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Faculty Profile

Murrell Godfrey

Graduate School
Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Chemistry
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115 COULTER HALL
UNIVERSITY, MS 38677
(662) 915-5143
Joined UM: September 2, 2003

Brief Bio

Murrell Godfrey is Associate Professor & Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (UM Graduate School). His educational background is B.S., Dillard University (New Orleans), 1994 Ph.D., University of Mississippi, 2003. His research interests are drug analysis, mechanism of drug-nucleic acid interactions, & nucleic acid chemistry. Forensics is a rapidly expanding field that offers a variety of professional career options. A Bachelor of Science degree in forensic chemistry affords students the flexibility needed to launch an exciting and secure career in federal, state, or local labs associated with crime labs and medical examiner's offices. Other job opportunities for forensic chemists lie in industrial and environmental positions or other fields of forensic science, academia, and administration. A professional forensic chemist is someone who runs tests on evidence found at a crime scene, which is essential for solving crimes. This evidence may include cloth fibers, hair, fingernails, paint chips, glass fragments, blood stains, or other bodily fluids. Characterization of evidence requires extensive knowledge in chemistry, biology, and genetics. As the director of forensic chemistry, I oversee the direction of the Forensic Chemistry Program. My administrative duties include revising the program's curriculum as needed, recruiting and retaining the brightest young minds, developing students' research skills through the use of high-tech analytical techniques from optical methods (ultra violet/visible, infrared, X-ray) and separation analyses (gas chromatography, HPLC, and thin-layer chromatography), and providing majors with academic and career advising. A master's degree in forensic chemistry is being planned.

Degrees

BS
Chemistry
DILLARD UNIVERSITY/ NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA (1994)
PhD
Chemistry
UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI/UNIVERSITY, MISSISSIPPI (2003)

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