Develop skills in DNA Analysis

  • Implement the use of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations as it relates to the duties of a crime lab technician
  • Articulate the results of DNA analyses appropriately in oral and written forms
  • Use critical thinking to evaluate options and implement solutions to problems encountered when handling DNA evidence in the crime laboratory



Crime Laboratory Technician Certificate

Learn to analyze physical evidence to determine significance to criminal investigations.

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Crime Scene Practice Certificate

Gain additional knowledge in crime scene practice through Madonna’s Criminal Justice program.

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Graduate Certificate in Applied Forensic Science Research

Gain advanced research competencies to conduct complex forensic investigations.

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Faculty Bios

Jessica ZarateAssistant Professor, Forensic Science

M.S. National University

B.S. Madonna University

B.H.S. Ferris State University



Jessica Zarate

Ms. Jessica Zarate, MS is currently an assistant professor in the FEPAC accredited undergraduate Forensic Science Program at Madonna University teaching forensic science coursework including impression and pattern evidence. She was a Michigan certified police officer for eight years and is the inventor of the Zar-Pro™ Fluorescent Blood Lifters (US Patent 8,025,852 B2).

She has worked in impression analysis, for over 9 years, including during her time as a Police Officer with the Northville City Police Department when she collaborated with Michigan State Police Northville Forensic Science Laboratory, Latent Print Unit with research and development in the area of impression enhancement.

Her research work is focused within the impression evidence discipline, publishing on a fluorogenic method for lifting, enhancing, and preserving bloody impression evidence, recovering bloody impressions from difficult substrates, including from human skin, and defining methods to create consistent and reproducible fingerprint impressions deposited in biological fluids on a variety of substrates.

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Stephanie GladyckAssistant Professor, Forensic Science

Ph.D. Wayne State University

M.S. Syracuse University

B.S. Madonna University



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Stephanie Gladyck

Dr. Stephanie Gladyck is an alumna of the Forensic Science Program at Madonna University (Class of 2013), has a MS in Forensic Science with a concentration in Forensic Biology from Syracuse University (2015), and received her PhD in Molecular Genetics and Genomics from Wayne State University’s School of Medicine (2021).

Dr. Gladyck is a mitochondrial biochemist, with experience in ancient DNA analysis, forensic anthropology, molecular biology, and genetics. You can find her teaching various forensic science, chemistry, and biology courses in The Fran. She is very excited to be back at Madonna University as a faculty member!

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