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CURRENT MEMBERS

PhD candidate

MSc

Undergraduate 

Amanda Orr
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 soft materials that contain DNA. Amanda is the recipient of the NSERC CGS-D Scholarship (current), Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2019), Lausanne Summer School of Forensic Science Criminology (2019) and the Canadian Society of Forensic Science's Education Award (2019).

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Colin Elliott
Colin Elliott

Colin is a MSc candidate in the Applied Biosciences graduate program. He was previously our lab’s summer USRA researcher. Colin's undergraduate degree (Trent U) and USRA focuses on RNA degradation in bloodstains and his MSc will focus on multivariate approaches to age degrading bloodstains. Colin is a 2x NSERC USRA recipient and was awarded a NSERC CGS-M for his MSc research project!

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Kagalalelo Rampete
Kagalalelo Rampete

Lelo completed her BSc in forensic chemistry at Ontario Tech University. She joined our lab in 2021, where her honours thesis was focussed on effects of temperature on the solid state UV-Vis profile of degrading bloodstains. In her MSc project, starting in Sept 2022, Lelo will build chemically reactive alginate-based forensic blood substitutes. Lelo is a member of the Ontario Tech Working for Inclusivity in Chemistry Group.

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Erin Giroux
Erin Giroux

Erin completed her BScFS at Trent University and is entering the Applied Bioscience Graduate Program as a MSc candidate in September 2022. In her MSc project, Erin will focus on characterizing the chemical changes observed in degrading bloodstains for the estimation of time since deposition. Erin was awarded a NSERC CGS-M for her MSc research project. Her Twitter handle is: https://twitter.com/erin_giroux and LinkedIn below.

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Daisee Lubrin
Daisee Lubrin

Daisee is an undergraduate student who just completed the 3rd year of a degree in Forensic Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She is excited about conducting an OTU STAR (NSERC USRA equivalent) award this summer in the lab. Daisee is interested in all things biological fluids and hopes to work with DNA, biological fluids or the forensic aspect of microbiology once graduated.

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Lab Assistant

PAST MEMBERS

Graduate Students

Mitchell Tiessen
Mitchell Tiessen

Mitchell Tiessen completed his MSc in 2021 in Applied Biosciences. He used electrochemical methods to characterize degrading bloodstains. Mitch won the W.R. Smith MSc Thesis Award, ECS Poster Award, CSFS Educational Award and an Ontario Graduate Scholarship for his research (2021). Mitchell previously held an NSERC-USRA for his co-supervised undergraduate thesis (with Dr. Naomi Stock) and won 1st place for his poster at the CSFS training conference on this research.

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Sumiko Polacco
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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Undergraduate USRA and Thesis Students 

Brayden Vale
Brayden Vale

Brayden Vale completed his BSc in forensic chemistry at Ontario Tech University. Brayden joined our lab in 2021 as an Undergraduate Student Research Fellow, and completed his honours thesis project this year. Brayden characterized the surface profile of degrading bloodstains using optical profilometery. Brayden is currently the Canadian Society of Forensic Science’s Social Media Coordinator and was the past president of the FSSA. He is starting his MSc in Trent's MICA program.

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Julia Harvey
Julia Harvey

Julia completed her BSc in forensic physics at Ontario Tech University. Her honours thesis project on the efficacy of portable 3D laser scanners to document impression evidence. This project was in collaboration with Eugene Liscio (Ai2-3D) and Amanda Lowe (OPP). Julia previously worked for the CFS as a summer research student where she completed the validation study for use of Quantofix Nitrite sheets in the Modified Griess Test, and will be working as a 2022 summer student again.

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Maryam Refaat Fakhori
Maryam Refaat Fakhori

Maryam completed her BSc thesis on VOC identification of degrading bloodstains. Maryam was previously our laboratory tech under the Work Study program at Ontario Tech U. She is off to Laurentian University as she embarks on a Masters in Forensic Science!

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Jesse Plante
Jesse Plante

Jesse is completed his NSERC-USRA in August 2020. He analyzed some "cold case" data for us and further explore how bloodstains form on snow and ice. Currently, he is finishing his BSc in Forensic Science at Ontario Tech University.

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Kristen Yeh
Kristen Yeh

Kristen Yeh is completed her thesis 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 3x recipient of the NSERC-USRA. She is now pursuing her PhD in chemistry at the University of Toronto.

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Marie-Laurence Cossette
Marie-Laurence Cossette

Marie-Laurence completed her honours thesis project 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 two NSERC-USRA award. Marie is now pursuing her PhD at Trent University with Dr. Shafer.

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Priya Kundan
Priya Kundan

Priya completed her forensic science degree at Ontario Tech University. Her thesis investigated how bloodstains form on ice. She is now at Durham College completing a program in paralegal studies.

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Rebecca Gualdieri
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.

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Tamara Newell-Bell
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 , completed her MSc in Forensic Science (Trent U) and is now a Scenes of Crimes Specialist at Peel Regional Police.

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Craig Choquette
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 laboratory analyst at Bureau Veritas (Maxaam Analytics).

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Lab Assistant

MSc

Dhrumik Patel
Dhrumik Patel

Dhrumik was our laboratory assistant from Jan - April 2022 funded through the University Works Program. He is in his third year of the Forensic Science program. After graduation, he wants to pursue forensic pathology and become a coroner. Since he is specializing in chemistry, he is building on his analytical and material science skills for further research.

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Laurianne Lagacé
Laurianne Lagacé

Laurianne is a first-year forensic science student at Ontario Tech coming from Calgary. Laurianne was our laboratory assistant funded by the University Works program Sept - Dec 2021. Laurianne has previously worked in a microbiology lab at the University of Calgary. She aspires to one day become a medical examiner and in the meantime hopes to become an integral addition to the lab.

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LIFETIME MEMBERS

Social Committee 

Tiki
Tiki

Tiki the Frenchton keeps the lab ready for adventure. She is a great listener and has an endless supply of love and support for all members.

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