John Reffner

John Reffner

John Reffner

Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise: Microscopy, molecular spectroscopy and materials science

Mentoring undergraduate students is a process that begins by defining a problem that is
meaningful, solvable and provides a challenging learning experience. Observation, documentation, preservation, examination, contemplation, speculation, verification and publication are the stepping stones that lead to a successful research project. As a mentor my role is to be an information resource, a guide, a counselor and a catalyst.

Current research in my lab centers on improving the value of analyzing trace evidence.
Specific projects are: evaluation of micro-spectroscopy for the characterization of dyed fibers, developing analytical methods for forensic laboratories in emerging countries, investigating the counterfeit drug problem, and establishing methods for determining match criteria related to trace evidence comparisons.

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