Master of Science in Forensic Science Directed Research Projects from the Department of Forensic Science, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Submissions from 2021 2021

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Development of a Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) Method for the Quantification of Vitamin E and Vitamin E Acetate in Electronic Cigarettes, Matthew Adreance

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Evaluation of DNA Extraction Efficiencies of Promega’s DNA IQ™ Methods and Casework Extraction Kit for Low Template Samples, Emily M. Anderson

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Quantitative PCR and Sanger Sequencing of Mitochondrial DNA Recovered from Waterlogged Bone, Kailey Babcock

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Qualitative and Quantitative Characterization of Epithelial Cell Mixtures Using Hormone Antibody Probes and Flow Cytometry, Luke Baldridge

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Development of an Analytical Method and Sample Preparation Technique for the Analysis of Sulfur-Containing Fentanyl Analogs by UPLCMSMS, and the Application to Forensic Science, Amber D. Budmark

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Survival, Growth, and Characterization of Microbes in E-liquids, Jessica Bunn

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Detection Of 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene Using A Colorimetric Gold Nanoparticle Air Cassette Filter, Andrea I. Ferrer Vega

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Method Validation of Headspace Gas Chromatography with Dual Flame Ionization Detection for Analysis of Blood Alcohol Concentration and Other Volatile Organic Compounds, Caroline A. Fudala

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The Impact of Latent Print Processing on Firing Pin and Breechface Impressions during Firearm Examination, Brittany B. Harrington

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Comparison of the Bacterial Community Structure of Bone Swabs to Ground Bone Recovered from Waterlogged Skeletal Remains from a Lentic Environment for Postmortem Submersion Interval (PMSI) Estimation, Hannah Johnson

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Creation and Optimization of an Optical Trapping Microfluidic Device for the Separation of Mock Forensic Sexual Assault Samples, Mackenzie Lally

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The Efficacy of Recovering Latent Fingerprints from Fired Cartridge Cases by way of Cyanoacrylate Fuming combined with Basic Yellow Dye Staining, Lily Mantz

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PowerPlex® Fusion 6C System versus PowerPlex® Fusion 5C: A Comparison of Performance Metrics, Caitlin M. McCaughan

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Evaluation of Five Methods to Develop Latent Prints on Thermal Paper, Jenna Pregent

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A Determination of the Aerosolization Efficiency of Drugs of Abuse in a Eutectic Mixture with Nicotine in Electronic Cigarettes, Laerissa Reveil

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Comparison of Semi-Automated and Manual Differential Separation Methods for Mock Sexual Assault Samples, Stephanie Rink

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Analysis of Ethanol Aerosolized in an Electronic Cigarette by Headspace Gas Chromatography-Flame Ionization Detector (GC-FID) and Particle Size Separation, Erica R. Sales

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Evaluation of Cell Lysis Techniques for Direct Amplification of Sexual Assault Samples, Sarah Schellhammer

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Identification and Optimization of miRNA Biomarkers for Body Mass Index (BMI) Estimation in Forensic Samples, Jennifer J. Shealy

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Determining Time Since Deposition for Human Saliva Stains Using Non-Genetic Signatures, Brian M. Stephenson

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Differentiation Between Peripheral Blood and Menstrual Blood using miRNA markers, Anaya Valentine

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Identification of Compounds Causing Cellular Autofluorescence in Touch Samples, Elora C. Wall

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Characterizing the Presence of EDTA in Blood Samples, Alexandra Wright

Submissions from 2020 2020

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The Utilization of Eukaryotic Cell Types in Microbiomes for Semen, Vaginal Fluid, and Menstrual Blood Identification using 18S rDNA, Ines Benaissa

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Detection of Bacterial Lipopolysaccharides of Escherichia coli by Direct Analysis in Real Time/Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry, Dakotah M. Biller

 
 
 
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