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FIU is known for forensic research through International Forensic Research Institute and Center for Advanced Research in Forensic Science, and collaborates across components, departments and external partners to follow the most intriguing questions. 

Research has been conducted in a wide variety of disciplines and topics, including:

  • 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 identifications
  • Homicide patterns and trends
  • Improving witnesses recall
  • Jury decision making
  • Jury selection

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