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Center for Advanced Research in Forensic Science

The goals of the IUCRC Center for Advanced Research in Forensic Science (CARFS) are to bring together industrial partners, including the end-user community, with academic forensic science researchers with an aim to develop, implement and commercialize tools that benefit the national forensic science research enterprise.


CARFS tackles emerging forensic science problems. We bring forensic science leaders in state-of-the-art laboratories and industrial partners together to develop collaborative solutions.

Research-Driven Forensic Science Solutions

The groundbreaking nature of the center promotes innovation in: product development, techniques, strategies and methodologies for application by stakeholders in the community. To solve the most complex problems facing forensic science today, the center unites forensic science thought leaders who conduct multi-disciplinary research in state-of-the-art laboratories, facilities and institutes with expertise in several forensic disciplines.


Dr. Kenneth Furton

Center Director/Site Director—Dr. Kenneth G. Furton
Executive Director, Global Forensic and Justice Center
FIU Chief Scientific Officer and Provost Emeritus

Phone: 305-348-0022

 Dr Aaron M Tarone

Center Associate Director/Site Director—Dr. Aaron M. Tarone
Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University

Phone: 979-862-1311

Sarah Kerrigan

Site Director—Dr. Sarah Kerrigan
Institute for Forensic Research, Training, and Innovation (IFRTI)
Professor of Forensic Science, Sam Houston State University

Phone: 713-817-2229


Gerry LaPorte

Liaison—Gerry LaPorte
Director of Research Innovation, Global Forensic and Justice Center, FIU

Phone: 703-209-2744

Tracy Goetz

Contracts & Grants—Tracy Goetz
Director of Administrative Services, Global Forensic and Justice Center, FIU

Phone:727-395-2511 x109