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Dr. Paola A. Prada's Research Group

This is a picture of Dr. Paola A. Prada's research group including Lauren Alejandro, Silas Kemboi, Amanda Patrick, Michael Radford, and Dr. Paola A. Prada.



Picture of graduate student Lauren Alejandro

Lauren Alejandro is a current graduate student working on her Master's degree in Forensic Science at Texas Tech University. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from Texas A & M, Corpus Christi where she majored in Biomedical Sciences and minored in Chemistry. She was involved in two professional internships. One of the internships was with the Corpus Christi Police Department, Crime Scene Unit and the other with Nueces County Medical Examiner's Office to further advance her knowledge within the forensic field. She is the co-author of research presented during the 12th annual PATHWAYS student research symposium in 2015. Her current research includes working with the local police department K-9 unit by utilizing field testing and analytical instrumentation to discover odor concentration levels of canine narcotic training aids at various ages. Lauren is a student member of the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS) and currently serves as vice president for the Forensic Science Society at TTU. Her hobbies include hiking nature trails and traveling.


Picture of graduate student Silas Kemboi

Silas K Kemboi is a master's program student in forensic science at Texas Tech University (TTU). He earned his first B.S degree in Biochemist from Texas Tech University in 2010 and Clinical Laboratory Science from Texas Tech University Health Science Center in 2012. Silas is currently American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certified. Having worked as a Medical Technologist for the last five years in a hospital setting, his ambition to work in forensic Toxicology became unstoppable. Silas is a student member of the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS). He Co-authored a published research on "The β Subunit Loop That Couples Catalysis and Rotation in ATP Synthase Has a Critical Length" while he was an undergraduate student at Texas Tech University.  His current research entails "Human Hand Odor and Drug Abuse: A pilot Study using a Chemical Dependent Target Group" from Lubbock County Court Residential Treatment Center (CRTC). Human odor volatile organic compounds (VOCs) have been studied and identified but no study has ever been studied on how substance abuse affects human odor VOCs production. His research poster was presented at the American Academy of Forensic science (AAFS) in February, 2017. Silas is also student member of (AAFS). Silas's hobbies include farming, running, as well as traveling to various places.


Picture of graduate student Amanda Patrick

Amanda Patrick is a forensic science graduate student pursuing the Scientist track at Texas Tech University. She obtained her Bachelor's degree of Science with Honors in Mathematics at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her previous research projects include building mathematical models to predict outcomes of recycling behavior and analyzing transfer student passing rates. Her current projects include odor profiling condom brands using SPME-GC/MS and studying temperature effects on fingerprint development on condom substrates. In her spare time she likes to draw and go to theater and art gallery events.




Arsenic fed piglets: Assessing arsenic levels in decomposing pig tissues and soil samples, M.S. - 2017


Fingerprint Visualization on Condoms, M.S. – 2016




Institute for Forensic Science