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Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC)

School of Adult and Graduate Education
Blaney Hall 105

Lawrence A. Quarino, Ph.D.
Director/Professor, Forensic Science
610-437-4471 ext. 3567

Student Research Publications

Claassen, B., Redman, E., Schwartz, T., Brettell, T., and Quarino, L., “Determining the Minimal Weight of Soil Samples for Forensic Geologic Analysis”, Journal of American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners, Vol. 12, 2022

Redman, E., Rech, C., Sandone, I., Echternach, V., and Quarino, L., “An Objective and Statistical Approach to Microscopic Human Head Hair Comparison: A Laboratory Exercise for Forensic Science Undergraduate and Graduate Students” Journal of Forensic Science Education, Vol. 4, 2022

Conte, J., Ruddy, A., Domonoski, L., Shanahan, A., Dailey, N., McDevitt, C., and Roca, G., “Recovery of DNA From SERETC® Immunochromatographic PSA and Saliva Test Strips”, Journal of Forensic Science, Vol. 67, 2022

Rose A.R., Staretz M.E., Joshi M., and Wood, M., “Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry of Eight Aminoindanes: 2-Aminoindane, N-Methyl-2-, 5-Methoxy-, 5-Methoxy-6-Methyl-, 4,5-Methylenedioxy-, 5,6-Methylenedioxy- and 5-Iodo-2-Aminoindane, and Rasagiline”, Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, Vol. 34, 2021.

Wiliams, L., Mills, M., Ritter, C., and Quarino, L. “The Potential Use of Principal Component Analysis and Mahalanobis Distance in Handwriting Comparison”, Problems of Forensic Science, Volume 124, 2020.

Lambert, C.M., Clark, B., Schwartz, T., Brettell, T. and Quarino L., “Evaluation of the Evidentiary Value of Cable Ties”,  Journal of the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners, Volume 10, Issue 1, 2020.

Berger, J.A., Staretz, M.A., Wood M. and Brettell T.A., “Ultraviolet Absorption Properties of Synthetic Cathinones”, Forensic Chemistry, Volume 21, 2020.

Melbourn, H., Brettell, T.A., Maldonado, H. and  Staretz, M.E., “Development of a Raman Microspectrophotometric  Method to Quantitate Carboxyhemoglobin in Blood”, Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, Volume 51, Issue 11, 2020.

Rogers, M., Lal-Paterson, A., Kishbaugh, J. and Quarino L., “Use of RGB Values in the Periodic Acid-Schiff Color Test to Determine the Presence of Vaginal Fluid”, Science and Justice, Volume 60, Issue 5, 2020.

Liu, Y., Brettell, T.A., Victoria, J., Wood, M.R. and  Staretz, M.E., “High Performance Thin-Layer Chromatography (HPTLC) Analysis of Cannabinoids in Cannabis Extracts”, Forensic Chemistry, Volume 19, 2020.

Liu, Y., Victoria, J., Wood, M., Staretz, M.E. and Brettell, T.A., “High Performance Thin-Layer Chromatography (HPTLC) Data of Cannabinoids in Ten Mobile Phase Systems”, Data in Brief,  Volume 274, 2020.

Quinn, M., Brettell, T., Joshi, M., Bonetti, J. and Quarino, L., “Identifying PCP and Four PCP Analogs Using the Gold Chloride Microcrystalline Test Followed by Raman Microspectroscopy and Chemometrics”, Forensic Science International, Vol. 307, 2020.

Grant, C.M., Brettell, T,A,, Land, S.D., Startez, M.E., Fritch, D. and  Keonig, N. “Understanding the Method and Results from the Analysis of Fentanyl in Postmortem Blood Using Biocompatible Solid-Phase Microextraction”, Journal of Forensic Toxicology and Pharmacology Volume 8, Number 1, 2019.

Grant, C., Brettell, T., Land, S., and Staretz, M., Investigation into the Analysis of Fentanyl in Postmortem Blood Using Biocompatible Solid-Phase Microextraction, Journal of Forensic Toxicology and Pharmacology, Volume 8, Number 1, 2019.

Evans, A., Kim, C., Laraia, N., Lutz, Z., Osborne, A., Parchuke, E., Williams, L., Zook, A., Quarino, L., Toward a More Effective Use and Understanding of Forensic Evidence in Courts of Law: Developing Strategies for the Scientific Education of Legal Practitioners, Widener Law Review, Volume 25, Issue 1, 2019.

Melbourn, H., Smith, G., McFarland, J., Rogers, M., Wieland, K., DeWilde, D., Lighthart, S., Quinn, M., Baxter, A., and Quarino, L., Mandatory Certification of Forensic Science Practitioners in the United States: A Supportive Perspective, Forensic Science International Synergy, 2019,

Mills, M., Bonetti, J., Brettell, T., and Quarino, L., Differentiation of Human Hair by Colour and Diameter Using Light Microscopy, Digital Imaging and Statistical Analysis, Journal of Microscopy, Vol. 270, No. 1, 2018.

Murray, A., Grant, C., Beyer, M., Wilz, A., Williamson, E., Maier, J., Kesserling, L., Wojtas, K., Gibbs, J., Karakkat, K., and Quarino, L., “Familial DNA Testing: Current Practices and Recommendations for Implementation”, Investigative Sciences Journal, Vol. 9, No. 4, 2017.

Fachet C., Quarino, L., and Karnas, K., “High Resolution Melt Curve Analysis Based on Methylation Status for Human Semen Identification”, Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2017.

Karakkat K., Schwartz, T., and Quarino, L., “Cobalt Chloride as an Enhancement Reagent for Two-Dimensional Footwear Impressions Containing Ice Melt Product Residue”, Journal of Forensic Identification, Vol. 66, No. 3, 2016.

Myers E., Pritchett T., and Brettell T., “Determination of Preservatives in Cosmetics and Personal Care Products by LC-MS/MS”, LCGC North America, April 2015.

Sween K., Quarino, L., and Kishbaugh, J., “"Detection of Male DNA in the Vaginal Cavity Following Digital Penetration Using Y-Chromosome Short Tandem Repeats" Journal of Forensic Nursing, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2015.

Anasti, J. N. and Brettell, T. A. , “Defining Hydrophilic Interaction Liquid Chromatography”, Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry, 1–9.

Bonetti, J. and Quarino, L., “Comparative Forensic Soil Analysis of New Jersey State Parks Using a Combination of Simple Techniques with Multivariate Statistics”, Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 59, No. 3, 2014.

Schmidt, M. and Quarino, L., “A Novel Method for the Detection of Cocaine in Hair using a Freeze/Thaw Method and GC/MS Analysis”, Romanian Journal of Legal Medicine, Vol. 20, No. 4, 2012.

Dawes, M. and Brettell, T. “Analysis of Goldenseal, Hydrastis canadesis L., and Related Alkaloids in Urine using HPLC with UV Detection”, Journal of Chromatography B, Vol. 880, 2012.

Kishbaugh, J. and Quarino, L., “The utility of Y-STR profiling in 4, 6, and 8 day postcoital vaginal swabs", Medicine, Science, and the Law, Vol. 52, No. 2, 2012.

Mulligan, C., Kaufman, S., and B “The Utility of Polyester and Cotton as Swabbing Substrates for the Removal of Cellular Material from Surfaces”, Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 56, No. 2, 2011.

Deitz, N. and Quarino, L., “Differentiation of Blue Gel Inks Using Adobe Photoshop”, Journal of Forensic Identification, Vol. 60, No. 3, 2010.

Zellner, M. and Quarino, L. “Differentiation of Twenty-One Glitter Lip Glosses by Pyrolysis-Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy”, Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 54, No. 5, 2009.

Deitz, N., and Quarino, L., “Microscopic Methods of Differentiation of Thirty-Six Blue Gel Inks”, The Microscope, Vol. 55, Number 2, 2007.