Authors

Our authors are forensic science or discipline-related undergraduate & graduate students in research-intensive university programs. They translate technical articles in addition to their academic, research and teaching responsibilities.

Niara Nichols is an undergraduate chemistry major at the University at Albany. She joined ForensicBites to learn more about the forensics field and to improve her technical communication. After graduation, she plans to earn a PhD in analytical chemistry and work at a government crime lab.

Caitlyn Wensel has a master’s degree from West Virginia University’s in Forensic and Investigative Science.  She currently works as a forensic scientist in a crime lab in the Controlled Substances section. She joined ForensicBites to bridge the gap between scientists/practitioners and the public about forensics. 

Catherine Allen is a master’s student with a concentration in Forensic Molecular Biology at George Washington University.  She joined ForensicBites to help others understand what is going on in the forensic science community.  Upon graduating, she hopes to work with Next Generation Sequencing and SNPs in casework and/or research.

Jalissa Thomas is a master’s student in Chemistry at the State University at Albany. She joined ForensicBites to increase interest in the forensics field by making forensics research more accessible to everyone. She plans to work in a police crime lab after graduation.

Lauren Gandy is a chemistry Ph.D. candidate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She founded ForensicBites to increase public awareness and understanding of the forensic research process. After obtaining her doctorate, Lauren aims to work as a forensic DNA technologist and eventually run a state forensics laboratory.

William Feeney is a Ph.D. candidate at West Virginia University’s Chemistry department. He joined ForensicBites to update practitioners and the general public about recent advances and strides in the forensics field.  Upon graduation, William plans to work as a chemist in a national laboratory.

Brittany Justice is an undergraduate forensic science student at George Mason University. She joined the ForensicBites to make forensic science research more accessible to others while learning more about forensics advancements. After graduation, she plans to earn an MD degree and work as a forensic pathologist.

Grace Walker is an undergraduate forensic science major at George Mason University. She joined ForensicBites to expand her forensic horizons and help others understand the beauty of science. After graduation, she plans to continue her education and eventually work as a forensic scientist in a crime lab.

Monica Zaky is an undergraduate forensic science student at George Mason University. She joined ForensicBites to share her interests with more people as well as advancing her personal knowledge in the field. Upon graduation, Monica plans to work as a DNA analyst in a forensic laboratory.

Debbie S. Stone Talavera is a forensic biomedical master’s student with a certification in medicolegal death investigation at Syracuse University. She joined ForensicBites to provide information on forensics that is reachable and understandable for the community. After graduation, she will pursue a career in the federal government or state crime laboratories as a forensic scientist.

Kristyn Ramsey is a master’s student in Medicolegal Death Investigation at Syracuse University.  She joined ForensicBites to keep abreast of new advancements in forensics and to share her passion by presenting research in an accessible format.  Upon graduation, she aims to work for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service’s Major Case Response Team.

Sara is a master’s student at Oklahoma State University graduating in 2021. She joined ForensicBites to expand her own knowledge of the forensics field and help others understand the importance of forensics. She plans to work in a crime lab post-graduation.


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