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Suzanne Bell, Ph.D.

Chair of the Department of Forensic and Investigative Science, Professor

Chemistry Adjunct Professor


Ph.D. New Mexico State University

Fellow, American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Member of the National Commission on Forensic Science

Research interests in forensic chemistry and ion mobility spectroscopy. Recent news at 

Teaching Fields 

Analytical and forensic chemistry

Courses Offered


“Ion Mobility Spectrometry as a Tool in Evaluating the Efficacy of Cleaning Protocol for Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory Remediation”, McCall, Holly; Moran, Jordan; Yeager, Brittany; Bell, Suzanne, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (2013), 10(1), 26-35.

“Characterization and validation of ion mobility spectrometry in methamphetamine clandestine laboratory remediation”, Moran, Jordan; McCall, Holly; Yeager, Brittany; Bell, Suzanne, Talanta (2012), 100, 196-206.

“Preliminary evaluation of the persistence of organic gunshot residue”, Arndt, James; Bell, Suzanne; Crookshanks, Lindsey; Lovejoy, Marco; Oleska, Casey; Tulley, Tanya; Wolfe, Drew, Forensic Science International (2012), 222(1-3), 137-145.

Nishikawa, RK; Bell, SC; Kraner, JC and Callery, PS; “Potential Biomarkers of Smoked Fentanyl Utilizing Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry”, Journal of Analytical Toxicology 2009, 33(8), 418-422.

Bell, S.; Gayton-Ely, M.; Nida, C. “Bioassays for Bombmakers: Proof of Concept.” Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 2009, 395(2), 401-409.

Bell, S. C.; Nawrocki, H. D.; Morris, K. B. “Forensic discrimination of glass using cathodoluminescence and CIE LAB color coordinates: A feasibility study ” Forensic Science International 2009, 189(1-3), 93-99.

Bell, S. “Forensic Chemistry”, Annual Reviews in Analytical Chemistry 2009, 2, 297-319.


Bell, S.C. Forensic Chemistry, 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2012.

Bell, S. Dictionary of Forensic Science, Oxford University Press, in press, 2012.