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CARFS is funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Justice to facilitate discovery in forensic science as an Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (NSF-IUCRC). More than 40 researchers from our partner universities collaborate with  industrial partners to solve problems at the forefront of forensic science and promote innovation and commercialization of the technologies they develop.

Our partner institutions are Florida International University (FIU), Texas A&M University (TAMU), Sam Houston State University, and Boston University (BU).


Leadership Team

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