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John Jay College

A senior college of The City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice is the preeminent national and international leader in educating for justice. Set in the heart of New York City, the Upper West Side of Manhattan, with the Hudson River greenway to the West, Central Park to the east, Lincoln Center to the north, and the Chelsea Piers to the south.

In the mid 1950's, civic leaders and the New York City Police Department became increasingly aware of the growing complexity of police work. In response to these concerns, a Police Science Program was established in 1954 at the then Baruch School of Business and Public Administration of City College.  By 1964, a special committee convened by the Board of Higher Education recommended the establishment of an independent degree granting school of police science. The College of Police Science of CUNY was thus established and in September 1965 it admitted its first class of students. The college was renamed John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in honor of the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

John Jay offers students a liberal arts and criminal justice curriculum that balances the sciences, humanities and the arts with professional studies. Offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees, the College is unique in its mission, preparing students to build and sustain just societies by using their talents to make a difference for themselves and others.

The chemistry faculty consists of six members in a variety of subdisciplines including organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry. The department consists of seven faculty of varying subdisciplines including analytical, physical, and polymer chemistry. The faculty are involved in engaging research involving forensic analysis and the ability to analyze physical evidence is increasingly important in the criminal justice system. At John Jay College, scientists are leading the field of forensics, specializing in areas such as criminalistics, spectroscopy, toxicology, serology, and genetic-marker identification.

The Department of Sciences at John Jay College maintains a number of state-of-the-art facilities for research and teaching. Notable among these are the following laboratories:

DNA Analysis Laboratory: John Jay College operates one of the leading research laboratories for forensic DNA analysis. Equipment includes: A) a 310 Genetic Analyzer (Applied Biosystems) single channel capillary electrophoresis system that uses fluorescent based assays DNA fragment analysis and sequencing (application: PCR-STR and mitotyping); B) a 7500 RT-PCR (Applied Biosystems) real-time PCR amplification system (application: DNA quantitation and SNP analysis); C) a 2100 Bioanalyzer (Agilent): lab-on-a-chip electrophoresis system for analysis of nucleic acids and proteins (application: RFLP analysis); and D) a Biomeck 3000 (Beckman-Coulter) robotic liquid handling system for nucleic acid and proteins (application: high throughput DNA extraction, quantitation and PCR sample prep).

Trace Mercury Laboratory: John Jay College operates a state-of-the art facility for trace mercury research. Major mercury analysis instrumentation includes: A) four Tekran 2537A Cold Vapor Atomic Fluorescence spectrometers for airborne mercury analysis to a detection limit of 0.3 ng/m3; B) a Milestone DMA-80 thermal decomposition-based quantification unit for analysis of mercury in solids and solutions in compliance with EPA Method 7473; and C) a Lumex RA 915 zeeman-corrected atomic absorption-based analyzer for portable quantification of airborne mercury to a detection limit of 2 ng/m3. In addition, the laboratory is equipped with support equipment including: i) a Tekran 2505 mercury vapor calibration unit; ii) a StellarNet EPP2000 fiber optic spectrometer for incident light measurement; iii) three ESCO HEPA- and activated carbon-filtered laminar flow hoods to reduce ambient mercury in the working environment to <1 ng/m3; and iv) a 2B Technologies portable ozone monitor. The Trace Mercury Laboratory also maintains a remote research site in collaboration with Hunter College at the Blackrock Research Forest in Cornwall, NY; equipment at this field site includes a Tekran 2537A, a Tekran 2505, and multiple environmental sensors.

Trace Element/ICP-MS Laboratory: John Jay College operates a cutting-edge laboratory for elemental analysis. This laboratory also has the capability to do speciation analysis facilitated by chromatography separation coupled with Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) detection. The major instruments include: A) Thermo X-series ICP-MS with automated Collision Cell Technology (CCTED); B) Cetac ASX510 auto-sampler; C) Thermo P4000 High Performance Liquid Chromatography unit with AS3000 auto-sampler ; and D) Thermo Focus Gas Chromatography unit with AI3000 autosampler. This lab actively participates in research regarding the investigation of multiple trace elements in forensic and environmental samples, trace element speciation, and isotope analysis.

For more information, see the John Jay College Department of Forensic, Chemical and Biological Science website. A list of Chemistry doctoral faculty at John Jay College College is available here.