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Center Overview

The Center for Advanced Research in Forensic Science (CARFS) serves as a platform to conduct interdisciplinary and innovative research to address the needs of the forensic science laboratory community. CARFS brings together forensic science leaders in state-of-the-art research laboratories, specialized facilities, and institutes across the nation to solve the most complex problems facing forensic science today.

The combined knowledge of the forensic faculty allows CARFS to address a wide range of forensic science problems, whether in the form of long-term, high-risk discovery or shorter term, deliverable-driven research. CARFS produces novel findings and tools for a range of stakeholders, including forensic science practitioners, research laboratories, industrial partners, government, and private forensic science end users.

CARFS' goal is to develop, implement, and commercialize tools that benefit the national forensic science research enterprise by uniting experts in multidisciplinary backgrounds to address the direct needs of industrial members, ultimately providing products, techniques, strategies, and methodologies for the end-user community in the forensic science enterprise.


  • Boston University
  • Florida International University
  • University of South Alabama

Center Personnel

Adam Hall
Associate Director

Jose Almirall
Center Director and FIU Research Site Director

Michael Chambers
USA Research Site Director

Ashley Anon
Center Assistant Director

Research Focus

CARFS researchers are experts in a wide range of forensic disciplines, including:

  • Behavioral sciences.
  • Computer science.
  • Cyber forensics in both hardware and software.
  • Digital forensics/data analytics.
  • Forensic anthropology.
  • Forensic chemistry.
  • Forensic engineering and instrumentation.
  • Forensic entomology.
  • Forensic microbiology.
  • Forensic molecular biology.
  • Forensic statistics.
  • Legal psychology.

CARFS plans to expand to include other forensic disciplines.