Loyola University Chicago

Forensic Science Program

Faculty

Loyola's faculty members are dedicated to quality undergraduate teaching and a student-centered approach to education. All forensic science instructors are current or former forensic science practitioners, with practical experience they bring to the classroom & laboratory to share with their students.  Students are assigned to a faculty advisor, who helps them plan their curriculum, and offers them valuable assistance in finding a job or gaining admission to graduate school.

 

James DeFrancesco, Program Director & Senior Lecturer

PhD, Physical Organic Chemistry | Michigan State University

Area of Forensic Specialization:  Drug Chemistry, Toxicology, Clandestine Drug Lab Investigations

Forensic Experience: US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Professional Affiliations:  American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Clandestine Laboratory Investigators Association / Clandestine Laboratory Investigating Chemists Association, American Chemical Society, Chicago Chromatography Discussion Group (President)

Courses Taught:  CHEM 212, CHEM 214, CHEM 300, UCSF 137, FRSC 343, FRSC 350/350L, FRSC 360/360L, FRSC 361/361L, FRSC 390, FRSC 394

Contact:  jdefrancesco@luc.edu (773)508-3283


Wendy Gruhl, Lecturer

MS, Forensic Science | University of Illinois Chicago

Area of Forensic Specialization:  Forensic Biology, DNA

Forensic Experience: Illinois State Police

Professional Affiliations:  American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Courses Taught:  BIOL 391, FRSC 370/370L, FRSC 371, FRSC390, FRSC394

Contact: wgruhl@luc.edu (773)508-3607 

 

Garry Bombard, Lecturer Emeritus

PhD, Public Health | University of Illinois at Chicago

Area of Forensic Specialization:  Forensic Serology

Forensic Experience:  Illinois State Police

Professional Affiliations: American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS), American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD)

Courses Taught:  n/a

 

A. Karl Larson, Adjunct Lecturer

PhD, Pharmacodynamics | University of Illinois Chicago

Area of Forensic Specialization:  Toxicology, Drug Chemistry

Forensic Experience: Illinois State Police, University of Illinois Chicago

Professional Affiliations:  American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists, Association of Racing Chemists, FEPAC Board of Commissioners 

Course Taught:  FRSC 342

Contact: klarsen@luc.edu or larsena@uic.edu

 

James Snaidauf, Lecturer

MS, Forensic Science | University of Illinois Chicago

Area of Forensic Specialization:  Fingerprints

Forensic Experience: Internal Revenue Service (IRS), DEA, Illinois State Police

Professional Affiliations: International Association for Identification (IAI, Illinois Division, Florida Division, and Parent Body), American Academy of Forensic Sciences Standards Board (ASB) - Friction Ridge Consensus Body Member, International Association for Identification Science and Practices Committee/Latent Print Development

Courses Taught:  FRSC 350/350L 

Contact: jsnaidauf@luc.edu

 

Kevin Kulbacki, Lecturer

MS, Forensic Science | University of Florida

Area of Forensic Specialization:  Questioned Documents

Forensic Experience: US Federal Government, KDX Forensic Consulting LLC, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Osborn & Son Forensic Document Examination 

Professional Affiliations:  American Academy of Forensic Sciences, American Society of Questioned Document Examiners (ASQDE), Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) - Forensic Document Examination Subcommittee Member, American Academy of Forensic Sciences Standards Board (ASB) - Forensic Document Examination Consensus Body Member and Chair

Courses Taught:  FRSC 350/350L

Contact: kkulbacki@luc.edu

  

Caryn Tucker, Lecturer

MS, Forensic Science | University of Illinois Chicago

Area of Forensic Specialization:  Firearms, Toolmarks

Forensic Experience: Illinois State Police

Professional Affiliations:  n/a

Courses Taught:  FRSC 350/350L

Contact: ctucker@luc.edu

 

Jennifer Wagenmaker, Lecturer

PhD, Microbiology and Immunology | Virginia Commonwealth University

Area of Forensic Specialization:  Forensic Biology, DNA

Forensic Experience: Illinois State Police

Professional Affiliations: American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Course Taught:  FRSC 371

Contact: jwagenmaker@luc.edu

 

Lisa Gilbert, Lecturer

MS, Analytical Chemistry | Governors State University

Area of Forensic Specialization:  Drug Chemistry, Latent Prints

Forensic Experience: Illinois State Police

Professional Affiliations:  International Association for Identification (IAI)

Courses Taught: FRSC 340

Contact:  lgilbert@luc.edu

 

Anne Grauer, Professor of Biological Anthropology (Anthropology Department)

PhD, Anthropology | University of Massachusetts- Amherst 

Area of Forensic Specialization:  Anthropology

Forensic Experience: Cook County Sheriff’s Police and Medical Examiner’s Office, FBI Evidence Response Team,  Illinois Historic Preservation Office, Field Museum of Natural History, State Historical Society of Wisconsin 

Professional Affiliations (selected):  American Academy of Forensic Sciences, American Association of Biological Anthropologists, Paleopathology Association

Forensic Courses Taught:  ANTH 326, ANTH 396

Contact: Dr. Grauer's page

  

*Updated 16 August 21