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Our academic sites are located at Florida International University (FIU) and the University of South Alabama (USA). Within USA, the affiliate site includes Texas A&M University (TAMU), where research spans the field of forensic digital security (USA) and forensic microbiology (TAMU).


Director — Dr. Jose Almirall 

Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Director, Trace Evidence Analysis Facility
Emeritus Director, International Institute for Forensic Research (IFRI)

Associate Director — Dr. Adam B. Hall

Florida International University logo Florida International University 

The International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) at Florida International University (FIU) has been a leader in forensic science research since its founding in 1997. More than 10 active faculty researchers in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Department of Biological Sciences participate in IFRI and are engaged in 19 active research projects. The IFRI faculty and students published 34 peer-reviewed papers and presented more than 100 oral and poster presentations in 2014. Two patents were awarded in 2014 and several other new provisional patent applications continue to grow the IP portfolio. The IFRI coordinates FEPAC-accredited academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate level and houses one of the largest Ph.D. programs in Forensic Chemistry and in Forensic Biology in the U.S.A. with almost 50 Ph.D. students. The goals of the new NSF-I/UCRC research site are to bring together industrial partners (including the end-user community) and academic researchers with an aim to develop, implement and commercialize new tools that benefit the national forensic science enterprise. The new NSF-I/UCRC will leverage the existing research portfolio at FIU (~ $5 million dollars in active funding) and state-of-the-art research laboratory facilities in toxicology, material sciences, and forensic DNA analysis.

Research Faculty

University of South Alabama logoUniversity of South Alabama

The University of South Alabama (USA) site for the Center for Advanced Research in Forensic Science focuses on  Digital Forensics Information Intelligence (DFII). Broadly defined, DFII is the development, testing, and implementation of novel approaches to understanding not only how devices, information systems, and software can be compromised, but also how one can reliably determine how those compromises occurred. We strive to enhance the body of knowledge in digital forensic science through core long-term research thrusts in malicious software analysis, technology evaluation, and detection and exploitation. Eleven faculty members at the  School of Computing are working in areas relevant to the Site, primarily in cybersecurity and digital forensics. Shelby Hall, home to the School, is a 165,000 ft 2 state-of-the-art research and teaching facility dedicated to computing and engineering. Located on the central Gulf Coast, USA is a growing research institution of over 16,000 students in a region experiencing robust economic development. The area has one of the highest growth, highest employment, and most diverse economies in the South featuring key industry sectors in shipping, shipbuilding, chemical, aerospace, energy, and tourism.

Research Faculty

Texas A&M AgriLife Research logoTexas 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.

Research Faculty