Luke Markstrom

Major: Biochemistry
Topic: CSI fiber analysis
Faculty Mentor:

Dr. Gary A. Mabbott

Police officers need to be able to analyze fibers at crime scenes quickly and accurately. I worked on matching multiple clothing fibers using a technique that’s new to forensics. My research findings are important because analysts can now compare multiple fibers quickly and easily using very small sample sizes in a manner that is non-destructive. I used a camera, computer, and liquid crystal tunable filter to transform a standard microscope into a microspectrophotometer. Using this research, the potential for law enforcement to have fast accurate evidence analysis will allow for criminals to be detained and charged faster, keeping all of us safer.

Favorite part of the project:

I was able to obtain results from my data that I was hoping for. It’s nice that a summer of work brought positive results. 

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