Texas A&M University
Texas A&M AgriLife Research is a state agency who is affiliated with the Texas A&M University System. Specifically, all faculty in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (AGLS) at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas have an appointment in AgriLife Research. In addition to the faculty in the 14 academic departments that make up AGLS, there are 13 Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Centers throughout the State of Texas where AgriLife Research faculty are located. Faculty at the Research and Extension Centers also hold an appointment in an on-campus department in AGLS.
AgriLife Research serves as the umbrella agency for the CARFS supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Justice through Texas A&M University.
A multi-disciplinary forensics team of researchers from within AGLS as well as other scientists from across multiple colleges at Texas A&M University ( College of Engineering, College of Nursing, College of Medicine) forms the forensic science research group. Collaborators from other universities including the University of North Texas Health Science Center and Texas State University are also an integral part of the program.
Undergraduate students are able to pursue their education in the forensic sciences through a FEPAC accredited Forensic & Investigative Sciences Program (B.S.). Graduate degrees (M.S. and Ph.D.) also are offered in a wide array of scientific disciplines affiliated with the forensic science research group.
The core forensic science concept at our site is forensic microbiology. Microbes influence numerous areas to include health, energy and food production, environmental remediation, and forensic science. Our research will investigate the role microbes play in decomposition. We will utilize lab and field-based experiments spanning microbiology, entomology and human biology through the implementation of cutting edge technologies including recently developed high throughput sequencing technologies to learn about the process; harvesting nature and its products to better serve humanity.
Results generated from this site will result in novel methods for solving crime, suppressing pathogens of humans, livestock and companion animals, while also creating new sources of energy, alternate sources of protein and protecting our infrastructure. Collaborations possible through CARFS will allow for multi-disciplinary training of students to address challenges faced today and possibly tomorrow in forensics and beyond.