Robert Allen, Ph.D.
Professor of Forensic Sciences
Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry.
Dr. Allen is a Professor of Forensic Sciences and the Director of the Human Identity Testing Laboratory. He has served as the Director of the H.A. Chapman Institute of Medical Genetics and as the Scientific Director of the American Red Cross. He earned his Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Purdue University and completed postdoctoral work at the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation. Dr. Allen is widely published and active in numerous professional scientific organizations. The focus of his research is variability in human DNA.
Ronald R. Thrasher, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Forensic Sciences
Dr. Thrasher heads the Forensic Psychology track at the OSU Center for Health Sciences and is also a Visiting Assistant Professor for the OSU Department of Sociology. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology at Oklahoma State University, where he also received a master’s degree in corrections and a bachelor’s degree with a double emphasis in biology and psychology. Dr. Thrasher obtained a Criminal Justice Diploma from the University of Virginia while attending the FBI National Academy, Quantico, VA. His areas of expertise include behavioral analysis of violent crime scenes, offender profiling, group deviant behavior, and violent and serial criminal offenders. His writing appears in various publications, and he is a frequent presenter at national, regional, and state conferences. He is also involved in a number of community and professional organizations and currently serves as President of the Payne/Logan County Drug Court. His experience also includes 33 years of service with the Stillwater (OK) Police Department, where he ultimately retired as Deputy Chief of Police.
Jarrad R. Wagner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Forensic Sciences
Forensic Toxicology and Trace Chemistry
Dr. Wagner teaches courses and mentors research students in the area of forensic toxicology and trace chemistry. Dr. Wagner formerly served as a Chemist for the FBI Laboratory, where he worked on crime scene investigations involving hazardous materials. His prior law enforcement experience also includes his time as a Forensic Scientist in the Toxicology section of the Orange County (CA) Sheriff-Coroner’s office and his service as a Reserve Police Officer in the City of Irvine, CA. Dr. Wagner holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California at Irvine. He has published several articles in scientific journals and has made presentations related to forensic science for professional institutes and trainings throughout the world.
Penelope Carr, B.S.
Program Coordinator, Arson and Explosives Investigation
918-561-8424 or 1-800-677-1972, ext. 8424
Before joining the department, Penelope was Resident Program Coordinator for the Department of Surgery at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Tulsa. She has also served as Director of Admissions at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, and for both the College of Optometry and the Graduate and Professional Programs at Pacific University. Ms. Carr holds a B.S. degree from the University of Oregon.
Coordinator, Human Identity Testing Laboratory
Phylis serves as the initial point of contact between the lab and clients from all over the world. She also meets with local clients for the Human Identity Testing Laboratory. Before joining Oklahoma State University, she served as the Coordinator for the Human Identity Testing Laboratory for the H. A. Chapman Institute of Medical Genetics.
John J. Frucci III, Ed.S.
Director of Training, IMPEX
A former bomb squad commander from Newark, New Jersey, Frucci has 20 years of experience in law enforcement. He began his career in 1993 as a sheriff's officer in the Essex County Sheriff's Office in Newark. Frucci has also worked as a detective in the fugitive squad and as a fire explosion investigator for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Arson Task Force. He was lead investigator for a seven-year investigation of the Seton Hall fire in 2000 that killed three and injured 58. Two suspects pleaded guilty and the investigation resulted in a book, documentary and an International Investigator of the Year Award for Frucci.
Frucci earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Rutgers University in 1997. He earned his master's degree in education administration in 2000 and his education specialist degree in education administration and supervision in 2006, both from Seton Hall University.
Jun Fu, Ph.D.
Director Designee, Human Identity Testing Laboratory
Dr. Fu performs relationship testing, reviews and signs data reports for the Human Identity Testing Laboratory, and assists graduate students with research projects in the area of forensic biology. She previously directed clinical testing in the Biochemical Genetics Laboratory for the H. A. Chapman Institute for Medical Genetics. Dr. Fu holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Oklahoma State University and a B.S. degree from Fudan University in Shanghai, China.
Cathy Newsome, M.A.
Adjunct Instructor of Research Methods
Cathy Newsome provides faculty and student support for online learning, curriculum, and program requirements. She holds a Master of Arts from the Educational Technology Leadership Program at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Central Oklahoma. Her background includes teaching at the secondary and college levels.
Jane Pritchard, B.S.
Manager, Human Identity Testing Laboratory
Adjunct Instructor of Quality Assurance
Jane Pritchard has certifications as a Medical Technologist and as a Certified Laboratory Specialist in Molecular Biology. Before joining the OSU staff, she served as the Operations Manager and the Human Identification Laboratory Supervisor at the H. A. Chapman Institute of Medical Genetics. She chaired the National Credentialing Agency’s committee that established the certification examination for molecular biology technologists. She is a past President of the Association of Genetic Technologists and currently serves on the Quality Management Standards and the Relationship Testing committees for the AABB. Ms. Pritchard received her B.S. in Medical Technology from the University of North Carolina.
Allison Veitenheimer, M.S.
Allison Veitenheimer is a Senior Research Assistant working in the OSU Forensic Toxicology and Trace Laboratory and the Center for Improvised Explosives Research and Training (IMPEX). She has experience in method development with both LC/MS/MS and GC/MS in drug and explosives analysis. She holds a Master of Science in Forensic Sciences with an emphasis in toxicology from Oklahoma State University and a Bachelor of Science from Baylor University.