Identification
  • Erin Walsh. Evaluation of the Components Within Electronic Cigarette Liquids and Drugs of Abuse Using Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) and Ultra-Fast Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS)
  • Kathryn Zegarelli. Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) for the Forensic Analysis of Vaginal Fluid

American Academy of Forensic Sciences 67th Annual Meeting, Orlando FL

  • Elena Bemelmans. Effects of Decomposition on the Recoverability of Biological Fluid Evidence
  • Jessica Irvine. Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy for Forensic Analysis of Human Semen

63rd ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics, St. Louis MO

  • Ashley Davis. Acquiring Chemical Attribute Signatures for Gasoline: Ambient Ionization and Chemometric Analysis of Headspace Concentrates

Southwestern Association of Toxicologists Annual Meeting, New Orleans LA

  • Erin Walsh. Detection of Drugs of Abuse Within Electronic Cigarette Liquids Using Gas-Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry and Ultra Fast Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry

Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists 41st Annual Meeting, Hyannis MA

  • David Barajas. Variations on a theme: The detection of NBOMe designer drugs on blotter paper by high resolution time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TOFMS) with and without chromatography

American Academy of Forensic Sciences 66th Annual Meeting, Seattle WA

  • Andrew Horsley. High Throughput Analysis of Street-Quality Drug Mixtures by DART GSX Analysis and MassWorks Post-Acquisition Characterization
  • Sarah Norsworthy. Characterizing Rates of Allelic Dropout and the Impact on Estimating the Number of Contributors

62nd ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics, Baltimore MD

  • Frederick Li. Detection and Characterization of Chemical Attribution Signatures from Smokeless Powders by Direct Analysis in Real Time – Mass Spectrometry

Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists 40th Annual Meeting, Hershey PA

  • Anneliese Lake. Recoverability of Latent Fingerprints on Firearms Evidence at the Boston Police Latent Print Unit

American Society of Human Genetics 64th Annual Meeting, San Diego CA

  • Lauren Alfonse. Determining the Number of Contributors from Complex Mixtures: Effects of Template Mass and Complexity on the Ability to Correctly Identify the Number of Contributors

The Electrochemical Society 225th Meeting, Orlando FL

  • Candace Churinsky Martin. The Effect of Repeated Activation on Screen-Printed Carbon Electrode Cards

American Academy of Forensic Sciences 65th Annual Meeting, Washington DC

  • Jacob Gordon. Error Tradeoffs in Human Identity Comparisons: Determining a Complexity Threshold and Exclusion Criteria for DNA Mixture Interpretation

International Association for Identification 98th Educational Conference, Providence RI

  • Kristyn Ferber. You Never Leave the Same Print Once

Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists 39th Annual Meeting, Cromwell CT

  • Rhiannon Carter. Colorimetric Analysis of Salvia divinorum Utilizing Ehrlich’s Reagent
  • Joseph Iacona. Genomic DNA Isolation from Amplified Product for Recursive Genotyping of Low-Template DNA Samples *recipient of the NEAFS Carol DeForest Student Research Grant*
  • Caitlin Rogers. The Prevalence of Intact Sperm Cells in Incidents of Sexual Assault: A Case Study
  • Kayleigh Rowan. Characterization of the Sources of Peak Height Uncertainty Resulting from Ordinary Alterations During Forensic DNA Processing: Examining Validation Schemes for the Calibration of NOCit  *winner of the NEAFS collegiate poster competition*

American Academy of Forensic Sciences 64th Annual Meeting, Atlanta GAStudent poster 2


  • Cristina Padilla. Challenges in Evaluating Cause and Manner of Death in Palliative and End-of-Life Care Patients
  • Corissa Rodgers. Further Studies Investigating Zeolites for the Recovery of Oxygenated Compounds from Fire Debris Samples
  • Emily Kinnaman. Evaluating the Efficacy of Post-Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Purification Using Qiagen MinElute® on Low Template Samples (Student Forum)
  • Jessica Shea. Development of Streptavidin-Biotin Binding of DNA Amplicons Methods for the Typing and Re-Typing of Forensically Relevant Short Tandem Repeats

Forensic Conference 3aNortheastern Association of Forensic Scientists 38th Annual Meeting, Saratoga Springs NY

  • Amanda Garrett. Improving DNA Evidence Collection via Quantitative Analysis: A Systems Approach
  • James Joseph. Identification of the “Legal High” Phenylalkylamine Analogues: 5-Iodo-2-Aminoindane (5-IAI) and 5, 6-Methylenedioxy-2-Aminoindane (MDAI) by Colorimetric Tests and GC-MS
  • David Patlak. Evaluation of Wet Vacuum Collection Versus Traditional Methods for Collection of Biological Crime Scene Samples

American Academy of Forensic Sciences 63rd Annual Meeting, Chicago ILStudent poster 1

  • Jackson Jeong. Validation Studies of Allele Drop-out and Heterozygote Peak Imbalance of Single and Mixture Profiles Generated with AmpFlSTR® Identifiler® PCR Amplification Kit and analyzed with GeneMapper® ID-X
  • Jonathon Dunn. Effects of DNA Degradation on Single-Source and Mixture Profiles Generated Using Traditional and Mini- STRs
  • Elyse Cooper. Differential Extraction Conditions: Effects of Aging and Dehydration on DNA Mixture Quantification and Amplification
  • Kathryne St. Pierre. Evaluation of a Novel Methodology for the Recovery of Volatiles from Fire Debris Samples

Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists 37th Annual Meeting, Newport RI

  • Corissa Rodgers. Further Studies Investigating Zeolites for the Recovery of Oxygenated Compounds from Fire Debris Samples   * winner of the NEAFS Peter DeForest Collegiate Competition*

Additionally, students can find research opportunities through the GMS Office.