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

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Submissions from 2022

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Eliminating Interference from Blood Protein in the RED-BLEU Assay for Detection of EDTA in Blood Evidence Samples, Kristen M. Atkinson

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Impact of 1,4-Dithiothreitol (DTT) on Microbial Community Structures Associated with Human Semen Samples, Christian R. Blaise

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Classification and Differentiation of Forensically Relevant Cell Populations using Imaging Flow Cytometry, Arianna D. DeCorte

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The Analysis of Commercially Available Kratom Products in Richmond, Virginia, James H. Fleming Jr

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Developing a Unified Method for the Analysis of Five Ethanol Metabolites: EtG, EtS, GTOL, 5-HTOL, and 5-HIAA using UPLC-MS/MS, Bailey K. Jones

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Using a non-destructive method to estimate the number of contributors and predict DNA yield in touch DNA mixtures, Christin Lee

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Optimization of a Microfluidic Device for Cell Capture Using Optical Trapping, Samantha C. Pagel

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Stability and Variation within Donors of miRNA Markers for Body Fluid Identification, Kelsey R. Price

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Identification of the New Synthetic Opioid Bucinnazine and its Metabolites using Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), Karissa N. Resnik

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A Quantifiler Trio-based HRM Mixture Screening Assay for the QuantStudio 6 Flex qPCR platform, Dayanara A. Torres

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Optimization and Comparison of Methods for Separation of Spermatozoa from Superabsorbent Polymer-Containing Forensic Evidence, Hannah Wells

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Development of a Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) Assay for Detection of miRNAs, Alisha B. Whelan

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A COMPARISON OF CYANOACRYLATE FUMING FOLLOWED BY MBD DYE STAINING AND GUN BLUING FOR DEVELOPMENT OF LATENT FINGERPRINTS ON CARTRIDGE CASES, Jamie Zaleta

Submissions from 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