New Chair of Forensic Science

January 8, 2019


Tracey Dawson Cruz, Professor of Forensic Science, has been selected as the permanent chair of the Department of Forensic Science after a rigorous internal College search. Tracey joined VCU in 2003 as a joint-appointed Assistant Professor in the departments of Forensic Science and Biology and was tenured in Forensic Science in 2009. She was promoted to the rank of professor of Forensic Science in May 2018. Her scholarship focuses on improving methods for microchip design for forensic micro-total analysis systems, new methods of separation of epithelial/sperm cell mixtures, and discovery and method development for analysis of biomarkers. During her time at VCU, she has authored or co-authored more than 31 peer reviewed articles and book chapters and secured nearly 1.9 million dollars in external funding from sources such as the National Institute of Justice. Congratulations Tracey!