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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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Mitchell Tiessen
Mitchell Tiessen

Mitchell Tiessen is a MSc candidate in Ontario Tech's Applied Biosciences graduate program. He is profiling the local chemical environment of degrading bloodstains. Mitch won the CSFS Educational Award for his project and an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (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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Colin Elliot
Colin Elliot

Colin is our summer USRA researcher and then will be joining the APBS program for his MSc. Colin's undergraduate degree (Trent U) and USRA focuses on RNA degradation in bloodstains and his MSc will focus on rheological profiling of DNA/RNA extracts these samples. Colin is a 2x NSERC USRA recipient and was awarded a NSERC CGS-M for his MSc research project!

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Brayden Vale
Brayden Vale

Brayden Vale is a 4th year undergraduate student studying forensic chemistry at Ontario Tech University. Brayden is joining our lab on an Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship for the summer (2021) and into this honours thesis project starting in September. Brayden will be characterizing the surface profile of degrading bloodstains. Brayden is currently the Canadian Society of Forensic Science’s Social Media Coordinator and was the past president of the Forensic Science Student Association.

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Kgalalelo (Lelo) Rampete
Kgalalelo (Lelo) Rampete

Lelo an international student from Botswana, completing her undergraduate degree in Forensic Science (Chemistry) at Ontario Tech University. Lelo's research thesis will focus on effects of temperature and dilution on the fluorescence profile of blood.

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Julia Harvey
Julia Harvey

Julia is a 4th year undergraduate student studying forensic physics at Ontario Tech University. Her honours thesis project on the efficacy of portable 3D laser scanners to document impression evidence. This project is in collaboration with 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.

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Lab Assistant

PAST MEMBERS

Graduate Students

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 

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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LIFETIME MEMBERS

Laurianne Lagacé
Laurianne Lagacé

Laurianne is a first-year forensic science student at Ontario Tech coming from Calgary. Laurianne is our laboratory assistant funded by the Unviersity Works program. 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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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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