Institute for

Forensic Science

Mission Statement

The Institute for Forensic Science at Texas Tech University is committed to the production and dissemination of interdisciplinary forensic science research through a unique multidisciplinary program that provides outstanding education, research, and professional training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at TTU, and local and regional law enforcement. The Institute is a comprehensive teaching, training, and research organization in all aspects of forensic science. The Institute is committed to providing outstanding service to the university, profession, and community. We are committed to supporting local law enforcement and criminal justice agencies through the sharing of ideas, problem-solving, and empiricism promoting prosocial values and contributing to safer communities.

Director, Institute for Forensic Sciences

Dr. Jan Halámek


Dr. Halámek graduated from the Masaryk University where he also received his Ph.D in Biochemistry in 2003. From 2003 to 2006 he worked as a postdoctoral fellow, earning the Marie Curie Individual Fellowship, at the Potsdam University in Germany. In 2006 he joined the Department of Biophysical Engineering at Twente University in The Netherlands as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2008 he joined the Department of Chemistry at Clarkson University in the USA as a Research Associate, where in 2011, he became a Research Assistant Professor.

He has arrived at Texas Tech University after holding Associate professor of Chemistry position at the University at Albany, SUNY.


Dr. Halámek is on the editorial panel of the National Science Foundation (Nanobiosensing Program) and is a member of the reviewer board of scientific journals, such as 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.

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Don't forget: Applications for Spring 2021 admission due Sept. 30, 2020!

Mailing address:

Box 41163, Lubbock, TX 79409-1163


Physical address:

 1207 Gilbert Drive, Lubbock, TX 79416


Phone: 806-885-4567
Fax: 806-885-4577

Recent Forensic Science News

2 Forensic Lab students presented and Won at the 2021 Virtual Poster Competition hosted by the Graduate School.

They students won first and third place under the category of SCIENCES as follows:


1st place – Samuel Seay

Title of poster: “Flatland Forensics: Analyzing Insect Succession on Decomposing Remains in a High Plains Agricultural Environment”


3rd place- Kirsten Nettles

Title of poster: “Development of Odor Profiling Methods for the Detection of Contraband Firearms” Names the Texas Tech University MS in Forensic Science Among the Most Affordable Forensics Master’s Programs of 2020-21



In a field that relies on professionals with exceptional lab skills and a dedication to uncovering useful information from evidence collected at crime scenes, a master’s degree can impart a unique level of skill and expertise.


Similarly, can be relied on to bring that same kind of dedication to providing forensic investigators and laboratory scientists with the resources they need for career preparation and advancement. That’s why we wanted to make it easier to find the most affordable, high-quality master’s programs available in the field.


We took on the task of reviewing the tuition rates of every single forensic science master’s program available at accredited institutions across the U.S. When we came to the Texas Tech University Department of Environmental Toxicology, we knew right away we were looking at a winner.


With a tuition rate that comes in nearly $2,400 below the state average for similar programs, the Texas Tech University MS in Forensic Science easily earns its place on our list of the Most Affordable Master’s Degrees in Forensic Science for 2020-21!


The Department of Environmental Toxicology (ENTX) is the academic home for the core faculty of The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) and the Institute for Forensic Science (IFS) at Texas Tech University. TIEHH and IFS provide faculty and graduate students opportunities for multidisciplinary research and scholarly engagement related to environmental, forensic and human health sciences.


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