Faculty

Our faculty and staff come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, representing the diverse field of forensic science. Many of our instructors and professors are practicing forensic scientists who are able to bring both their technical and courtroom experiences to the classroom.

 

Full Time & Part Time Faculty

Tracy Rogers

Tracy Rogers, BA, MA, PhD
Program Director

Associate Professor, Anthropology
Forensic Anthropology Consultant,
Ontario Forensic Pathology Service

Tel: 905-828-5449
Email: tracy.rogers@utoronto.ca
Fax: 905-828-3837

Office: HSC 400

In addition to being Director of the Forensic Science Program at UTM and Associate Professor of Anthropology, Tracy Rogers is a Forensic Anthropologist who has been actively involved in case work since 1998, and is currently a consultant to the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service. Dr. Rogers has worked on cases in Ontario, Manitoba, and B.C., and most notably was the primary Forensic Anthropologist during the investigation of serial killer Robert Pickton in 2002-03. She has been qualified as an expert witness in the B.C. Supreme Court, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba, and the Ontario Court of Justice.

Her research interests involve the identification of unknown skeletal remains, including: methods of estimating the age-at-death of an individual from the skeleton; skeletal sex determination; skeletal techniques for assessing the ancestry/biogeographical origin of the deceased; and positive identification of unidentified human remains. Related topics include factors influencing skeletal health, the study of juvenile skeletons, and trauma analysis. She also researches the application of new technologies to the documentation and analysis of outdoor crime scenes and clandestine graves, including 3D methods of capturing data that are both geospecific and quantifiable. Dr. Rogers publishes regularly in leading, peer-reviewed journals and is a regular reviewer for both the Journal of Forensic Sciences and Forensic Science International.

Dr. Rogers has developed and teaches a variety of bioarchaeological, osteological, and forensic science courses, including the Forensic Anthropology Field School and the Forensic Science Internship course at the undergraduate level, and Graduate Forensic Anthropology and Professional Practice in Forensic Anthropology at the graduate level. She supervises graduate research in bioarchaeology, osteology, and forensic anthropology. Dr. Rogers is committed to providing her students exceptional learning experiences that lead to student success through experiential learning, application of new technologies, scaffolded skill-sets and knowledge, and targeted assignments that result in publications and/or conference presentations. Dr. Rogers has been nominated for a TVOntario’s Best Lecturer Award and was awarded the University of Toronto Mississauga Teaching Excellence Award for Faculty.

 

Tracy Rogers

Dundas scientist speaks for the dead

Tracy Rogers doesn't read true crime. As one of Canada's lead forensic anthropologists, it's one of her cardinal rules. The Dundas mother of two has consulted on some of Canada's most gruesome murder cases, including the notorious 2002 search of serial killer Robert Pickton's British Columbia pig farm and, most recently, the Tim Bosma mystery.

Read more at TheSpec.com

 

V. Luk v2

Vivienne Luk, BSc, MSc, PhD
Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
Forensic Chemistry


Tel: 905-569-4259
Email: vivienne.luk@utoronto.ca
Fax: 905-828-3873
 

Office: HSC 404

Research Areas: Forensic Science Education, Drug and Alcohol Testing, Forensic Metrology

Profile: Dr. Luk, came to UTM from the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto, where she worked as a Forensic Toxicologist. As a forensic toxicologist, she analyzed biological samples for the presence of drugs, alcohol and poisons and interpreted toxicological findings for the purposes of medical and legal investigations. She regularly testified in court as an expert witness in many different types of trials including homicides, sexual assaults and impaired driving cases.

She now teaches our Introduction to Forensic Science, Forensic Chemistry, Forensic Toxicology and Analytical Forensic Toxicology courses.

Research Interests: Each year, more novel psychoactive substances (designer drugs) are being formulated, manufactured and enter the illicit market, posing a threat to public health. The ever changing nature of this illicit drug population is difficult to address using standard routine drug tests. Dr. Luk’s research interest involve the identification of compounds in biological fluids without pre-existing knowledge of what those compounds could be. 

 

Nicole Novroski

Nicole Novroski, Hons. BSc, MSc, PhD
Assistant Professor, Tenure Stream
Forensic Biology


Tel: 905-569-4627
Email: nicole.novroski@utoronto.ca
Fax: 905-569-4424

Office: HSC 406

 

 

Dr. Nicole Novroski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Forensic Science Program at the University of Toronto Mississauga.  She came to the UTM Forensic Science Program from the Center for Human Identification (CHI) at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas, where she completed her doctoral studies in the Research and Development Laboratory of Dr. Bruce Budowle. Dr. Novroski's research focused on identifying novel short tandem repeat markers for enhanced DNA mixture deconvolution.

Her research interests involve the advancement of forensic DNA typing and analysis using novel biological and instrumentation approaches. Specifically, Dr. Novroski is focused on mining the human genome for genetic markers with improved DNA mixture deconvolution capabilities.  Dr. Novroski is passionate about the future of forensic biology and genetics, and has a great interest in the implementation of massively parallel sequencing into the crime laboratory, coupled with the integration of additional human identification markers into forensic casework.  She is also interested in expanding the capabilities of missing persons casework and databasing, microbial forensics, pharmacogenetics, computational biology as it pertains to forensic genetic data, and improved methods for the collection and processing of forensic biological evidence. Dr. Novroski actively publishes in leading, peer-reviewed journals in the field of forensic genetics and is a reviewer for Forensic Science International: Genetics.

Dr. Novroski currently teaches Forensic Biology in the Forensic Science Program.


Karen Woodall

Karen Woodall, Hons BSc, MSc, PhD
Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
Forensic Toxicology, Ethics & Professionalism


Tel: 905-569-4403
Email: karen.woodall@utoronto.ca

Office: HSC 476

   
Karen Woodall is a Forensic Toxicologist at the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto, Ontario. As a forensic toxicologist, she analyzes biological samples for the presence of drugs, alcohol and poisons and interprets toxicological findings for the purposes of medical and legal investigations. She regularly testifies in court as an expert witness in many different types of trials including homicides, sexual assaults and impaired driving cases.
 
Karen teaches the Forensic Toxicology and Forensic Chemistry courses as part of the Forensic Sciences Program at the University of Toronto. Previous and current research topics have included deaths due to fentanyl abuse and the role of drugs in motor vehicle fatalities. She also regularly provides lectures and training to police officers in the role of Forensic Toxicology in various criminal investigations.
 

Rasmus Larsen

Rasmus Rosenberg Larsen, PhD
Instructor, LTA
Forensic Psychology and Philosophy


Tel: 647-575-4196
Email: rosenberg.larsen@utoronto.ca

Office: NE 6182

Rasmus Rosenberg Larsen holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from University at Buffalo, New York. He is a lecturer in the Forensic Science Program and in the Philosophy Department. Rasmus’ main research interests cover issues in mental health research, moral psychology, and biomedical ontology. His current project involves studies of the theoretical validity of clinical construct, psychopathy, asking questions such as, what is psychopathy? Are psychopaths legally responsible? Is psychopathy a mental disease? Rasmus can be found teaching topics regarding the psychology of violence and antisocial conduct, as well as foundational philosophical and scientific issues in mental health research. 

 
Dax Urbszat

Dax Urbszat, BSc, LLB, MA, PhD
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
Psychology 


Tel: 905-569-4964
Email: dax.urbszat@utoronto.ca
Fax: 905-569-4326

Office: CCT 4010

Dr. Dax Urbszat began his post-secondary education by attaining a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto with a Specialist in Psychology and a Major in Crime and Deviance. This undergraduate training led to a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School followed by a Master’s and Doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto. Dax’s research interests are in the areas of Personality, Social, Abnormal and Forensic Psychology including research examining jury selection and the challenge for cause in the Canadian court system. Future directions for research include a proposed project to design and implement a musical education program for incarcerated individuals in an effort to determine the effects on certain behavioural measures such as recidivism rates.

Dr. Urbszat is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and has recently completed a term as the Acting Director for the Forensic Science Program at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, Canada’s first and longest running Forensic Science program. Dax can be found teaching the huge Introduction to Psychology courses as well as courses in Social Psychology, Psychology and Law, and Forensic Psychology. Dax believes strongly in providing an interactive learning environment and is known to make deliberate efforts to facilitate the students’ learning experience. As evidence, Dax has been nominated numerous times to the top 20 in the TVOntario’s Best Lecturer Competition, and has received many awards and commendations for teaching including the student voted Tri-campus Teaching Award of Excellence for the University of Toronto in 2008 and the Award of Excellence for Teaching at the University of Toronto at Mississauga in 2010.

Away from campus Dax has been a longtime practitioner of martial arts including Judo, Kung Fu, Qigong, Muay Thai and other aspects of the martial arts. Also, an accomplished musician, singer, and songwriter, Dax lends his musical talents each year to help support local charities and the University’s undergraduate Psychology club. Dax’s other interests include golf, scuba diving, and lucid dreaming, and most of all his two son’s Dylan and Colton.

 

Wade Knaap

Wade Knaap, Det. Cst.
Forensic Identification Instructor
Toronto Police Services (Retired), Forensic Identification Unit 


Tel: 416 864 8380
Email: wade.knaap@utoronto.ca 
Fax: 905-569-4424

Office: NE5212


Wade Knaap, a retired Forensic Identification Specialist with the Toronto Police Services, is a part-time faculty member in the Forensic Science Program at the University of Toronto Mississauga.  In addition to teaching our introductory forensic science course, he also teaches theory and technique in many areas of forensic identification at the undergraduate level; criminalistics, photography, friction ridge identification, development and preservation of physical and trace evidence, crime scene management and court room presentation. 

Wade has been published numerous times in peer reviewed journals including The Journal of Forensic Identification and Identification Canada regarding forensic identification concepts, and was a contributing author in the text Crime and Measurement: Methods in Forensic Investigation.  He continues to lecture and host workshops related to forensic identification topics at universities, colleges and educational conferences throughout Canada and the U.S.

As a member of The Canadian Identification Society (CIS), he served as president (2011 – 2012), and editor of Identification Canada (effective September 2012).   Additionally, Wade is an active member of The International Association for Identification (IAI) and was honoured as a Distinguished Member in 2010.  Currently, he is the chair of the Ontario Police College Forensic Advisory Board and a member of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) Forensic Advisory Committee. In 2002 - 2003 he was the recipient of the “Al Waxman Award” for Excellence in Forensic Identification.

Wade lives in Port Perry Ontario with his family.

 

Sessional & Adjunct Professors

 

Eugene Liscio

Eugene Liscio, P. Eng
Adjunct Professor
3D Crime Scene Mapping & Reconstruction


Owner, AI2-3D
Tel: TBA
Email: eugene.liscio@utoronto.ca

Office: NE 5010

As a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, Eugene Liscio, P. Eng. is the owner of AI2-3D, a company that specializes in 3D forensic measurement, analysis and visualizations for law enforcement and legal industries. In his daily work, Eugene has created 3D reconstructions of shooting incidents, homicides,  medical malpractice and vehicular accidents using a variety of 3D technologies for evidence of all sizes.  He has been accepted as an expert witness in both Canada and the US and was recognized for his work on the David Camm case; a triple homicide case where an x-state trooper was wrongly convicted of killing his wife and two children.  Some of his work has been featured on 48 Hours and also NBC Dateline. 
 
 Eugene teaches the Introduction to 3D Forensic Reconstruction and Mapping course as part of the Forensic Sciences Program and is actively involved in assisting both graduate and undergraduate students with 3D technologies such as photogrammetry, structured light scanners and terrestrial laser scanners in their research.  Previous and current research topics have been focused on bloodstain pattern analysis using laser scanning technology, documentation of clandestine graves, bullet trajectory analysis, photogrammetry for the documentation of wounds and bite mark analysis. He has also given many lectures, webinars workshops and training courses to law enforcement on the use of 3D technologies, especially wtih photogrammetry and terrestrial laser scanners.
 
Eugene is currently the president of the International Association of Forensic and Security Metrology (IAFSM), a member of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) and also a member of the Canadian Identification Society (CIS). 
 

Eugene Liscio

Dateline: The Defense's Theory

Expert witness, Eugene Liscio, used a laser scanner 3-D animation to explain the defense's theory of the shooting.

Eugene Liscio is the President of AI2-3D, which provides professional 3D forensic measurement and visualization services. Eugene is also the instructor for UTM's 3D crime scene mapping and reconstruction course.

Watch the video at NBC New

 

 

Caitlin Pakosh

Caitlin Pakosh, HBSc, JD
Instructor, SL2: Forensic Science & The Law in Canada, Criminal Law & Innocence Canada 

Tel: TBA
Email: caitlin.pakosh@utoronto.ca

Office: NE 5010

 

Caitlin Pakosh is an Assistant Crown Attorney in Newmarket with experience researching and writing about the intersection between forensic science and criminal law, most notably in her award-winning book featuring thirty-three expert contributors, “The Lawyer’s Guide to the Forensic Sciences” (Irwin Law, 2016). Before joining the Ministry of the Attorney General, Caitlin opened her own criminal defence firm after working for several years at Innocence Canada as its Senior Staff Lawyer. Caitlin was called to the Bar in Ontario in June 2012 after receiving her law degree from the University of Calgary in 2011. She is a proud graduate of UTM’s forensic science program, having graduated in 2008 specializing in forensic anthropology with a minor in biology.

 

Additional Faculty

 

Marc Dryer

Marc Dryer, Hons BA, MSc, MScBMC
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
Biomedical Communications


Tel: 905-569-4267
Email: marc.dryer@utoronto.ca
Fax: 905-569-4847

Office: HSC 310

Marc Dryer is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biology’s Biomedical Communications program at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Marc holds a Master of Science degree in Paleoanthropology, and a Master of Science in Biomedical Communications. He teaches technique and theory in many areas of scientific visualization at both the graduate and undergraduate levels: medical illustration, 3D biomedical visualization, visualization of Anthropological data, and digital forensic facial reproduction. Marc has been involved with the Toronto Police Services Forensic Identification Unit as part of an initiative to promote the use of digital techniques to aid in the identification of individuals known only from skeletal remains.

Marc Dryer

University of Toronto: Professor Marc Dryer, Biomedical Communications

Learn how Marc Dryer uses 3D facial reconstruction techniques to aid police in forensic investigations.

Watch the YouTube video

 


Ulrich Krull

Ulrich Krull, BSc, MSc, PhD
Chemistry, Biological and Bioanalytical Chemistry

Tel: 905-828-5211

Email: ulrich.krull@utoronto.ca

Ulrich Krull is appointed as a Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Toronto, and holds the endowed AstraZeneca Chair in Biotechnology. He presently handles the portfolio of Vice-Principal:Research at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). His professional interests focus in the area of biosensor and bioassay research, and development of fieldable molecular diagnostics technology that can be used in forensic, biomedical and environmental applications. His research work is exploring the use of nanoscale materials and microfluidics chip technologies to build devices for detection of nucleic acid and protein targets. Work by his research team has been fundamental in the launch of 4 start-up companies. Krull is recognized as one of the leading analytical chemists in Canada. He has over 200 refereed publications, has co-authored more than 60 book chapters, has co-edited 4 books and is an inventor listed on over a dozen patents. He is a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada. He has received both the McBryde Medal, and the Maxxam Award of the Canadian Society for Chemistry (the top awards for analytical chemistry research in Canada). He has been a recipient of the University of Toronto Faculty Excellence Award (top award for research-teaching-service), a Teaching Excellence Award and numerous service awards. Krull is an editor of Analytica Chimica Acta, a major international journal for analytical chemistry. He serves on a number of Advisory Boards for industry, on Boards for organizations that support acceleration of commercialization opportunities, and is Chair of the Healthy City Stewardship Centre. He occasionally is consulted for technical advice by law firms in civil and criminal cases. Krull is one of the faculty members who created the Forensic Science program at the UTM in collaboration with the Ontario Centre of Forensic Sciences.

 


Alison Weir

Alison Weir
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
Mathematical and Computational Sciences

Tel: 905-828-3946
Email: alison.weir@utoronto.ca

Office: DV 4059B

Alison Weir has a PhD in statistics from the University of Toronto. She is a senior lecturer in statistics at UTM, and her particular interests are applied statistics and statistical literacy. Alison designed a UTM course in statistics for forensic sciences and she’s helped numerous forensic science students with their fourth year projects.

 

Other Faculty News


Eugene Liscio

U of Toronto launches 3D forensics course

"It's going to be the first of its kind, as far as I know," said Eugene Liscio, head of 3D forensics firm AI2-3D and the incoming president of the IAFSM. "There are workshops and other things that you can go to, but nothing in the academic world that I know of."

Read more at Spar Point


Hisham Ragab

Forensics professor analyzes DNA to work a crime scene

Dr. Hisham Ragab, a physician and forensic scientist who joined UTM’s Forensic Science department in July 2011, is an expert in deciphering DNA fingerprints.

Read more at UTM News