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FIU is known for forensic research through IFRI and CARFS, 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 ethanol 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

A trainer and detector dog practice an exercise in front of a crowd of students

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