Associate professor, Forensic Toxicology

Director, Institute for Forensic Sciences



Ph.D. Masaryk University, 2003

M.S. Masaryk University,1999

B.S. Masaryk University, 1996


Research interest:

Bioanalytical Chemistry

Forensic Chemistry

Non-invasive metabolite sensing



FSCI 5256 Forensic Toxicology

FSCI 5101  Seminar

FSCI 5260 Report writing and Expert Testimony



In both his teaching and his research, Dr. Halámek focuses on the development of non-traditional sensing concepts for forensic, biometric and security applications. The ultimate objective of his work is to evaluate and characterize various metabolite panels (including analytes from illicit drugs to endogenous compounds) in human body fluids. Additional supporting experiments involve development of novel concepts for detection of illicit drugs, harmful pesticides and, warfare agents on surfaces or in solution.


Dr. Halámek received his Ph.D. from the Masaryk University in Brno, Czechia in 2003 under the direction of Petr Skladal. He, then, received Marie Curie Individual Fellowship and traveled to Potsdam University in Germany to conduct postdoctoral research in pesticide toxicology and sensing under Frieder W. Scheller. In 2008, he came to the United States, where he became a postdoctoral fellow under the direction of Evgeny Katz at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. He became an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University at Albany, SUNY. He held this position until his arrival at Texas Tech University in August 2020.


A stronghold if the forensic science community, Dr. Halámek currently consults with several scientific journals. He currently serves as a reviewer for Analytical Chemistry, Langmuir, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Forensic Science, Analytica Chimica Acta, Biosensors & Bioelectronics, IEEE Sensors, Microfluidics & Nanofluidics, and Engineering in Life Sciences. He also sits on the editorial panel of the National Science Foundation (Nanobiosensing Program).


Dr. Halámek is well known in the forensic science community. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers, having an h–index of 33 (Web of Science, 2020/08). His work has been cited over 3000 times (excluding self-citations).


Selected publications:

Dr. Jan Halámek

Associate professor


  1. Brunelle, E., Eldridge, M., & Halámek, J. (2021). Determination of Time since Deposition of Fingerprints via Colorimetric Assays. ACS Omega, 6(19), 12898–12903.

  2. McGoldrick, L. K. & Halámek, J. (2020). Recent advances in noninvasive biosensors for forensics, biometrics, and cybersecurity. Sensors (Switzerland), 20(21).

  3. McGoldrick, L. K.; Weiss, E. A.; & Halámek, J. (2019). Symmetric-Key Encryption Based on Bioaffinity Interactions. ACS Synthetic Biology, 8(7).

  4. Hair, M. E.; Gerkman, R.; Mathis, A. I.; Halámková, L.; & Halámek, J. (2019). Noninvasive Concept for Optical Ethanol Sensing on the Skin Surface with Camera-Based Quantification. Analytical Chemistry, 91(24).

  5. Brunelle, E.; Thibodeau, B.; Shoemaker, A.; & Halámek, J. (2019). Step toward Roadside Sensing: Noninvasive Detection of a THC Metabolite from the Sweat Content of Fingerprints. ACS Sensors, 4(12).

  6. Hair, M. E.; Mathis, A. I.; Brunelle, E. K.; Halámková, L.; & Halámek, J. (2018). Metabolite Biometrics for the Differentiation of Individuals. Analytical Chemistry, 90(8).



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