A professor of forensic medicine named editor of a prestigious academic journal

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Brooke Kammrath, Ph.D., D-ABC, is thrilled to serve as associate editor of the Journal of Forensic Sciences – and to continue to have a significant impact on forensic science research.

March 29, 2022

By Renee Chmiel, Office of Marketing and Communications

Brooke Kammrath, Ph.D., D-ABC. (photo by Lindsey Weinger)

Brooke Kammrath, Ph.D., D-ABC, is passionate about forensic research – whether she conducts her own explorations or mentors the explorations of her students. She is now impacting the research of her colleagues in the field as the new Associate Editor for the Journal of Forensic Science (JFS).

A prestigious peer-reviewed journal, JFS is the official publication of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Dr. Kammrath strives to contribute to the advancement of publication by ensuring that it continues to maintain manuscripts of the highest quality. She also plans to increase her presence on social media, which she sees as an important resource for sharing information.

“I was incredibly honored to be asked to take on the role of Deputy Editor, as it demonstrates the respect I have earned in the field of forensic science,” said Dr Kammrath, Professor of Forensic Sciences at the University and Deputy Director. from Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Sciences. “JFS is one of the most respected journals in the field of forensic science, and it is very exciting to play such an important role in the peer review process. Peer review is an essential part of research because it ensures the integrity of advanced knowledge.

Peer review and the research process are areas Dr. Kammrath is familiar with. She describes her own research program as “diverse” and she is currently involved in a dozen different projects at various stages. His interests include the union of microscopy with spectroscopy and the statistical analysis of trace, pattern and fingerprint evidence.

“What I love most about forensic science is that it uses a wide range of scientific principles, methods and technologies to solve unique problems,” she explains. “Every crime scene is different, as is every trace of physical evidence. I enjoy the critical thinking and scientific problem solving required to be a quality criminal lawyer.

“Opened many doors”

Currently researching a variety of different topics, including illicit drug mixtures, forensic paint analysis, and DNA degradation of bloodstains due to Raman spectroscopy, the work of Dr. Kammrath includes several of his University colleagues, including Angie Ambers, Ph.D., David San Pietro, Ph.D., Virginia Maxwell, D.Phil., and Koby Kizzire, Ph.D.

Brooke Kammrath, Ph.D., D-ABC, with a portable GC-MS.
Brooke Kammrath, Ph.D., D-ABC, with a portable GC-MS.

Dr. Kammrath also collaborates with forensic technology companies, as well as with researchers from other prestigious universities such as John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is currently performing soil forensic analysis with particle-correlated Raman spectroscopy, the research being supported by a grant of approximately $700,000 from the National Institute of Justice.

A leader in the field of forensic science, Dr. Kammrath is also involved in a myriad of professional forensic science and chemical societies, including the Northeastern Association of Medical Examinersthe American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the Applied Spectroscopy Society.

“I know that my research collaborations, my involvement in professional forensic science and chemistry societies, and my global networking have opened many doors for my science students,” she said. “It helps them get internships, funded research positions in PhD programs, and land their first job.”

“The best part of my job is mentoring science students”

His many collaborations have allowed Dr. Kammrath to create a variety of exciting and hands-on opportunities for his students. They work with state-of-the-art technology, which in many cases has been made possible by his professional affiliations as well as federal grants.

Students are also an essential part of Dr. Kammrath’s research, as all of his research includes student scientists. They presented their findings at conferences, including the annual meeting of the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists during the fall semester. One of his students, Cody Silverman ’22, was recognized at the conference and was awarded two Professional Research Fellowships to continue his work.

For Dr. Kammrath, it is the opportunities she has to mentor her students and create opportunities for them to excel and grow as scientists that she values ​​most in her work.

“I have a fairly well-defined research program that provides my students with the opportunity to work on a range of physical evidence traces, including soil, paint, fibers, illicit drugs, explosives, etc.” , she said. “The best part of my job is mentoring student scientists. The amazing undergraduate and graduate science students I work with make every day different, exciting and fulfilling.

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