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.

2013

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*

2012

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

2011

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*

2010

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

2009

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

61st Annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences 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

2008

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