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David R. Fisher

Fisher, David R.
Prof of Practice & Forensic Science Prog Director, Chemistry and Environmental Science
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David R. Fisher, MSFS, F-ABC, is a professor of practice and director of the forensic science program in the department of chemistry and environmental science at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Prior to joining NJIT, Mr. Fisher worked for 17 years as a forensic scientist in the Department of Forensic Biology at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in New York City, the largest public DNA laboratory in the nation. He has worked on thousands of criminal cases ranging from homicides, sexual assaults, and property crimes. In addition, he also assisted in the identifications and mass fatality response effort of the World Trade Center in the aftermath of 9/11/01 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Mr. Fisher is a court qualified expert in forensic biology and DNA typing and has testified as an expert witness in trials and in the grand jury on numerous occasions. In addition to casework, he also worked in the R&D section of his department where he supervised a team of criminalists and research scientists in the evaluation and validation of new technologies and methods that were brought on-line to improve lab workflow and efficiency. He also served as an adjunct member of the OCME's Forensic Analysis and Reconstruction Unit, where he performed crime scene investigation and reconstruction.

Mr. Fisher is board certified in general criminalistics by the American Board of Criminalistics and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He is also a site assessor for the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC), the body that accredits academic forensic science programs. He received the Emerging Forensic Scientist Award from the Forensic Sciences Foundation in 2001.


  • MS, Forensic Science, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York (CUNY)
  • BS, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, University of California, San Diego

The central aim of my research interests is to develop methodologies and techniques for crime laboratory improvement, backlog reduction, and forensic casework problems. My research goals include developing high-throughput screening technologies to reduce laboratory backlogs, robotic assay design for DNA typing methods, and new technologies for crime scene investigation.

Fisher, B. & Fisher, D. (2012).Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation, 8th ed. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Fisher, B., Fisher, D. & Kolowski, J. (2007). Forensics Demystified. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.


"Internal Validation of a Quantifiler® Trio Setup Method on the Hamilton® Microlab® STAR". Kelsey Peloso, David Fisher, Kyra McKay, and Kelly Beaty. A poster presentation. American Academy of Forensic Sciences 70th Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, February 21, 2018.

“Why do Y-Screening: Validation of a Novel Sperm Lysis Protocol to Improve Sexual Assault Triaging". Victoria Hsieh, David Fisher*, Robin Cotton, Jeff Hickey, Kirsty Mayall, Orion Scott, David Saul, Delphine LeRoux, Jacqueline DuVall, James Landers. An oral presentation. American Academy of Forensic Sciences 69th Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA, February 16, 2017.

“Medical Examiner and Forensic Science Lab Operations during a Natural Disaster: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy”. David Fisher* and Frank DePaolo. An Oral Presentation. American Academy of Forensic Sciences 66th Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA, February 20, 2014.

"Trial Advocacy in a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault/Homicide Case". Expert Witness and Faculty Member. NYS Prosecutors Training Institute, Inc. Albany, NY, February 27, 2008.

“Response to Hurricane Katrina". David Fisher. Plenary session invited speaker. Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists 32nd Annual Meeting. November, 2006.

"Validation of the Roche® Linear Array Mitochondrial DNA HVI/HVII Region Sequence Typing Kit," David Fisher*, Jason Kolowski, Paul Goncharoff, Mechthild Prinz, Howard Baum, and Robert Shaler. An Oral Presentation. American Academy of Forensic Sciences 57th Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA, February 25, 2005.

"Forensic Biology at the OCME". Invited Speaker at the Immunohematology Laboratory of the NY Blood Center. New York, NY, April 2002.

"The Effects of Presumptive Tests and Fingerprint Enhancing Reagents on Blood in STR Analysis". David Fisher. An Oral Presentation. American Academy of Forensic Sciences 52nd Annual Meeting. Reno, NV, February 2000.