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The International Forensic Research Institute serves local and national law enforcement efforts through original research and the application of scientific principles to the administration of justice. The institute also provides a platform for interdisciplinary work across several disciplines. 

Research Areas

Some of the research and training areas available through the institute include:

  • Arson and explosive residue analysis
  • Counterfeit currency detection
  • Detector dogs
  • DNA evidence and population substructuring
  • Drug analysis
  • Environmental forensics
  • Fingerprint development
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Forensic facial approximation
  • Forensic toxicology
  • Glass analysis
  • Human performance under the influence of alcohol and drugs
  • PCR applications and quality assurance
  • Trace elemental analysis of biological samples
  • Courtroom persuasion
  • Effect of pretrial publicity
  • Eyewitness memory
  • Eyewitness testimony of children
  • Cognitive bias
  • Homicide patterns and trends
  • Improving witnesses' recall
  • International drug money laundering
  • Jury decision making
  • Jury selection
  • Narcotics trafficking
  • Substance abuse

Detector Dogs

This joint project of our institute and the National Forensic Science Technology Center works with state law enforcement programs to advance detection K-9 programs.

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