Broad Research Portfolios

Broad Research Portfolios

Detection, Analysis, and Identification of Biothreat Agents

Develop new techniques and improve existing methods for detection, analysis, and identification of biothreat agents, including pathogens, microbes, spores, viruses, and toxins.

Explosives Detection and Analysis

Evaluate new technology and research methods for advancing characterization, detection, and analysis of explosives and explosives residues.

Field Portable Instrumentation

Evaluate new technology for the detection, collection, and characterization of evidence in the field.

Application of Mass Spectrometry to the Chemical and Biological Sciences

Develop new techniques and improve existing methods for application of mass spectrometry (MS) analysis to the chemical and biological sciences, including techniques in toxicology, analysis of trace volatiles, genotyping via MS, and applications for isotope ratio analysis.

Trace Evidence Analysis 

Advance the methods used for analysis of trace evidence, including microscopic and spectroscopic techniques as well as development and use of specialized databases for characterizing trace evidence. 

Advancement of Imaging, Visualization, and Visual Comparison 

Research new ideas and develop new techniques to advance imaging, visualization, and visual comparison for forensic studies, including specialized applications for microscopy, hyperspectral imaging, spectrochemical analysis, documents analysis, anthropology, and facial approximation. 

Biometric Research 

Research in biometrics to advance analysis of intrinsic physiological human traits for the purpose of identifying groups and uniquely recognizing individuals, including studies with fingerprints, palm prints, DNA, RNA, proteins, human scent, and handwriting. 

Advancing Forensics 

Advancement of forensic science through improved use of statistical analysis, application of automated pattern recognition technology, and studies on examiner decision reliability.