Presented Research

Each student in the BMFS program spends a minimum of three semesters gathering and analyzing data, writing and reviewing a thesis.  Each student is 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 43rd Annual Meeting, Pocono Manor PA

  • Kayla Benvenuto: 2D LC/MS-MS Analysis of Synthetic Cannabinoids in Urine, Plasma and Edibles
  • Ani Kazaryan: Hyperspectral Imaging: Proof of Concept for Field Analysis of Select Opioids and Salvia Divinorum
  • Courtney McGowan: Recommendation for the Determination of Matrix Suppression in Biological Samples by UPLC-ESI-MS/MS: Extending Quality Measures in Forensic Toxicology
  • Annoja Rai: Optimization and Validation of a Novel Direct-Lysis Differential Extraction Procedure
  • Jacob Samuel: LC-MS/MS Analysis of Ketamine and its Metabolites in Urine *winner of the NEAFS collegiate poster competition*
  • Jennifer Sheehan: Characterizing Double-Back Stutter In Low To Multi-Copy Number Regimes In Forensically Relevant STR Loci
  • Ash Vallier: Chiral Separation and Quantitation of the Enantiomers of Ephedrine,Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, MDA, MDMA, and Phentermine in Blood using LC-MS/MS
  • Robert Walsh: Characterization of Salvia Divinorum Fortification by Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)

California Association of Criminalists Spring 2017 Meeting, San Francisco CA

  • Megan Wong: Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy for Forensic Detection and Identification of Human Saliva

American Academy of Forensic Sciences 69th Annual Meeting, New Orleans LA

  • David Barajas: An examination of the effects of salvia divinorum fortification on stable isotope ratios
  • Malorie Mella: Detection of Cocaine and Its Major Metabolites in Rodent Bone Following Outdoor Decomposition after Chronic Cocaine Administration using 2D-LC/MS/MS

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