Institute's Partners
  IFRI Planning Board
  IFRI Advisory Board
The collaboration between academic faculty interested in forensic science research and education, practicing forensic scientists in law enforcement agencies, scientists in well-equipped government laboratories and public-oriented corporate sponsors results in a synergistic environment that is mutually beneficial toward the advancement of forensic science. Practicing forensic scientists provide many years of experience and expertise with real world scientific challenges. The academic researchers provide a second arena for scientific validation that enhances the scientific defensibility of results in the courtroom and provide the student assistance to address research needs. Government laboratories provide access to additional state-of-the-art facilities and expertise. Below are examples of IFRI partners.


  • University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
  • University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
  • Miami-Dade College
  • FIU Advanced Mass Spectrometry Facility
  • FIU Southeast Environmental Research Center

Law Enforcement

  • Miami-Dade County Police Department
  • Broward County Sheriff's Office
  • Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner
  • Broward County Medical Examiner's Office
  • Florida Highway Patrol
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement
  • Netherlands National Police


  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Southeast Regional DEA Laboratory
  • National Forensic Science Technology Center
  • Ames Lab
  • United States Department of Agriculture


  • Field Forensics
  • Smiths Detection
  • Perkin Elmer
  • Photon Machines
  • New Wave Research

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IFRI External Advisory Board:

  • Stephanie Stoiloff, Commander, Metro-Dade Police Crime Laboratory Bureau
  • Barry A.J. Fisher, Past President of IAFS & American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • W. Lee Hearn, Director, Dade County Medical Examiner Toxicology Lab
  • William D. Beasley, Laboratory Director, Southeast Regional DEA Laboratory
  • Kevin Lothridge, Deputy Director, National Forensic Science Technology Center
  • Director, Broward County Sheriff's Office Crime Laboratory
  • Harold E. Schueler, Chief Toxicologist, Broward County Medical Examiner Toxicology Lab
  • Michael Wagner, Toxicology Supervisor, BCME

The Advisory Board enhances communication between the Institute, the law enforcement community and other forensic science centers concerning:

    • The need for university courses, training programs and certification programs.
    • The need for research to clarify difficult forensic science or law enforcement problems.
    • Experts available to assist the forensic science and law enforcement community.
    • Opportunities for extramural support for research programs.
    • Opportunities for collaboration between forensic science research groups around the world.


IFRI Strategic Planning Steering Committee:

  • Jose Almirall, Director of IFRI, Associate Professor of Chemistry, FIU
  • Kenneth Furton, Director of IFRI, Dean ofArts and Sciences, Professor of Chemistry, FIU
  • Bruce McCord, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Director Forensic Science Graduate Program, FIU
  • Dee Mills, Lecturer and Director of the DNA Profiling Facility, IFRI, FIU
  • Min Yao, VP and CIO, FIU
  • Kalai Mathee, Professor of Biology and Chair of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine, FIU
  • Stephanie Stoiloff, Bureau Commander, Miami-Dade Police Crime Lab
  • Oliver Spicer, Forensic Chemistry Section Chief, Miami-Dade Police Crime Lab
  • W. Lee Hearn, Lab Director and Chief Toxicologist, Miami-Dade Medical Examiner
  • Facilitator: Clifford Perry, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs & Undergraduate Programs, College of Business Administration, FIU

The Strategic Planning Steering Committee convenes to further clarify the vision and mission of the institute and to assist in establishing goals, priorities, and future directions for growth.

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