Institute for

Forensic Science

Mission Statement

The Institute for Forensic Science at Texas Tech University is committed to conducting research in interdisciplinary forensic science and dissemination of results. This unique multidisciplinary program provides outstanding education, research, and professional training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at TTU, as well as local and regional law enforcement. The Institute is a comprehensive teaching, training, and research entity in all aspects of forensic science. The Institute is committed to providing quality contributions to the university, profession, and community. Through the sharing of ideas and methodologies, the institute is committed to supporting local law enforcement and criminal justice agencies to promote prosocial values and contribute to safer communities.

Director, Institute for Forensic Sciences

Dr. Jan Halámek

 

Dr. Halámek completed both his Bachelor’s and Masters of Science at Masaryk University in Brno, Czechia where he also received his PhD in Biochemistry in 2003. He went on to work as a postdoctoral fellow at Potsdam University in Germany, where he earned the Marie Curie Individual Fellowship. In 2006, he joined the Department of Biophysical Engineering at Twente University in The Netherlands for a second postdoctoral fellowship. In 2008, he traveled to the United States to join the Department of Chemistry at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY as a Research Associate. Three years later, he became a Research Assistant Professor. He, then, became an Associate Professor of Chemistry at University at Albany, SUNY. Finally, Dr. Halámek arrived at Texas Tech University in August 2020 in his current position.

 

A stronghold if the forensic science community, Dr. Halámek currently consults with several scientific journals. He currently serves as a reviewer for Analytical Chemistry, Langmuir, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Forensic Science, Analytica Chimica Acta, Biosensors & Bioelectronics, IEEE Sensors, Microfluidics & Nanofluidics, and Engineering in Life Sciences. He also sits on the editorial panel of the National Science Foundation (Nanobiosensing Program).

 

BIO:

In both his teaching and his research, Dr. Halámek focuses on the development of non-traditional sensing concepts for forensic, biometric and security applications. The ultimate objective of his work is to evaluate and characterize various metabolite panels (including analytes from illicit drugs to endogenous compounds) in human body fluids. Additional supporting experiments involve development of novel concepts for detection of illicit drugs, harmful pesticides and, warfare agents on surfaces or in solution.

 

Dr. Halámek received his Ph.D. from the Masaryk University in Brno, Czechia in 2003 under the direction of Petr Skladal. He, then, received Marie Curie Individual Fellowship and traveled to Potsdam University in Germany to conduct postdoctoral research in pesticide toxicology and sensing under Frieder W. Scheller. In 2008, he came to the United States, where he became a postdoctoral fellow under the direction of Evgeny Katz at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. He became an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University at Albany, SUNY. He held this position until his arrival at Texas Tech University in August 2020.

 

A stronghold if the forensic science community, Dr. Halámek currently consults with several scientific journals. He currently serves as a reviewer for Analytical Chemistry, Langmuir, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Forensic Science, Analytica Chimica Acta, Biosensors & Bioelectronics, IEEE Sensors, Microfluidics & Nanofluidics, and Engineering in Life Sciences. He also sits on the editorial panel of the National Science Foundation (Nanobiosensing Program).

 

Dr. Halámek is well known in the forensic science community. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers, having an h–index of 33 (Web of Science, 2020/08). His work has been cited over 3000 times (excluding self-citations).

 

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Box 41163, Lubbock, TX 79409-1163

 

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Recent Forensic Science News

2 Forensic Lab students presented and Won at the 2021 Virtual Poster Competition hosted by the Graduate School.

They students won first and third place under the category of SCIENCES as follows:

 

1st place – Samuel Seay

Title of poster: “Flatland Forensics: Analyzing Insect Succession on Decomposing Remains in a High Plains Agricultural Environment”

 

3rd place- Kirsten Nettles

Title of poster: “Development of Odor Profiling Methods for the Detection of Contraband Firearms”

 

CrimeSceneInvestigatorEDU.org Names the Texas Tech University MS in Forensic Science Among the Most Affordable Forensics Master’s Programs of 2020-21

 

 

In a field that relies on professionals with exceptional lab skills and a dedication to uncovering useful information from evidence collected at crime scenes, a master’s degree can impart a unique level of skill and expertise.

 

Similarly, CrimeSceneInvestigatorEDU.org can be relied on to bring that same kind of dedication to providing forensic investigators and laboratory scientists with the resources they need for career preparation and advancement. That’s why we wanted to make it easier to find the most affordable, high-quality master’s programs available in the field.

 

We took on the task of reviewing the tuition rates of every single forensic science master’s program available at accredited institutions across the U.S. When we came to the Texas Tech University Department of Environmental Toxicology, we knew right away we were looking at a winner.

 

With a tuition rate that comes in nearly $2,400 below the state average for similar programs, the Texas Tech University MS in Forensic Science easily earns its place on our list of the Most Affordable Master’s Degrees in Forensic Science for 2020-21!

 

The Department of Environmental Toxicology (ENTX) is the academic home for the core faculty of The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) and the Institute for Forensic Science (IFS) at Texas Tech University. TIEHH and IFS provide faculty and graduate students opportunities for multidisciplinary research and scholarly engagement related to environmental, forensic and human health sciences.

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