The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education (CFSRE) provides resources for students to engage in meaningful research projects to expand our knowledge of the forensic sciences. The CFSRE offers research projects specific to the areas of Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry, and Forensic Toxicology. Graduate students from Arcadia University, Temple University, and Thomas Jefferson University participate in research using our state-of-the-art instrumentation and facilities.
In 2009, the National Academy of Sciences released a report that was critical of forensic science in the United States. One of the major criticisms was the lack of literature and supporting research surrounding certain sciences and testing. In response to the report, the forensic science committee agreed to promote and participate in research work specific to the many disciplines. This research aims to gather the data necessary to support testing procedures, but also begins addressing some of the limitations associated with techniques. Research is fundamental to all areas of science and imperative to the continued advancement in forensic science.
Over the past several years, the CFSRE has partnered with hundreds of graduate students to complete research that is now being reviewed and used in forensic science disciplines. Through this partnership, data has been collected and literature has been published in important areas including: drug detection, drug quantitation, drug extraction, instrumental analysis, compound data-basing, method development and validation, “street drug” identification and classification, fiber analysis, explosive analysis, DNA collection, DNA extraction, and DNA purification.
Several of these research projects have been presented at professional meetings and conferences, both nationally and internationally including: the Pennsylvania Research Exchange, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Scientific Meeting, the Northeastern Association of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, and the Eastern Analytical Symposium. These meetings and conferences give students a platform to interact with other members of the forensic science community, while strengthening their public speaking and networking skills. Students are guaranteed attendance to one of these meetings and are always encouraged to attend with help from faculty and staff at the CFSRE.
Publications and Presentations
A Comparative Study for Method Development and Validation for Detection of THC, THC-OH, and THC-COOH in Blood using GC/MS and LC/MS/MS
Alex J Krotulski, Marykathryn Tynon, Karen S Scott, and Barry K Logan, AAFS, Poster Presentation, February 2015
Megan R Record, Serge Auger, Pierre Picard, Frank Kero, Victor Vandell, Alex Birsan, Amanda LA Mohr, Karen S Scott, Application Note AN834, Biotage® 2014
Megan R Record, Serge Auger, Pierre Picard, Frank Kero, Victor Vandell, Alex Birsan, Amanda LA Mohr, Karen S Scott, NEAFS, Poster Presentation, November 2014
Application of Time-of-Flight/Mass Spectrometry (TOF/MS) With Three Different Fragmentation Modes to the Toxicological Screening of Urine Samples Collected From an Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Population
Helen Piper, Alexander L Maggitti III, Jared Castellani, Francis X Diamond, Matthew M McMullin, MS, and Barry K Logan, AAFS, Platform Presentation, February 2015
Assessment of Three Time-of-Flight/Mass Spectrometry (TOF/MS) Drug Screening Technologies Using Different Fragmentation Modes
Helen Piper, Alexander L Maggitti III, Jared Castellani, Francis X Diamond, Matthew M McMullin, MS, and Barry K Logan, AAFS, Poster Presentation, February 2015
Development of a quantitation method for synthetic cannabinoid metabolites in urine using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)
Craig Leopold, Barry K Logan, Sherri Kacinko, and Karen S Scott, AAFS, Poster Presentation, February 2015
Evaluation of the Impact of Expanding Enzyme-Linked Immuno-Sorbent Assay (ELISA) Screening in Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID) Investigations
Aileen Lu, Karen S Scott, Ayako Chan-Hosokawa, and Barry K Logan, AAFS, Platform Presentation, February 2015
Case Report of a Death Involving the Designer Opioid MT-45 Raises the Spectre of Synthetic Opioids in Forensic Casework
Donna M Papsun, Alison Krywanczyk, James C Vose, Elizabeth A Bundock, and Barry K Logan, AAFS, Platform Presentation, February 2015 and IAFS, Poster Presentation, October 2014
Simplified analysis of 11-hydroxy-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and 11-carboxy-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol in human meconium: method development and validation
Marykathryn Tynon, Marcellino Porto, and Barry K Logan, Journal of Analytical Toxicology, October 2014