Joint Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry Seminar - Dana Chapman, Phoenix Police Forensics Lab

Friday, February 19 at 4:00pm

Virtual Event

“From Designer Drugs to DNA: The Ever-changing Field of Forensics”

Since the introduction of TV shows like CSI, the field of forensic science has been rapidly growing. The goal of this presentation is to provide the audience with a look into the disciplines of Forensic Toxicology, Drug Chemistry, and DNA Analysis, how the areas have changed in recent years and how they are continuing to evolve with advances in science.
The presentation will also discuss the recommended coursework or additional training for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the forensic field. Finally, a case study will be presented highlighting the use of forensics to solve a cold case and the challenges that are sometimes faced in court.

Dana Chapman received a B.S. in Chemistry in 2007 from Calvin University. She then went on to obtain her M.S. in Forensic Science with emphases in Forensic Chemistry and DNA analysis in 2009 from Marshall University. Ms. Chapman started working for the Phoenix Police Department Crime Laboratory in 2010 in the Forensic DNA section. During her time at the Phoenix Crime Lab, Ms. Chapman has performed DNA analysis on
thousands of cases, implemented new methods and technologies, assisted with the training of new analysts, and is a member of the section’s quality assurance team. Ms. Chapman currently serves as the Assistant Technical Leader for the Forensic DNA section.

Event Type

Academics, Natural & Applied Sciences Division, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry

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