International Forensic Research Institute

AAFS accredited science-based education for the administration of justice.


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Detector Dog Research at IFRI


What's New:

Frontiers in Forensic Science


Feb. 23, 2009

Jurian Hoogewerff,

Senior Lecturer,
University of East Anglia

Method and Model Development for Forensic Provenancing; Soil, Food and Humans





Welcome To Our Website

The academic programs coordinated by IFRI (Certificate in Forensic Science coupled to a BS in Chemistry and the Master of Science in Forensic Science) are accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Forensic Science Education Programs Accredittation Commission (FEPAC). The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at FIU also offers a PhD program of study in Chemistry with a track in Forensic Science.

The International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) serves local and national law enforcement efforts in the application of scientific principles to the administration of justice. The mission of this self-supporting institute is to conduct original research in forensic science, transfer technologies from other scientific disciplines for use in forensic applications, provide scientific expertise to the law enforcement and legal community and to provide needed continuing education and advanced training to practicing scientists.

The formal partnerships between the institute, law enforcement agencies, government laboratories and corporations results in a unique center for research and training in the forensic sciences. A large number of institute-affiliated FIU faculty conduct research and provide forensic expertise. The Miami-Dade Police Department, the Dade County Medical Examiner's Office, the Broward Sheriff's Office, the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration house local forensic laboratories in South Florida. A combined total of over 200 scientists work in these laboratories conducting evidence examinations and offering expert testimony in state and federal courts.

Contact us: Professor Jose Almirall, IFRI Director - (Almirall Web Site)

Professor Bruce McCord, IFRI Associate Director of Outreach

Professor Dee Mills, Forensic Science Graduate Program Director

Professor Anthony DeCaprio, Certificate of Forensic Science Director

Dean and Professor Kenneth Furton, IFRI Director Emeritus

IFRI Contact

PH (305) 348-6211
Fax (305) 348-3772


Trace Evidence Facility

NIJ Sponsored 2009 Summer Trace Workshops: (Click here to download Trace brochure)

Click below to download registration forms:

May 18th-22nd, 2009: Examination and Comparison of Glass Evidence

May 25th-29th, 2009: Advanced Mass Spectrometry for Forensic Scientists

NIJ Sponsored 2010 Summer DNA Workshops (Click here to download DNA brochure)

May 1st, 2010

August 2-6, 2010: Population Genetics

July 11-16, 2010: Advanced DNA Typing

July 25-30, 2010:  Non-Human DNA Typing