Dr. David Foran is the director of the graduate Forensic Science Program and supervisor of the Forensic Biology Laboratory. He is joint appointed through the School of Criminal Justice and Department of Zoology. Dr. Foran has worked on famous historical cases such as the Crippen murder and the Boston Strangler, as well as on modern criminal cases. He is an editor for the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS), and an AAFS Fellow. For more information, please see his CV.
Melissa Christle is the program secretary who always has the answers to your questions, or can, at the very least, point you in the right direction. Her tasks include processing application material, coordinating guest presentations, thesis defenses, and public services.
Dr. Norman Sauer was co-
Dr. Ruth Waddell Smith directs the forensic chemistry track of the Forensic Science Program, and supervises the Forensic Chemistry Laboratory. Additionally, she is a JFS editor and AAFS Fellow. The lab performs chemical analysis using a variety of methods, most notably gas chromatography and mass and infared spectrometry. For more information, please see her CV or visit the forensic chemistry website.
Dr. Todd Fenton is co-
Dr. Fenton (left) and Dr. Sauer (right)
Dr. Joe Hefner joined the forensic anthropology laboratory in 2014. Prior to arriving at MSU, Dr. Hefner worked at the JPAC central identification laboratory in Honolulu, HI. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Anthropologists and an AAFS Member. For more information, please see his CV.
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