IFAAS is a statewide research II institute that provides services and training to the medico-legal community throughout Florida. We also provide services
and accept cases from out of State. The central Florida region comprise the primary partners in the majority of IFAAS programming, including: Medical
Examiner Districts 5, 6, 10 & 13; Sheriff Offices in Pasco, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sumter, & Marion counties; as well as the Tampa &
Temple Terrace Police Departments.
For Forensic Anthropology Laboratory
The Forensic Anthropology Laboratory at USF provides a range of services, research, training and professional development in human identification, living
person age estimation, trauma analysis and expert testimony.
Crime Scene & Field Team
Staff provide a range of services for crime scene and fieldwork including clandestine grave search and recovery and grave excavation.
Geochemistry & Forensic Isotope Laboratories
A number of research tools and laboratories at USF are utilized for the chemical analysis of organic remains that may provide scientific information on
what water, foods, or elements were consumed and in what quantities, since isotopic and elemental values in plants and animals are passed on to their
consumers. These methods reconstruct diet and complement strontium and lead isotope analyses in addressing human mobility, geographical areas of origin,
and human identification.
Digital radiographic imaging is conducted in the Forensic Anthropology Laboratory for skeletal pathology, dental analysis, and trauma analysis.
3D laser scanning is used to create 3D models of traumatic bone injuries. Scanning and modeling are used to create facial reconstructions and to digitally
enhance post-mortem images for public viewing in cases of John and Jane Does. 3D models can be printed for consultation or jury presentation.
Forensic imaging consists of facial approximations, composites of unknown persons, clothing reconstructions, manipulation of decedent photos for public
viewing, 3D visualization of skeletal trauma and injuries, and site mapping.
The development of a facial approximation of what the decedent may have looked like prior to death, is completed by using a 3D laser scan of the skull to create a 2D computer generated composite. These images may be based on postmortem or autopsy photographs or reconstructed from skeletal remains. Information generated for the biological profile is used in combination with the unique boney architecture of the skull. Photographic reconstructions of clothing, jewelry, artifacts, or teeth are also possible. These images are given to law enforcement. The images are shown to the public in hopes someone will recognize the victim and call authorities. Approximations or reconstructions are never used to make a positive identification, but rather are used to trigger the memory of someone who knew the victim, thereby creating a presumptive identification.