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Dr. Peter de B. Harrington
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Director of BS and MS Forensic Chemistry Programs
Dr. Harrington teaches the forensic chemistry capstone class or lab, upper-level analytical chemistry classes and graduate-level classes in separations and chemometrics. Dr. Harrington directed the BS program from 2004-2009.

Dr. Harrington received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, VA) and his PhD from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in Chemometrics.  His research area is chemometrics applied to mass spectrometry and ion mobility spectrometry.

Dr. Harrington has authored or coauthored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and has given numerous plenary lectures at international conferences. He serves on the editorial advisory board of several journals including Analytica Chimica Acta, Talanta, and International Journal of Spectroscopy.


Peter Harrington


Dr. Hao Chen
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr. Chen teaches upper-level analytical chemistry courses, quantitative analysis and graduate-level courses in mass spectrometry and spectroscopy and the forensic DNA class (CHEM 488C).

Dr.Chen received his BS degree from Wuhan University (China) and his PhD from Purdue University with Graham Cooks. Hi research areas include mass spectrometry, ion chemistry and bioanalytical chemistry. He has authored or co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and recently received a young faculty award form the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS).

Hao Chen


Dr. Rebecca (Becky) Barlag
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr. Barlag teaches general chemistry courses, instrumental analysis (CHEM 325), the upper-level electrochemistry class and lab (CHEM 432 and 435) and the arson/explosives class (CHEM 488A).

Dr. Barlag received her BS in forensic chemistry from Ohio University and her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. She frequently publishes peer-reviewed articles related to chemical education in the Journal of Chemical Education and The Chemical Educator.

Rebecca Barlag


Dr. Scott Moody
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Dr. Moody majored in both anthropology and biology as an undergraduate at Harvard University then earned a MS and PhD in Zoology at the University of Michigan.  This diverse education has prepared him for research and teaching in biostatistics, physical anthropology, human (medical) anatomy, entomology, systematic and field botany, historical geology, paleontology, microscopy, animal behavior, vertebrate natural history and evolutionary taxonomy. 

He teaches the forensic biology class (BIOS 364) which incorporates lab topics from the above academic disciplines.  He has supervised several undergraduate students doing independent research involving forensic biology.


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Dr. Nancy Tatarek
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Dr. Tatarek supports the program by teaching tech forensic anthropology class (ANTH 447), and blood, bones and violence (ANTH 448). Dr. Tatarek has won several teaching awards while at Ohio University.

Dr. Tatarek's PhD is from Ohio State in Biological Anthropology and her research focused on skeletal biology. She has completed numerous training courses in forensic anthropology and has been assisting Central Ohio law enforcement with casework for 12 years.  She is the Consulting Forensic Anthropologist for the Franklin County Coroner's Office. As her time allows, she holds independent lab hours each quarter for a small number of students to study osteology and skeletal analysis on an in-depth basis. 

Nancy Tatarek


Dr. Sonja Rawn
Adjunct Professor Chemistry and Biochemistry (main campus) and Law Enforcement Technology (Lancaster campus)
Dr. Rawn holds a BS in Forensic Chemistry (Magna Cum Laude) from Ohio University and a JD (Magna Cum Laude) from Capital University Law School.  She teaches LET 200 Procedures, Rules, and Tests of Evidence, LET 145 Crime Scene Investigation, and LET 250 Vice and Narcotics.
Dr. Rawn recently retired as the Laboratory Director at the State Fire Marshal’s Forensic Laboratory.  She has 25 years of experience in the field of forensic science beginning as a quality assurance and development chemist at the State Fire Marshal’s Laboratory. She also spent time at the Franklin County Coroner’s Office where she served as a forensic toxicologist and laboratory supervisor. 




Dr. James McKean
Associate Professor of Law Enforcement Technology (Chillicothe campus)
Prof. McKean directs the LET program at the Chillicothe campus and teaches numerous LET classes on the Chillicothe and Main campuses. He earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Law Enforcement Technology and a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree from Ohio U-Chillicothe and an MS from Ohio State University. He is currently completing his PhD in counseling and higher education at Ohio U.

Prof. McKean brings valuable experience to our program: he served as the Grove City Chief of Police for 13 years and lectured at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for 3 years.  

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