2015 NIJ Forensic Science R&D Symposium

2015 NIJ Forensic Science R&D Symposium


The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) assisted the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in hosting the annual NIJ Forensic Science Research and Development (R&D) Symposium on February 17, 2015 at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) meeting in Orlando, Florida. The NIJ Forensic Science R&D Symposium is a free and open meeting where attendees learned about NIJ-funded research across a variety of forensic science areas.

Archived Presentations

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Morning Session I: Impression, Pattern & Trace Evidence

Presentation Topics:
Effective Identification of Ink and Document Chemistry using Nanomanipulation-Coupled to Mass Spectrometry for Forensic Application – Guido Verbeck
Towards a Novel, Fast, and Accurate 3D-Topography Imaging and Analysis System for Firearm Forensics – Ryan Lilien
Particle Combination Analysis: Collaborative Research Unleashing Next Generation Forensic Trace Evidence Analysis – David Stoney
Collaborative Efforts in Developing Reliable Genetic and Statistical Methods for Microbial Profiling of Soils – David Foran



Morning Session II: Postmortem Interval & Molecular Autopsy

Presentation Topics:
► An External Validation Test of the Citrate Content PMI Method – Ann Bunch
► Computerized Reconstruction of Fragmentary Skeletal Remains – Mohamed Mahfouz
► “Chemo-entomology”: Determining the Species and Age Blowfly Pupae Based on Their Chemical Profiles – William Kranz
► The Molecular Autopsy: Collaborative Sequencing, Verification and Reporting of Causal Mutations in a Large Cohort of Infant and Young Adult Sudden Death Victims – Roger Khan



Afternoon Session I: Forensic DNA Research – Focus on DNA Sequencing

Presentation Topics:
► Massively Parallel Sequencing Analysis of Microsatellites for Delineating Components of Genetic Mixtures – Hanlee Ji
► Epigenetic Methylation Markers are a Powerful Technique to Discriminate Body Fluids Present in Crime Scene Evidence – Bruce McCord
► Simultaneous Detection of Human Mitochondrial DNA and Nuclear-Inserted Mitochondrial-origin Sequences (NumtS) using Forensic mtDNA Amplification Strategies and Pyrosequencing Technology – Mark Wilson
► Laying the Foundation for Forensic use of the Complete Mitochondrial Genome through a Collaborative Database Initiative – Rebecca Just



Afternoon Session II: Controlled Substances and Toxicology

Presentation Topics:
► Aptamer-Based, Exonuclease-Amplified, Paper Device for Point of Collection Screening of Cocaine and Methamphetamine in Oral Fluid – Yi Xiao
► Ambient Sampling, Portable Mass Spectrometers for On-Site Crime Scene Analytics – Christopher Mulligan
► State of the DART: New Technology forming New Collaborations in Forensic Chemistry – Jason Shepard
► Analysis of Biological Specimens for the Presence of Novel Psychoactive Substances from Attendees at an Electronic Dance Music Festival – Amanda Mohr