Professor of Biology
Director Forensic Science Program
Office: LSA 220
Phone: (910) 672-1650
Ms. Shawnta' Cummings
Office: LSA 220
Phone: (910) 672-2625
Forensic Science Program Links
The Department of Biological Sciences at Fayetteville State University has provided the Forensic Science Program with many modern instruments and facilities that enable the students to gain the knowledge and skills needed in forensic science and the biotechnology. Here is a list of the major instruments.
The 310 Genetic Analyzer is an automated single- capillary genetic analyzer that is designed to perform a range of applications, such as: DNA sequencing, DNA fragment analysis, SNPs Validation and Discovery, linkage mapping, and mutation detection. Forensic science students perform DNA analysis on the Genetic Analyzer to identify DNA sequences and compare them to known DNA samples.
Real Time PCR (qPCR).
PCR is an instrument that is used to amplify a segment of DNA to millions of copies over time. PCR is used to diagnose diseases, identify bacteria and viruses, clone DNA to identify mutations and match criminals to crime scenes.
HPLC is a technique used to separate, identify and quantify components in a mixture of chemical and organic compounds. It is used in forensic science to identify drugs and toxins as a part of criminal investigation.
GC-MS is similar to HPLC but is specific to samples that are gases or liquid vapors. It is used in identifying chemicals, drug detection, environmental analysis, fire investigation, and trace elements.
Forensic Science program has also the following:
The Forensic Science program is equipped with many smart classrooms technologies and fully equipped laboratories.