From Fingerprints and Gender to Ballistics and Animal Cruelty, Duquesne Forensic Students Showcase Research

Graduate students from Duquesne University's Forensic Science and Law program will present on topics ranging from Differentiation of Gender through Fingerprint Residues to Forensic Evidence of Animal Cruelty at the fourth annual Forensic Science and Law Graduate Research Symposium.

The symposium on Friday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rockwell Hall's Lecture Hall 2 will showcase the depth and variety of independent research conducted within the program.

The presentations and student researchers will be:

  • 9 a.m., Computational Study of O-H-LSD Degradation in Urine with Unstable Storage Conditions, Elise Jesikiewicz
  • 9:30 a.m., Extraction, Detection and Quantification of Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) From Baked Goods, Michelle Peters
  • 10 a.m., Forensic Evidence of Animal Cruelty: Identification of Atypical Infectious Disease, Krista Spear
  • 10:45 a.m. PCR Variability: The Effects of Centrifugation, Experience and Light Exposure, David Orbin
  • 11:15 a.m., The Effects of Trichoderma Viride Cellulase on Touch DNA Swab Concentrations, Brendan Shanahan
  • 1 p.m., Examination of Cross Contamination via Fiberglass Fingerprint Brushes, Bridget McGinty
  • 1:30 p.m., Optimization of Organic Differential Extraction Procedure and Technique Application to Three Types of Sperm Samples, Kiersten Erlanson
  • 2:15 p.m., Extraction of Nuclear DNA from Human Hair in the Telogen Phase, Justin Shaffer
  • 2:45 p.m., Differentiation of Gender Through Fingerprint Residues, Joseph Coiro
  • 3:15 p.m., The Detection of Organic Components Found in Gunshot Residue by Use of LC-QQQ-MS to Assess Home-Reloaded by Ammunition, Kyle Brown.

Sponsored by the Forensic Science and Law Master's program, the symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, email Lyndsie Ferrara at

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