Research

Capstone Research

Forensic science students examine evidence using a digital microscope


All students are required to complete an independent research project during their second year. The student is expected to conduct a research project, prepare a written report, and present the results of the research in a public forum prior to graduation. The research component of the program may include preparatory coursework in research methods and statistics. The ideal research project is well defined, stands a reasonable chance of completion in the time available, and requires the student to use advanced concepts and a variety of experimental techniques and instruments. Research in forensic science advances the body of knowledge and elevates the status of the profession.

The capstone course allows students to specialize within the discipline of interest and develop their problem-solving, time management and project management skills. Most students find this to be the most challenging program experience.

Students select a faculty advisor within their discipline during the first year. Upon completion of the internship, students conduct their capstone research during the fall and spring semesters. They present a formal research proposal orally towards the end of the Spring semester of year one. During the second year of study, students receive written and verbal feedback on performance. Students are encouraged to submit work of sufficient standard for publication and/or presentation at regional and national scientific meetings.

 

MSFS Student and Faculty Publications

  • View 2015 Publications
    • Amy Sorensen, Clare Berry, David Bruce, Michelle Gahan, Sheree Hughes-Stamm, and Dennis McNevin, Direct-to-PCR Tissue Preservation for DNA Profiling. International Symposium on Human Identification Annual Meeting (Oct 2015).
    • Amy Sorensen, Elizabeth Rahman, David Gangitano, and Sheree Hughes-Stamm, Improved Preservation and Purification Methods for DNA in Decomposing Human Tissue Samples; A DVI Application. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2015).
    • Amy Sorensen, Elizabeth Rahman, Cassandra Shield, James White, David Gangitano, and Sheree Hughes-Stamm, Room Temperature DNA Preservation and Rapid Purification of Decomposing Human Tissue Samples: An Alternative DVI Approach. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Science (Feb 2015).
    • Gabriella Cansino, Peyton Gandy, Jessica A. Motl, Todd Armstrong, Matt R. Nobles, Brian Boutwell, and David Gangitano, Criminal Behavior and Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in Genes Related to Dopamine and Serotonin Modulation. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2015).
    • Gretchen R. Dabbs, Melissa Connor, and Joan A. Bytheway, Interobserver Reliability of the Total Body Score System for Quantifying Human Decomposition. Journal of Forensic Sciences, in press (2015).
    • Gretchen R. Dabbs, Melissa Connor, and Joan A. Bytheway, Interobserver Reliability of the Total Body Score System for Quantifying Human Decomposition. Proceedings from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2015).
    • James White, Sheree Hughes-Stamm, and David Gangitano. Development and Validation of a Rapid PCR Method for the PowerPlex® 16 HS System for Forensic DNA Identification. International Journal of Legal Medicine. 129(4), 715-723 (Jul 2015).
    • Jeffrey R. Wozniak, Monte L. Thies, Joan A. Bytheway, and William I. Lutterschmidt. A Hydrologic Retention System and Water Quality Monitoring Program for a Human Decomposition Research Facility: Concept and Design. Journal of Forensic Sciences. 60 (1), 54-60 (Jan 2015).
    • Jessica Wells, Todd Armstrong, Brian Boutwell, Danielle Boisvert, Shahida Flores, Mary Symonds, and David Gangitano, Molecular Genetic Underpinnings of Self-Control: 5-HTTLPR and Self-Control in a Sample of Inmates. Journal of Criminal Justice. 43(5), 386-396 (Sept-Oct 2015).
    • Jessica N. Winborn, Margaret A. Hanson, Luis E. Figueroa, Ashley R. Konarik, Dustin M. James, Kevin K. Chen, Terra M. Dassau, James D. Sweet, and Jorn Chi-Chung Yu, Analysis of Cannabinoids Found in Seized Marijuana Using Automated Headspace Solid-phase Microextraction Coupled with Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2015).
    • Joan A. Bytheway, Melissa Connor, Gretchen R. Dabbs, Cheryl A. Johnston, and Michelle Sunkel, The Ethics and Best Practices of Human Decomposition Facilities in the United States. Forensic Science Policy & Management: An International Journal, in press (2015).
    • Lindsay Glicksberg and Sarah Kerrigan, Simultaneous Identification of Twenty-Two Synthetic Cathinones in Urine using LC/Q-TOF-MS. Society of Forensic Toxicologists Annual Meeting (Oct 2015).
    • Lindsay Glicksberg, Rebecca J. Ponsini, Megan Savage, Cassandra Cavazos, and Sarah Kerrigan, Identification of Synthetic Cathinones from Electron Impact Mass Spectra. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2015).
    • Michael Alexander, Theresa Hodges, Joan Bytheway, and Jacqueline Aitkenhead-Peterson, Application of Soil in Forensic Science: Residual Odor and HRD Dogs. Forensic Science International. 249, 304-313 (Apr 2015).
    • Mustapha Zein, Kristina M. McNerney, Jason L. Schroeder, William M. Davis, and Roger Kahn, Gunshot Residue on Evidence Packaging. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2015).
    • Patrick Buzzini and Alyshia Meyers, Characterization and Discrimination of Inkjet Printer Inks Using Micro-Raman Spectroscopy. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2015).
    • Peter De Forest, Patrick Buzzini, Rebecca Bucht, Carol Hunter, and Douglas Lucas, The Making of the Criminalistics Maestro- On the Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities to Work Proficiently on Non-Routine and Complex Cases. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2015).
    • Rachel Houston, Matthew Birck, Sheree Hughes-Stamm, and David Gangitano, Evaluation of a 13-loci STR Multiplex for Cannabis sativa Genetic Identification. International Symposium on Human Identification Annual Meeting (Oct 2015).
    • Rachel Houston, Amy Sorensen, David Gangitano, and Sheree Hughes-Stamm, Using DNA Profiling to Discriminate Marijuana Sources. Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators Meeting (Aug 2015).
    • Rebecca Ponsini and Sarah Kerrigan. Identification of Synthetic Cathinones from Electron Impact Mass Spectra. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2015).
    • R. J. McDown, Joshua D. Sablatura, Lei Chen, and Jorn Chi-Chung Yu, Fingerprint Replication Utilizing Latent Fingerprints for Conducting Forensic Analysis on Mobile Devices with Biometric Security. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2015).
    • Sarah Kerrigan, Megan Savage, Cassandra Cavazos and Paige Bella, Thermal Degradation of Synthetic Cathinones: Implications for Forensic Toxicology. Journal of Analytical Toxicology, in press (Aug 2015).
    • Sarah Kerrigan. Improved Detection of Synthetic Cathinones in Forensic Toxicology Samples. Technical Report, U.S. Department of Justice, Award Number 2012-R2-CX-K003, 2015.
    • Sheree Hughes-Stamm, Elizabeth Rahman, David Gangitano, and Gabriel Boselli, Evaluation of a One-Step DNA Extraction Method for “touch” Samples. International Symposium on Human Identification Annual Meeting (Oct 2015).
    • Stephanie Basiliere, Tracy Gastineau, and Sarah Kerrigan, A Validated Method for the Determination of Salvinorin A and Salvinorin B in Forensic Toxicology Samples. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2015).
    • Tracy Gastineau and Sarah Kerrigan, A Validated Method for the Determination of Salvinorin A and Salvinorin B in Forensic Toxicology Samples. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2015).
  • View 2014 Publications
    • Amy Sorenson, David Gangitano, and Sheree Hughes-Stamm. DNA Preservation and Rapid Purification of Decomposing Human Tissue Samples; A DVI Application. Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators (AFDAA) (Jul 2014).
    • Amy Sorenson, David Gangitano, and Sheree Hughes-Stamm. Room Temperature DNA Preservation and High-Throughput Purification of Decomposing Human Tissue Samples, An Improved DVI Approach. The 22nd International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences, The Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (Sept 2014).
    • Cassandra Cavazos, Michael Manes, and Monica Brady Mellon. Benefits of Deconvolution Reporting Software in Forensic Toxicology. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2014).
    • Cassandra Schield, Cassandra Campelli, Bruce Budowle, Craig Echt, and David Gangitano. Forensic Botany: Molecular Identification of Pinus Pollen Grains in Surface Soil. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2014).
    • Elizabeth Rahman and Sheree Hughes-Stamm. Preservation of Human Tissue Samples in Tropical Climates. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2014).
    • James White, Sarah Bahlmann, Sheree Hughes-Stamm, and David Gangitano. Development and Evaluation of a Rapid PCR Method for a Commercially Available MiniSTR Kit for Human Identification. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2014).
    • Jianbo Zeng, Ji Qi, Fuquan Bai, Jorn Chi-Chung Yu, and Wei-Chuan Shih. Analysis of Ethyl and Methyl Centralite Vibrational Spectra for Mapping Organic Gunshot Residues. Analyst. 139, 4270-4278 (May 2014).
    • Joseph Cox and Jeffrey Walterscheid. Determination of GHB in Blood and Urine Using GC-MS/MS without Derivatization. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2014).
    • Kaitlin Main, Stacie Gray, Kevin Derr, and Joan Bytheway. Differences in Skeletal Pathology as Seen in an Individual with Quadriplegia Secondary to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2014).
    • Kourtni Woods, Sheree Hughes-Stamm, David Gangitano, and Frauke Warnke. An Improved Method of DNA Extraction from Environmentally Challenged Teeth. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2014).
    • Ming Li, Jing Lu, Ji Qi, Fusheng Zhao, Jianbo Zeng, Jorn Chi-Chung Yu, and Wei-Chuan Shih. Stamping surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy for label-free, multiplexed, molecular sensing and imaging. Journal of Biomedical Optics. 19(5), 050501-050503 (May 2014).
    • Peyton Gandy, Mary Symonds, Shahida Flores, Todd Armstrong, Matthew Nobles, Brian Boutwell, and David Gangitano. Genetic Study of DNA polymorphisms in Androgen Receptor, Serotonin Transporter and Monoamine-oxidase Genes in an Inmate Sample. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2014).
    • Rebecca McCullough, Yongyi, Jiang, and Warren Samms. Differentiation and Thermal Degradation of Synthetic Cathinone Regioisomers During Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry Analysis. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2014).
    • Rebecca McCullough, Yongyi, Jiang, and Warren Samms. Differentiation of Regioisomeric Alpha-methyltryptamine (AMT; 3- (2-aminopropyl) indole) and 5-IT (5-(2-aminopropyl) indole). Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2014).
    • Sarah Bahlmann, Sheree Hughes-Stamm, and David Gangitano. Development and Evaluation of a Rapid PCR Method for the PowerPlex® S5 System for Forensic DNA Profiling. Legal Medicine. 16(4), 227-233 (Jul 2014).
    • Sarah Kerrigan and Paige Bella. Stability of the Synthetic Cathinones: Implications for Forensic Toxicology. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2014).
    • Sarah Kerrigan, Ashley Mullings, Breanna Jatzlau, Francisco Ortiz, Laura Perrella, Sarah Martin, and Kelsie Bryand. Psychostimulants in Urine by Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry. Journal of Forensic Sciences. 59(1), 175-183 (Jan 2014).
    • Tiffany McCann and Jorn Chi-Chung Yu. Optimization of Headspace Solid Phase Microextraction Coupled with Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry for Marijuana Profiling. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2014).
    • Todd Armstrong, Brian Boutwell, Shahida Flores, Mary Symonds, Shawn Keller, and David Gangitano. Monoamine Oxidase A Genotype, Childhood Adversity, and Criminal Behavior In An Incarcerated Sample. Psychiatric Genetics. 24(4), 164-171 (Aug 2014).
    • Tracy Gastineau, Justin Schwane, and Elizabeth Todd. Two Month Stability and Distribution and Study of the Benzodiazepine Phenazepam. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Feb 2014).
  • View 2013 Publications
    • Sheree Hughes-Stamm, Mark Barash, Kelly Grisedale, and Angela van Daal. Initial evaluation of a 96-plex GoldenGate® Genotyping SNP assay with suboptimal and whole genome amplified samples. Journal of Forensic Investigation. 1(1):8-16, 2013.
    • Pablo Noseda, Michael Hernandez, Britany Gonzalez, Sheree Hughes-Stamm, and David Gangitano. Genetic Study of Three Closely Linked X chromosome STR Markers in an Argentinian Population. Journal of Forensic Investigation. 1(2):4, 2013.
    • Sarah Kerrigan, Monica Brady Mellon, and Paige Hinners. Detection of Phenazepam in Impaired Driving. Journal of Analytical Toxicology, in press (2013).
    • Barry K. Logan, Kayla J. Lowrie, Jennifer L. Turri, Jillian Yeakel, Jennifer F. Limoges, Amy Miles, Colleen E. Scarneo, Sarah Kerrigan, and Laurel J. Farrell. Recommendations for Toxicological Investigation of Drug Impaired Driving and Motor Vehicle Fatalities. Journal of Analytical Toxicology, in press (2013).
    • Patricia A. Contreras, Stephen S. Houck, William M. Davis, and Jorn C.C. Yu. Pyrolysis Products of Linear Alkylbenzenes - Implications in Fire Debris Analysis. Journal of Forensic Science, 58(1):210-6, 2013.
    • Darrel Stein and Jorn C.C. Yu. The use of near-infrared photography to image fired bullets and cartridge cases. Journal of Forensic Science, 58(5):1330-5, 2013.
    • Pablo Noseda, Jaclyn Kenline, Samantha Manning, and David Gangitano. Population data for DXS6800, DXS101 and DXS8377 loci from Buenos Aires (Argentina). Journal of Forensic Legal Medicine. Jul;20(5):522-4, 2013.
    • Sarah Sims BS, Chris Heartsill BS, and Elizabeth Todd PhD. A Proposed Means for the Detection and Quantification of Bath Salts from Blood. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Feb 2013, Washington DC.
    • Cassandra Campelli BS, Jennifer Sycalik BS, Christopher Randle PhD, Craig Echt PhD, Bruce Budowle PhD, and David Gangitano PhD. Using Pinus STR Profiling to Discriminate Pollen Sources at the Regional Level: A Potential Tool for Forensic Investigations. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Feb 2013, Washington DC.
    • Sarah Bahlmann BS, Ashleigh Faris MS, Sibyl Bucheli PhD, and David Gangitano PhD. A Molecular Approach: Species Composition of the Maggot Mass in Human Cadavers in the Pineywoods Ecoregion of Southeastern Texas. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Feb 2013, Washington DC.
    • Paige Hinners, BS, Monica Brady Mellon MS, and Sarah Kerrigan, PhD. Phenazepam Impairment: A Case Report. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Feb 2013, Washington DC.
  • View 2012 Publications
    • Sarah Martin, MS and Sarah Kerrigan, PhD. Analysis of Psychedelic Phenethylamines in Blood by LC/MS/MS. Society of Forensic Toxicologists Annual Meeting, Jul 2012, Boston, MA.
    • Kayla Ellefsen, MS and Sarah Kerrigan, Ph.D. Detection of Beta-Keto Amphetamines in Urine by GC/MS. Society of Forensic Toxicologists Annual Meeting, Jul 2012, Boston, MA.
    • MacKenzie Willis, MS and Sarah Kerrigan Ph.D. Determination of Endogenous Concentrations of GHB in Human Hair by LCMSMS. Society of Forensic Toxicologists Annual Meeting, Jul 2012, Boston, MA.
    • Yu, J.C.C.; Martin S.; Nasr J.; Stafford K.; Thompson D.; Petrikovics I. LC-MS/MS analysis of 2-aminothiazoline-4-carboxylic acid as a forensic biomarker for cyanide poisoning. World J Methodol. 2012, 2(5): 33-41.
    • Petrikovics, I.; Yu, J.C.C.; Thompson, D.; Jayanna, P.; Logue, B.; Nasr, J.; Bhandar, R.; Baskin, S.; Rockwood, G. Plasma Persistence of 2-Aminothiazoline-4-Carboxylic Acid in Rat System Determined by Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry. Journal of Chromatography B 2012, 891-892, 81–84.
    • Petrikovics, I.; Wales, M.; Budai, M.; Yu, J.C.C.; Szilasi, M. Nano-Intercalated Organophosphorus Hydrolyzing Enzymes in Organophosphorus Antagonis. AAPS PharmSciTech 2012, 13(1), 112-117.
    • Patricia A. Contreras, Stephen S. Houck, William M. Davis, Jorn C.C. Yu. Pyrolysis Products of Linear Alkylbenzenes - Implications in Fire Debris Analysis. Journal of Forensic Science, Article first published online: 18 May 2012, DOI: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2012.02194.x
    • JA Aitkenhead-Peterson, CG Owings, MB Alexander, N Larison, JA Bytheway. Mapping the extent of human cadaver decomposition islands with soil chemistry. For Sci Int 216(1-3):127-34 (2012).
    • Rippley A, NC Larison, KE Moss, JD Kelly, JA Bytheway. Scavenging Behavior of Lynx rufus on Human Remains during the Winter Months of Southeast Texas. J Forensic Sci. 57(3):699-705 (2012).
    • Jaclyn B. Kenline, BS; Lauren G. Bouse, MSFS; Pablo A. Noseda, BS; David A. Gangitano, PhD. Comparison of Genetic Markers and Developmental Validation of the Multicopy LINE-1 Marker for Use in a Sensitive Real-Time Quantification Method. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Feb 2012, Atlanta, GA.
    • Yuanwei Gao, BS; Seongshin Gwak, BS; Jorn C.C. Yu, PhD. Preparation of Molecularly Imprinted Monolithic Polymers as the Stationary Phase for Liquid Chromatography. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Feb 2012, Atlanta, GA.
    • Nicole M. Harre, MS; Ashley J. Pipkin, BS; Jorn C.C. Yu, PhD; Colin C. Anderson, MS. Extraction of Methamphetamine from Postmortem Blood Samples by Molecularly Imprinted Polymers for Selective Solid Phase Extraction. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Feb, 2012 Atlanta, GA.
    • Ashleigh M. Faris, BS; Sibyl Bucheli, PhD; David A. Gangitano, PhD. Species Composition of the Maggot Mass. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Feb 2012, Atlanta, GA.
    • Joan A. Bytheway, PhD; Angela Rippley, BS; Ashleigh Gallaway, BS. Stages of Decomposition of Human Remains in a Subtropical Humid Environment. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Feb 2012, Atlanta, GA.
    • Kayla N. Ellefsen, BSc; MacKenzie L. Willis, BS; Ayodele A. Collins, MS; James A. Bourland, PhD; Ronald C. Backer, PhD. Evaluation of the Immunalysis Tapentadol Enzyme Immunoassay Kit. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Feb 2012, Atlanta, GA.
    • MacKenzie L. Willis, BS; Kayla N. Ellefsen, BSc; Ayodele A. Collins, MS; James A. Bourland, PhD; Ronald C. Backer, PhD. Validation and Comparison of the Microgenics and Immunalysis Buprenorphine EIA Kits. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Feb 2012, Atlanta, GA.
    • Eduardo Padilla, BS; Sarah E. Martin, BS. Method Development and Validation for the Detection of Cannabinoids in Blood Using LC/MS/MS. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Feb 2012, Atlanta, GA.
    • Danielle A. Dela Cruz, BS; Chris Heartsill, BS; Jorn C.C. Yu, PhD. A Comparison of Alprazolam Levels in Blood and Urine. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Feb 2012, Atlanta, GA.
    • Steve A. Noser, BS; Ashleigh Gallaway, BS; Angela Rippley, BS; Kevin R. Derr; Joe Trevino III; Joan A. Bytheway, PhD. Estimation of the Postmortem Interval of Human Remains in a Subtropical Humid Environment Using Accumulated Degree-Days and Total Body Scoring. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Feb 2012, Atlanta, GA.
  • View 2011 Publications
    • Sarah Kerrigan, Stephanie Banuelos, Laura Perrella and Brittany Hardy. Simultaneous Detection of Ten Psychedelic Phenethylamines in Urine by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry. Journal of Analytical Toxicology, 35:1-8 (2011).
    • Sarah Kerrigan, Monica Brady-Mellon, Stephanie Banuelos and Crystal Arndt. Evaluation of Commercial Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assays to Identify Psychedelic Phenethylamines. Journal of Analytical Toxicology, 35: 10-21 (2011).
    • Mallory Foster, BS* and Jorn Chi Chung Yu, PhD, Forensic Science Department, College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77340; Darrell Stein, Criminalist Laboratory Manager, Firearms Section, Houston Police Department, 1200 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002; The Use of Infrared Imaging to Facilitate Fired Cartridge Case and Bullet Comparisons. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2011, Chicago, IL.
    • Sarah Martin*, BS; J. Nasr; Jorn Chi Chung Yu, PhD; and Ilona Petrikovics, PhD, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, 77341. Study of L-2-Aminothiazoline-4-Carboxylic Acid as a Biomarker for Cyanide Poisoning by LC-MS/MS Analysis. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2011, Chicago, IL.
    • Lyndsi J. Ayers, MS* and Sarah Kerrigan, Ph.D., Forensic Science Department, College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, 1003 Bowers Blvd., Huntsville, TX 77340. Quantitative Analysis of Salvinorin A (Salvia) in Blood. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2011, Chicago, IL.
    • Francisco I. Ortiz, BS* Forensic Science Department, College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341, Jeffrey P. Walterscheid, PhD, Terry J. Danielson, PhD, DABFT, and Ashraf Mozayani, PhD, DABFT, Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, 1885 Old Spanish Trail, Houston, TX 77054; Toxicological Analysis of Synthetic Cannabinomimetic "Spice" Drugs. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2011, Chicago, IL.
    • Kristina A. Scott, BS*; and David A. Gangitano, PhD. Forensic Science Department, College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341; Application of a Handheld Vacuum-Filter Device for Differential Sperm Separation. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2011, Chicago, IL.
    • Shahida K. Flores, BS*; and David A. Gangitano, PhD. Forensic Science Department, College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341; Collection of Touch DNA by a Handheld Vacuum Device. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2011, Chicago, IL.
    • Laura L. Perrella, BS*, and Jordan L. Williams, BS, Forensic Science Department, College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341, and Texas Department of Public Safety, Houston, TX; Andrew McWhorter, MFS, and Jennifer Watson, MS, Texas Department of Public Safety, Houston, TX 77065; Optimizing Sperm Cell Recovery from Cotton Swabs prior to Christmas Tree Staining and p30 Test. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2011, Chicago, IL.
    • Jordan L. Williams, BS*, and Laura L. Perrella, BS, Forensic Science Department, College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341, and Department of Public Safety-Crime Laboratory, Houston, TX 77065; Andrew P. McWhorter, MFS, and Jennifer Watson, MS, Texas Department of Public Safety-Crime Laboratory, Houston, TX 77065. Optimization of Touch DNA Collection. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2011, Chicago, IL.
    • Francisco I. Ortiz, BS*, Breanna Jatzlau, MS, Ashley Mullings, MS, Kelsie Bryand, M.S. and, Sarah Kerrigan, PhD, Forensic Science Department, College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341; Simultaneous Detection of Psychedelic Amphetamines in Urine By LC/MS/MS. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2011, Chicago, IL.
    • Seongshin Gwak2, B.S.*, Ayodele Collins1, M.S., Cade Park1, B.S., Scot Chester1, B.S. and James Bourland1, Ph.D., DABFT Ameritox, Ltd. 1, Midland, Texas, 79706 Forensic Science Department, College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University2, Huntsville, Texas, 77341; Prevalence of Norhydrocodone in Authentic Hydrocodone Urine Specimens. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2011, Chicago, IL.
    • Emily Young2*, B.S., Ayodele Collins1, M.S. and James Bourland1, PhD., DABFT Ameritox, Ltd1, Midland, TX, 79706 Forensic Science Department, College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University2, Huntsville, TX, 77341. Evaluation of Enzymatic Hydrolysis Efficiency for Buprenorphine Analysis. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2011, Chicago, IL.
    • Brittney C. Gonzalez B.S.*, Pablo A. Noseda B.S., David A. Gangitano Ph.D. Forensic Science Department, College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77340. STR Data for Three Closely Linked X-Chromosomal Markers in an Argentinean Population. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2011, Chicago, IL.
  • View 2010 Publications
    • Sarah Kerrigan. The Use of Alcohol to Facilitate Sexual Assault. Forensic Science Review 22(1), 16-32 (2010). Phillip Stout, Kelsie Simons and Sarah Kerrigan. Quantitative Analysis of Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) at Endogenous Concentrations in Hair using Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS). Journal of Forensic Sciences, 55 (2), 531-537(2010).
    • Munoz A, Gangitano DA, Smith CP, Boone TB, Somogyi GT. Removal of urothelium affects bladder contractility and release of ATP but not release of NO in rat urinary bladder. BMC Urol. 2010 May 24;10:10. Bucheli SR, Bytheway JA, Gangitano DA. Necrophagous Caterpillars Provide Human mtDNA Evidence. J Forensic Sci. 2010 Jul;55(4):1130-2.
    • J C.C. Yu, E. P.C. Lai, Molecularly Imprinted Polymers for Ochratoxin A Extraction and Analysis, Toxins (2010) 2(6), 1536-1553.
    • R. Jackson, I Petrikovics, E. P.C. Lai, J C. C. Yu, Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Stir Bar Sorption Extraction and Electrospray Ionization Tandem Mass Spectrometry for Determination of 2-Aminothiazoline-4-Carboxylic Acid as a Marker for Cyanide Exposure, Analytical Methods, (2010) 2:552-557.
    • Ridhima Rao and Sarah Kerrigan. Determination of Salvinorin A in Urine by GC/MS. California Association of Toxicologists Meeting, May 2010, Sacramento, CA.
    • Randy Jackson, Ilona Petrikovics, E. P. C. Lai, Jorn Chi Chung. Yu. Molecularly imprinted polymer stir bar sorption extraction and electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry for determination of 2-aminothiazoline-4-carboxylic acid as a marker for cyanide exposure in forensic urine analysis, Analytical Methods, 2010 May;2:552-557.
    • Phillip Stout, Kelsie Simons and Sarah Kerrigan. Quantitative Analysis of Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) at Endogenous Concentrations in Hair using Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS). Journal of Forensic Sciences, 2010 Mar; 55 (2), 531-537.
    • Rebecca G Girardet, MD, Kelly Bolton, RN, William B Arnold, Breanna K Mead, Nicole Paes, Sheela Lahoti, MD, Reena Isaac, MD, Angelo Giardino, MD. The Collection of Forensic Evidence from Prepubescent Victims of Sexual Assault. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2010, Seattle, WA.
    • Internal Validation of an Automated Extraction Robot. Mario Galioto, BS*, Sam Houston State University, Forensic Science Department, College of Criminal Justice, 1003 Bowers Blvd., Huntsville, TX 77340; Diana Morales, MS, and Cassie Carradine, MS, Austin Police Department Forensic Science Division, DNA Section, PO Box 689001, Austin, TX 78768. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2010, Seattle, WA.
    • Breanna K. Mead* (BS) and Dr. David A. Gangitano. Study on SNPs Relating to Ethnicity and Hair/Eye Pigmentation in a Population of Texas. Sam Houston State University – Forensic Science Department – College of Criminal Justice – Chemistry and Forensic Science Building 1003 Bowers Blvd. Huntsville, TX 77341. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2010, Seattle, WA.
    • Mario Galioto, BS*; David Gangitano, PhD; and Joan Bytheway, PhD, Sam Houston State University, Forensic Science Department, College of Criminal Justice, 1003 Bowers Blvd., Huntsville, TX 77340. Comparative Study on Stability of DNA in Alternative Sample Tissues for use in the Identification of Decomposed Cadavers. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2010, Seattle, WA.
    • Jennifer Sycalik, BS, David Gangitano, PhD. Pollen DNA: A New Tool for Forensic Investigations. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2010, Seattle, WA.
    • Nicole Paes, BS, David Gangitano, PhD. Application of mini-STRs to Low Copy Number DNA Samples. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2010, Seattle, WA.
    • Jorn C.C. Yu, Ilona Petrickovics, Randy Jackson, Katelyn Stafford, Analytical Method Development for Determining the Biomarker Cyanide Metabolite 2-Aminothiazoline-4-Carboxylic Acid in Mice Liver After Cyanide Exposure, The Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Salt Lake City, March 7–11, 2010.
    • Harry R. Ehmann, The Forensic Assessment of HID (Xenon) Headlights: Determining Energization State and Identifying Illegal Vehicle Modifications, The 62nd Anniversary Meeting, American Academy of Forensic Science, Feb 22-27, 2010.
    • Katelyn Stafford, Randy Jackson, Kelsie Simons, Jorn C.C. Yu, Ilona Petrickovics, Analytical Method Development for Determining the Biomarker, 2-Aminothiazoline-4-Carboxylic Acid (ATCA), in Mice Liver After Cyanide Exposure, The 62nd Anniversary Meeting, American Academy of Forensic Science, Feb 22-27, 2010.
    • Jeffrey D. Kelly, Jorn C.C. Yu, Analysis of Non-Toxic Ammunition by Double Shot Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy (DY-PY GC/ MS), The 62nd Anniversary Meeting, American Academy of Forensic Science, Feb 22-27, 2010.
    • Katelyn Stafford, Randy Jackson, Jorn C.C Yu, Ilona Petrikovics, Analytical Method Development for Determining the Biomarker, 2- Aminothiazoline-4-Carboxylic Acid (ATCA), in Mice Liver After Cyanide Exposure, The 65th Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Nov. 5, 2009.
  • View 2009 Publications
    • Jessica Ayala, Kelsie Simons and Sarah Kerrigan. Quantitative Determination of Caffeine and Alcohol in Energy Drinks and the Potential to Produce Positive Transdermal Alcohol Concentrations in Human Subjects. Journal of Analytical Toxicology 33 (1), 27-33 (2009).
    • Delisa Downey and Sarah Kerrigan. Quantitative Analysis of Carisoprodol and Meprobamate in Whole Blood Using Benzylcarbamate and Deuterated Meprobamate as Internal Standards. Journal of Analytical Toxicology, 33(5), 278-282 (2009). Luce C, Montpetit S, Gangitano D, O'Donnell P. Validation of the AMPFlSTR MiniFiler PCR amplification kit for use in forensic casework. J Forensic Sci. 2009 Sep;54(5):1046-54. Gangitano D, Salas R, Teng Y, Perez E, De Biasi M. Progesterone modulation of alpha5 nAChR subunits influences anxiety-related behavior during estrus cycle. Genes Brain Behav. 2009 Jun;8(4):398-406.
    • R. Ehmann, J. C.C. Yu, Determination of Energization State of Xenon High Intensity Discharge Automobile Headlights, Forensic Science Journal, (2009) 8:13-28.
    • J.C.C. Yu, E.P.C. Lai, Molecularly imprinted polymer nanomaterials for mycotoxin extraction, in American Chemical Society - Mycotoxin Prevention and Control in Agriculture Symposium Series, (2009) Vol. 1031, Chapter 19, 277–292.
    • G. L. Burleson, B. Gonzalez, K. Simons, J. C.C. Yu, Forensic analysis of a single particle of partially burnt gunpowder by solid phase micro-extraction – gas chromatography-nitrogen phosphorus detector, Journal of Chromatography A, (2009) 22: 4679-4683.
    • Luce C, Montpetit S, Gangitano D, O'Donnell P. Validation of the AMPFlSTR MiniFiler PCR amplification kit for use in forensic casework. J Forensic Sci. 2009 Sep;54(5):1046-54.
    • R. Ehmann, J. C.C. Yu, Determination of energization state of xenon high intensity discharge automobile headlights. Forensic Science Journal (2009) Dec;8:13-28.
    • Chelsy Wingate, B.S.*, Michelle Parras-Layton, M.S., Scot Chester, B.S., Cade Park, B.S., Israel Reyes, B.S., and James Bourland, PhD. Validation of Opiate Detection and Quantification in Human Urine Using Liquid Chromatography and Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS). American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2009, Denver, CO. Ameritox Ltd., Midland, TX 79706 and College of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science Department, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77340.
    • Delisa Downey and Sarah Kerrigan. Quantitative Analysis of Carisoprodol and Meprobamate in Whole Blood Using Benzylcarbamate and Deuterated Meprobamate as Internal Standards. Journal of Analytical Toxicology, 33(5), 278-282 (2009).
    • Jessica Ayala, Kelsie Simons and Sarah Kerrigan. Quantitative Determination of Caffeine and Alcohol in Energy Drinks and the Potential to Produce Positive Transdermal Alcohol Concentrations in Human Subjects. Journal of Analytical Toxicology 33 (1), 27-33 (2009).
    • Jamie Jouett B.S., David Gangitano Ph.D. Molecular Palynology Study in Central East Texas: A New Approach to Linking Crime Scenes. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2009, Denver, CO.
    • Jamie L. Jouett, BS*. A Simple Liquid–Liquid Extraction of Carisoprodol and the Metabolite Meprobamate From Suspected Blood and Urine DUI Specimens for GC/MS Analysis. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2009, Denver, CO.
    • Jennifer M. Hogue, BA*; Laureen Marinetti, PhD. GC/MS Method Development for the Quantitation of Quetiapine in Various Biological Specimens. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2009, Denver, CO.
    • Ridhima D. Rao, BS*; Dan T. Anderson, MS. Postmortem Analysis of Buprenorphine/Norbuprenorphine From Whole Blood by GC/MS. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2009, Denver, CO.
    • Ann M. Gordon, MA*; Preston J. Wong, BS; Nikolas P. Lemos, PhD. PCP and Drug Impaired Driving in San Francisco, California. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2009, Denver, CO.
    • Nikolas P. Lemos, PhD*; Ann M. Gordon, MA; Preston J. Wong, BS. Driving Under the Influence of Methamphetamine in the City & County of San Francisco, California. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2009, Denver, CO.
    • Ashraf Mozayani, PhD, PharmD; William M. Davis, PhD*; Luis A. Sanchez, MD; Colin C. Anderson, BS, Brake Pad Friction Particles: SEM-EDX Analysis and Comparisons to Gunshot Residue. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting 2009, Denver, CO.
  • View 2008 Publications
    • Smith CP, Gangitano DA, Munoz A, Salas NA, Boone TB, Aoki KR, Francis J, Somogyi GT. Botulinum toxin type A normalizes alterations in urothelial ATP and NO release induced by chronic spinal cord injury. Neurochem Int. 2008 May;52(6):1068-75.
    • R. Salas, A. Main, D. A. Gangitano, H. Soreq, M. De Biasi. Chronic nicotine relieves anxiety-like behavior in transgenic mice carrying the human acetylcholinesterase-R gene. Mol Pharmacol. 2008 Dec;74(6):1641-8.
    • Preston J. Wong, Sarah Kerrigan, Jon J. Smith, Ellen Moffatt, Ann Marie Gordon and Nikolas P. Lemos. Muscle: An Alternative Post-Mortem Specimen for Drug Screening by Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay, Society of Forensic Toxicologists Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, October 2008.
    • Sara Winslett, Jorn C.C. Yu. A Hollow Fiber Assisted Ionic Liquid Surface for Stir Bar Sorptive Extraction. The 64th Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Oct. 1-4, 2008.
    • Rebeca Reyna, Brittany Gonzalez, and Jorn C. C. Yu. Discovery of Molecular Markers for Gunshot Residues by Solid Phase Micro Extraction- Gas Chromatography/Nitrogen Phosphorous Detector (SPME-GC/NPD). The 64th Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Oct. 1-4, 2008.
    • James Spurlin III, Patricia Chapela, Ilona Petrikovics, Jorn Chi Chung Yu. Encapsulation Efficiency of Organophosphorous Hydrolase in Lecithin Liposomes as Determined by Capillary Electrophoresis. The 64th Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Oct. 1-4, 2008.
    • Ayodele Collins, Joseph Monforte, Ying Cheng, Ronald Backer and Sarah Kerrigan. A Stability Study on Ritalinic Acid in Urine, American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Washington DC, February 2008.
    • Shannon Gross and Jorn C.C. Yu. Probing Single Strand DNA Using Bioconjugated Quantum Dots, American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Washington DC, February 2008.
    • Coral Luce, Shawn Montpetit, David Gangitano and Patrick O'Donnell. Validation of the AmpFlSTR® MiniFilerTM PCR Amplification Kit and its Application to Identify Human Remains from a 1992 Helicopter Crashed Analyzed by the San Diego Police Department Crime Laboratory, American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Washington DC, February 2008.
    • Shamah Lloyd, Shannon Gross, Jorn .C.C. Yu Functionalization of Nanocrystals for Latent Fingerprint Development, American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Washington DC, February 2008.
    • Garrett Burleson and Jorn C. C. Yu. Forensic Analysis of Single Gun Powder Particle by SPME-GC/NPD (Solid Phase Micro-Extraction – Gas Chromatography/Nitrogen Phosphorus Detector, 235th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting and Exposition, April 6-10, 2008.
  • View 2007 Publications
    • Laurel Farrell, Sarah Kerrigan and Barry Logan. Recommendations for Toxicological Investigation of Drug Impaired Driving, Journal of Forensic Sciences 52(5), 1-5 (2007).
    • N. Salas, G. T. Somogyi, J. N. Rocha, D. A. Gangitano, T. B. Boone, and C. P. Smith. Receptor activated bladder and spinal ATP release in neurally intact and chronic spinal cord injured rats. Neurochem Int. 2007 Jan;50(2):345-50.
    • R. Salas, A. Main, D. A. Gangitano, M. De Biasi. Decreased withdrawal symptoms but normal tolerance to nicotine in mice null for the alpha 7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subunit. Neuropharmacology. 2007 Dec;53(7):863-9.
    • J.C.C. Yu, E.P.C. Lai, Determination of ochratoxin A in red wines by multiple pulsed elutions from molecularly imprinted polypyrrole, Food Chemistry, (2007) 105, 1: 301-310.
    • W. Yun, Q. Longhui, J.C.C. Yu, E.P.C. Lai, Molecularly Imprinted Solid Phase Extraction in a Syringe Needle packed with Polypyrrole-encapsulated Carbon Nanotubes for Determination of Ochratoxin A in Red Wine, Food Science and Technology International, (2007) 13 (5): 375-380.
    • J.C.C. Yu, A. Hrdina, C. Mancini, E.P.C. Lai, Molecularly Imprinted Polypyrrole Encapsulated Carbon Nanotubes in Stainless Steel Frit for Micro Solid Phase Extraction of Estrogenic Compounds, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, (2007) 7: 3095–3103.
    • J. C.C. Yu, S. Gross. A Novel Capillary Electrophoresis Immunoassay for Ochratoxin Detection Using Molecular Probe of Quantum Dot Bioconjugate, The 63rd Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, November 7, 2007.
    • S. Gross, J. C.C. Yu. Carbodiimide-Mediated Reaction with Self-Assembly Nano-Structured Quantum Dots for Latent Fingerprint Development, The 63rd Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, November 5, 2007.
    • Shamah Lloyd, Shannon Gross, Jorn .C.C. Yu. Latent Fingerprint Development Using Funcational Quantum Dots, The 92nd International Association of Identification Annual Meeting, San Diego, July 24, 2007.
    • Anna Leggett, Sharla McCloskey, Rachael Malfer and Sarah Kerrigan. Driving Behavior and Impairment Symptoms in Cannabinoid Positive Subjects Arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID). American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, February 2007.
    • Sharla McCloskey, Anna Leggett, Rachael Malfer, and Sarah Kerrigan. Driving Under the Influence of Methamphetamine: Comparison of Driving Behavior and Impairment Symptoms in Subjects Arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, February 2007.
    • Rachael Malfer, Anna Leggett, Sharla McCloskey and Sarah Kerrigan. Cocaine Impaired Driving: Evaluation of Toxicology, Driving Behavior and Impairment Symptoms in Arrested Drivers, American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, February 2007.

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