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The Eberly College of Science
Forensic Science Faculty Research

Our faculty have a wide variety of research interests across all disciplines of forensic science.

Dr. William Campbell

My research interests are in:

  • development of LC/MS techniques for drug analysis of bodily fluids 
  • development of HPLC phase chemistry for drug and alcohol analysis
  • analysis of various matrix types for trace analysis
  • development of HPLC/MS techniques for rapid analysis of designer drugs

Dr. Mitchell Holland

My research interests are in:

  • basic biological discovery, especially in the area of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) genetics
  • leveraging the power of massively parallel sequencing (MPS) to 
    • measure rates of mtDNA heteroplasmy in different population groups
    • evaluate the transmission of heteroplasmic variants between maternal relatives and tissue types
    • assess the impact of damage on the interpretation of low-level heteroplasmic variants
    • develop best practices for the application of MPS approaches to forensic casework.
  • Learn more about the Holland Research Group

Stewart Hung

My research interests are in:

  • developing new technologies for real-time sensing of clandestine laboratories
  • researching new methods for trace elemental composition determination of forensically relevant samples
  • investigating new methods to optimize QA programs to increase robustness of forensic analyses
  • improving the state of science education; specifically, the forensic sciences

Dr. Jennifer McElhoe

My research interests are in:

  • evaluating heteroplasmy in mitochondrial DNA
  • bioinformatics
  • the application of statistical evaluation to datasets

Ralph Ristenbatt

My research interests are in:

  • areas related to crime scene investigation and reconstruction
  • analysis of traces at crime scenes including blood, firearms evidence, impression evidence, etc.
  • aspects of crime scene reconstruction as the apply to forensic veterinary pathology
  • Learn more about Penn State CSI

Dr. Reena Roy

My research interests are in:

  • DNA analysis of degraded crime scene samples
  • Areas related to forensic biology and trace evidence
  • DNA sequencing of environmentally insulted latent prints after visualization with CTF


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