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Forensic Science (MSFS) Faculty and Staff

The Master of Science in Forensic Science program faculty consists of full-time and part-time professors trained in various fields of forensic science and medicine. This includes DNA analysis, forensic law, pattern evidence, forensic medicine, medical toxicology, chemistry, biology, anthropology, homicide and medico-legal death investigation.

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Kishore Bagga, PhD

Associate Professor; Chemistry and Graduate Seminar
Department: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies
Research Interests: mentoring; investigating the presence of potential pesticides in a variety of tropical fruits


Douglas Baird, PhD

Douglas Baird, PhD

Associate Professor & Director of Curricular Innovation and Student Success
Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
Research Interests: medical education in microanatomy and cell biology; active and remote learning; community-based learning; axon growth and guidance


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Samantha Cox, PhD

Anthropology and Osteology
Penn Museum
Research Interests: bio-anthropology of ancient human bones


Safia Dias, MLS

Safia Dias, MLS

Academic Administrator, Forensic Science and ICO Programs
Department: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies


K. Chava M. Hurley, PhD

K. Chava M. Hurley, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department: Otolaryngology
Research Interests: using auditory and vestibular hair cells as models of information processing in the nervous system


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Ja’Neisha Hutley, MS

Forensic DNA Specialist
Philadelphia Forensic Science Lab
Research Interests: serology and dna applications in forensic science


Monika Jost, PhD

Monika Jost, PhD

Associate Professor; Director, Pre-medical and Pre-health Programs; Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Department: Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Research Interests: molecular biology and biochemistry


Christopher Miller, Esq.

Christopher Miller, Esq.

Assistant District Attorney
Lancaster County, Pa.


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Lisa Mundy, MS

Toxicologist
Philadelphia Medical Examiner Office


Indira Purushothaman, PhD Candidate

Indira Purushothaman, PhD Candidate

Anatomist–Human Structure
The Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, Pa.


Ralph Riviello, MD*, MS

Ralph Riviello, MD*, MS

Professor and Chair
Department: Emergency Medicine, UT Health San Antonio
Research Interests: emergency forensic science, Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center Founder


Tina Morgan Ross, PhD

Tina Morgan Ross, PhD

Director, Forensic Science Program; Medicinal Chemistry and Forensic Technology
Department: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies
Research Interests: utilizing nociceptin (NOP) research as a tool for educating forensic students, senescence and its implications in cell death, assessment of trauma to bone, improving technology for assessing hazards for first responders, and creating a pathway for more precise DNA testing


Edward Schikel, MS

Edward Schikel, MBA, CSA

Crime Scene Investigator, Forensic Detective
Montgomery County, Pa.


David Vearrier, MD

David Vearrier, MD*, MPH, FACMT, FAACT, FAAEM

Professor of Emergency Medicine, Medical Toxicologist
University of Mississippi Medical Center, Adjunct Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Department: Emergency Medicine
Research Interests: Adverse health effects associated with low-level environmental exposures utilizing large-scale population-based databases. These include the effects of low-level uranium and phthalates and human health effects.


Khalil Wardak, MD*, ME

Khalil Wardak, MD*, ME

Associate Medical Examiner
Philadelphia Medical Examiner Office
Research Interests: fetal, infant mortality and drowning prevention; hypoxanthine phosphoribosyl transferase (HPRT1) gene with possible associated risk of suicide, Lesch-Nyhan disease


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Amanda White, PhD

Anatomist; Anatomy Lab; Human Structure
Cooper Medical Center of Rowan University


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Samuel Yim

Assistant Chief Counsel
Office of Principal Legal Advisor, Homeland Security


* Physician's practice is independent of Drexel Medicine and Drexel University.

Scientist performing criminal science lab research.