BMFS Research

Research presentations by our students at various scientific conferences

Travel grants for students presenting at conferences are available through the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences and the Biomedical Forensic Sciences Program.


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

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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*


Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists 36th Annual Meeting, Manchester VT

  • Katie Webster. Effects of NaCl Concentration and Temperature on Corrosion: Understanding Material Interactions in Aqueous Environments
  • Crystal Simson-Oechsle. A Comparative Study of Biological Fluid Identification Methods: Lateral Flow Immunochromatographic Test Strips and Real-Time PCR Quantitation using Quantifiler® Duo

Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists Annual Conference, Grapevine TX

  • Katie Cerow. Peak Area Versus Peak Height for Analysis of Forensically Relevant STRs

American Academy of Forensic Sciences 62nd Annual Meeting, Seattle WA

  • Catherine Hennekens. Differential Extraction Conditions and the Premature Lysis of Spermatozoa
  • Mallory Littman. Aquatic Decomposition in Freshwater and Saltwater Environments


Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists 35th Annual Meeting, Long Branch NJ

  • Danielle L. Conklin. Elemental Analysis of Float Glass Samples Using a 193nm Excimer Laser Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer to Identify Forensic Glass Evidence   *winner of the NEAFS collegiate competition*
  • Lisa R. Tozier. Evaluation of Commercially Available Presumptive Drug Testing Kits for the Forensic Analysis of Salvia Divinorum

American Academy of Forensic Sciences 61st Annual Meeting, Denver CO

  • Sarah Phillips. A Comparative Study of DNA Extraction Methodologies: Variation in DNA Yield and Effects on Downstream PCR Analysis Abstract: Extraction Methodologies
  • Jane Mak. The Effects of Substrate, Blood Volume, and Washing on the Performance of Luminol, Bluestar® Forensic, and Bluestar®Forensic Magnum AAFS 2009 Latent Blood Detection

The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology Annual Meeting, Boston MA

  • Will Minett. Concentrations of Opiates and Psychotropic Agents in Polydrug Overdoses: A Surprising Correlation between Morphine and Antidepressants


Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists 34th Annual Meeting, White Plains NY

  • Brian Cawrse. Forensic Chemical Analysis and Characterization of Salvia Divinorum and Salvinorin A
  • Elisse Ruiz. Amplification Reproducibility of Profiles Generated Using Identifiler and MiniFiler PCR Amplification Kits: Effects on Mixture Interpretation