Institute for

Forensic Science

Mission Statement

The Institute for Forensic Science at Texas Tech University is committed to conducting research in interdisciplinary forensic science and dissemination of results. This unique multidisciplinary program provides outstanding education, research, and professional training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at TTU, as well as local and regional law enforcement. The Institute is a comprehensive teaching, training, and research entity in all aspects of forensic science. The Institute is committed to providing quality contributions to the university, profession, and community. Through the sharing of ideas and methodologies, the institute is committed to supporting local law enforcement and criminal justice agencies to promote prosocial values and contribute to safer communities.

Dr. Jan Halámek

Director, Institute for Forensic Sciences

Dr. Jan Halámek


Dr. Halámek completed both his Bachelor’s and Masters of Science at Masaryk University in Brno, Czechia where he also received his PhD in Biochemistry in 2003. He went on to work as a postdoctoral fellow at Potsdam University in Germany, where he earned the Marie Curie Individual Fellowship. In 2006, he joined the Department of Biophysical Engineering at Twente University in The Netherlands for a second postdoctoral fellowship. In 2008, he traveled to the United States to join the Department of Chemistry at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY as a Research Associate. Three years later, he became a Research Assistant Professor. He, then, became an Associate Professor of Chemistry at University at Albany, SUNY. Finally, Dr. Halámek arrived at Texas Tech University in August 2020 in his current position.


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).


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Graduate Program & Undergraduate Minor Directort, Forensic Science Research Associate Professor

Dr. Paola A. Prada-Tiedemann


Research Associate Professor, Analytical Chemistry & Canine Chemical Odor Profiling


Postdoctoral Appointment, Office of the Director of National Intelligence US Government Fellowship, 2010-2012


Ph.D., Florida International University, 2010



Research Interests:

Analytical chemistry, animal behavior and national security to provide research that fosters innovation and drives strategy

Chemical odor profiling via gas chromatographic techniques

Volatolomic analysis from forensic specimens: human scent, human remains, pathogens and biological specimens

Law enforcement canine odor detection and training for forensic applications


Don't forget: Applications for Fall 2022 admission due March 18th, 2022!

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Box 41163, Lubbock, TX 79409-1163


Physical address:

 1207 Gilbert Drive, Lubbock, TX 79416


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

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