• Forensic Science Initiative at ASU West campus

    Forensic Science Initiative

Forensic Science Initiative at ASU

Forensic Science Initiative at ASU

User-inspired human centered forensic science research

FSI Mission:

To advance and promote the practice of the forensic sciences through our innovative research initiatives, collaborations, public-private partnerships, industry alliances, and global educational outreach.

This mission is accomplished by:

  • Promoting the conduct of world-class research by faculty and students
  • Facilitating cross-disciplinary educational and research collaborations
  • Providing access to state of the art facilities for research and training
  • Partnering with other public agencies, as well as private and not-for-profit organizations, to enhance the scientific rigor of commonly utilized practices and techniques
  • Building local and global industry partnerships that foster the creation of novel and  innovative tools for increasing accuracy and efficiency in the forensic sciences
  • Creating opportunities for the general public to engage with forensic science and to correct misperceptions created by the media and entertainment industries
  • Providing professional training and continuing education to practicing forensic scientists, law enforcement and the legal community
  • Participating in the education and training next generation forensic scientists through ASU’s Forensic Science degree programs


This is only a partial list, please contact us directly and we will put you in touch with the appropriate research specialist.

Arson and explosive residue analysis DNA & molecular biology
Cyber forensics Drug analysis
Environmental forensics Fingerprint development and aging
Forensic anthropology Forensic facial approximation
Forensic toxicology Crime scene documentation technologies
GIS applications Glass analysis
Human performance and biomechanics Elemental analysis of biological and geological samples
Courtroom persuasion Eyewitness identifications
Eyewitness testimony of children Homicide patterns and trends
Improving witnesses recall Jury decision making
Jury selection Mental health evaluations
Mathematical modeling of disease Quantification of bias and its impact
Sex-trafficking Substance abuse
Digital video analyses Big Data management