Florida Chemist Awarded $324K To Help Solve Sex Crimes
As a forensics chemist, Bridge focuses on the analysis of evidence collected from crime scenes. The Ph.D., who is a professor at the University of Central Florida (UCF), was awarded a grant of $324,000 for her research, leading to new ways to analyze evidence from sexual assault investigations.
Her areas of expertise are analyzing forensics in cases involving explosives and lubricants. Her goal is creating a publicly accessible database for forensics teams to analyze evidence from sexual crime scenes involving lubricants (and yes, in many cases, that means condoms).
“I got the idea looking at lubricants at my last job. We have a characterization scheme for fire,” Bridge explains. She says that, based on chemical analysis, investigators can tell whether a fire involves gasoline, charcoal, or other substances.