The Forensic Science Program at Loyola aims to introduce students to a broad range of forensic-related topics and prepare them for careers in a variety of settings. We host a Forensic Expert Seminar Series to expand student exposure beyond their coursework. Speakers are experts in their respective forensic disciplines and related fields. Topics range from forensic research to case studies, from expert witness testimony to opiod death and other current events. See below for a selection of past seminars.
To request further information please email Wendy Gruhl.
Loyola University Chicago Forensic Science Alum!
Cook County Medical Examiner's Office | Chicago, IL
Topic: What a Medical Examiner's Office is Like - Cook County Edition
Kevin Latman, MS
US Defense Threat Reduction Agency | Washington, DC
Topic: From Forensics to Force Protection: Careers in National Security
Anne Grauer, PhD
Professor and Chair | Anthropology Department | Loyola University Chicago | Chicago, IL
Topic: Dead Bodies Do Tell Tales
Chief, Forensic Science Division at Cook County Public Defender Office | Chicago, IL
Topic: Forensic Evidence in the Criminal Justice System: Where are We and Where do We Need to Go?
Positive Certifying Scientist | U.S. Drug Testing Laboratories | Des Plaines, IL
Topic: Toxicology Analysis in the Private Sector
Group Supervisor | Drug Enforcement Administration Chicago Field Division | Chicago, IL
Topic: DEA Investigations into Drug Cryptomarket Operations
Assistant State’s Attorney - Forensic Science Unit | Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office | Chicago, IL
Topic: Forensic Science and the Law: Deconvoluting the Mixture
Nelson A. Santos, MPA
Deputy Assistant Administrator | US Drug Enforcement Administration – Washington, DC
Topic: The DEA Laboratory System
Deborah Zvosec, PhD
Research Associate - Hennepin County Medical Center and Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation | Minneapolis, MN
Topic: Drug-facilitated Sexual Assault: A Case-based Presentation of Clinical, Toxicological and Legal Perspectives
Michael L. Van Linn, PhD
Drug Science Specialist - Diversion Control | U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington, D.C.
Topic: DEA's Regulatory Response to the Evolving New Psychoactive Substance Market
Ponni Arunkumar, MD
Interim Chief Medical Examiner | Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office | Chicago, IL
Topic: Forensic Pathology and the Recent Rise in Opioid Overdose Deaths in Cook County
DNA Resource Specialist - Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office | Chicago, IL
Topic: Forensic Biology and DNA Analysis
Laura A. Ciolino, PhD
Forensic Chemist – US Food and Drug Administration Forensic Chemistry Center | Cincinnati, OH
Topic: Marijuana Substitutes: Plant Materials Laced with Synthetic Cannabinoids
DEA Special Agent
Topic: Clandestine Drug Laboratory Investigations: From Methamphetamine to Fentanyl and the Associated Challenges for Forensic Chemists and Law Enforcement
Patrick J. O’Dea
Field Intelligence Manager – US Drug Enforcement Administration | Chicago, IL
Topic: DEA Analysis Punching Above Our Weight: Managing Increased Responsibilities with Diminishing Resources
John T. Dziedzic
Director - Federal Bureau of Investigation Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory | Chicago, IL
Topic: Digital Evidence Forensics and the Chicago Regional Computer Forensics Program
Kevin J. Powers, J.D.
DEA Division Counsel
Topic: Forensic Chemists and Expert Testimony in Criminal Trials
*Updated 18 Mar 22