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Theresa Stotesbury
Theresa is an assistant professor at Ontario Tech University. In 2017, obtained her PhD from Trent University in Materials Science, where she developed a blood substitute that forensic agencies around the world are now incorporating into their research and training practices. Dr. Stotesbury regularly collaborates with the police, is an Associate Board Member of Trent University’s Water Quality Centre, and has held a previous appointment of Research Scientist at the Ontario Provincial Police.
Amanda Orr
Amanda Orr is a PhD candidate in Trent University's Environmental and Life Science graduate program. This project is co-supervised with Dr. Paul Wilson (Trent). She is developing functional DNA-containing hybrid sol-gel materials.

Amanda is the recipient of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Lausanne Summer School of Forensic Science Criminology and the Canadian Society of Forensic Science's Education Award
Mitchell Tiessen
Mitchell Tiessen is a MSc candidate in Ontario Tech's Applied Biosciences graduate program. He will be profiling the local chemical environment of bloodstains formed in climate controlled conditions.

Mitchell previously won an NSERC USRA and the Forensic Science student achievement award during his undergraduate degree. His honours thesis was co-supervised with Dr. Naomi Stock (Trent WQC) and characterized the VOCs released from spray paints.
Priya Kundan
Priya is an honours thesis student at Ontario Tech University. She will be investigating how bloodstains form in cold conditions.
Kristen Yeh
Kristen Yeh is an honours thesis student at Trent University using MALDI imaging to understand the chemical composition of modified and bloodied fingerprints. This research is in collaboration with Dr. Naomi Stock (Trent WQC) and Dr. Wesley Burr (Trent).

Kristen is a 2x recipient of the NSERC-USRA.
Marie-Laurence Cossette
Marie-Laurence is an honours thesis student at Trent University developing more robust models to determine the time since deposition of a bloodstain. This project is in collaboration with Dr. Aaron Shafer (Trent).

Marie-Laurence is the recipient of the NSERC-USRA award.
Maryam Refaat fakhori
Maryam is our laboratory assistant this year supported by the University Works Program. She will be keeping us organized and learning tricks of the trade!
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Rebecca Gualdieri
Rebecca completed her BScFS at Trent University in 2019. She completed her thesis with me, entitled, "The optimization of bovine blood for research use in forensic bloodstain pattern analysis".

Rebecca is now a chemist at the Canadian Border Services Agency.
Tamara Newell-Bell
Tamara completed her BScFS at Trent University in 2019. She was co-supervised by myself and Dr. Aaron Shafer (Trent) on her thesis, "Determining time since deposition of passive drip stains using spectroscopy".

Tamara has previously won an NSERC-USRA and is now pursuing her Masters in Forensic Science at Trent University
Craig Choquette
Craig completed his BSc in Chemistry at Trent University in 2019. His project was co-supervised with Dr. Naomi Stock (Trent WQC) and used LC-MS to develop a chemical database of spray paints.

Craig is currently a technician at Bureau Veritas (Maxaam Analytics).
Sumiko Polacco
Sumiko completed her MSc in Environmental and Life Science in 2018. She was supervised by Dr. Paul Wilson. She worked closely with my research on developing a luminol-reactive forensic blood substitute.

Sumiko represented Trent University at the Provincial Three Minute Thesis Competition in 2018.

Sumiko is currently a contract instructor and teaching assistant at Trent University.
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