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FNSSI Research Areas

FNSSI provides broad, interdisciplinary scientific research and theory to real-world legal and security issues. Student and faculty research projects encompass many areas, including bioforensics, combustible materials, and DNA analysis, to name a few.


The following is a detailed list of recent or ongoing research projects:

  • Geospatial source determination by DNA and MS analysis
  • Effect of environmental variables on bloodstain imaging
  • Measurement of force from air guns
  • Vaccines against novel targets on the bacterial cell surface
  • Epigenetic changes as a biomarker of exposure to toxins
  • Action of extended-release morphine pharmaceuticals
  • Terahertz spectroscopy for explosives detection and identification
  • Terahertz spectroscopy for pharmaceutical polymorph characterization
  • Boride-containing materials for nuclear detection applications
  • Nanoparticle hybrid materials as applied to agent sensing
  • Evaluation of thermal history through bone analysis
  • Estimation of PMI through bone analysis
  • Speaker/writer attribution of spoken/written words
  • Psycholinguistic analysis of evidence
  • Disease determination in historical human skeletal remains
  • New methods for determining redistribution of drugs in the body