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Connecting Researchers with Forensic Laboratories

Collaboration between researchers and practitioners can improve the relevance and impact of forensic science research. NIJ encourages researchers to seek and partner with forensic science laboratories and other practitioners. Likewise, we encourage practitioners to work with research partners to help guide the relevance of NIJ funded research. These collaborations contribute to a positive research culture in the forensic sciences.

We encourage potential grant applicants to connect with possible partners in preparing applications to the annual Research and Development in the Forensic Sciences for Criminal Justice Purposes and Research and Evaluation in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories solicitations.[1]

Current grantees may consider connecting with practitioners to build relationships for transitioning research products to the field.

Forensic laboratories and other practitioners can connect with researchers to contribute to the development of new solutions to practical needs. 

The parties listed below have expressed an interest in finding collaborators.

Table: Laboratories Interested in Connecting with Researchers
LaboratoryStateArea of Interest/DisciplineContact(s)
Homeland Security Investigations Forensic Lab (within DHS) DC

Postdoctoral positions are available in these topics:

  • Imaging techniques for document authentication.
  • Novel uses of laboratory instrumentation, augmented by artificial intelligence, to distinguish between genuine, counterfeit, and altered identity documents.
  • Identification of characteristics of counterfeit documents that may be used to trace and attribute them to producers or distributors.


Deadline: 2/28/2024 6:00:00 pm ET
See full information, including how to apply, at: 
https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/ICPD-2024-03 https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/ICPD-2024-04

 

Hamilton County Coroner Crime LaboratoryOH
  • Drugs
  • Firearms
  • Forensic biology
  • Toxicology
  • Trace evidence
Michael Trimpe, Laboratory Director 
[email protected]
Forensic Services Bureau, Ventura County Sheriff's OfficeCA
  • Crime Scene Processing
  • DNA
  • Serology/Body Fluid Identification
  • Drug Chemistry
  • Firearms/Toolmarks
  • Latent Prints
  • Toxicology
  • Trace- gunshot residue, fibers, or fire debris
Denise Hernandez, Supervising Forensic Scientist
O: (805) 650-4081
C: (805) 765-5859
[email protected]
UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory- ForensicsCANon-human DNA (nuclear and mitochondrial)

Dr. Robert Grahn
530-754-4378
[email protected]

 

Bronx District Attorney's Office, Digital Forensics LaboratoryNYDigital evidenceDr. David Olson
Deputy Chief of the Strategic Planning and Analytics Unit
[email protected]
O: (718)838-7135
Hamilton County Coroner's OfficeOHResearch involving the analysis of fentanyl analogs comparing the use of GC/MS to LC/MS/MS in Forensic Toxicology.Michael A. Trimpe
O: (513) 946-8761
Houston Forensic Science CenterTX
  • Blind quality control systems for laboratory Quality Assurance programs. Disciplines to consider, toxicology, latent prints, biology, firearms, controlled substances, digital multimedia, crime scene investigation.
  • Evidence management technologies and process engineering. Particularly, RFID evidence tracking and evidence inventory and tracking improvements and process engineering for very high reliability handling of 200,000+ evidence items per year
  • Data analytics. Including (but not limited to) data analytics and data visualization for process engineering and process optimization analytics (all disciplines). Data visualization and analytic tools for case related data (all disciplines).
  • Document management technologies and integration to Laboratory Information Management Systems. Particularly interested in technologies and processes for document management that maintain documentation for public access while maintaining document integrity and security considerations.

Dr. Amy Castillo, Chief Operations Officer
O: (832)-937-5035
[email protected]

Dr. Preshious Rearden, Director of Technology, Research and Development
O: (832)304-8978
[email protected]

Colorado Bureau of InvestigationCO
  • Crime Scene Processing
  • DNA
  • Serology/Body Fluid Identification
  • Drug Chemistry
  • Firearms/Toolmarks
  • Latent Prints
  • Toxicology
  • Trace- gunshot residue, fibers, or fire debris
Shanley Garrett
303-463-7132
[email protected] 
Virginia Department of Forensic ScienceVA
  • Firearms
  • Toxicology
Alka Lohmann, Director of Technical Services
O: 804-588-4092
Boston Police Crime LaboratoryMAThe purpose of this research is to provide evidence that the identification of intact spermatozoa (sperm heads with attached tails) is a significant finding in sexual assault related cases and specifically in sexual assault homicide cases where the time since intercourse may be a relevant factor in solving the crime.Kathryne Hall (O): (617) 343-5789

Date Published: July 7, 2023