Assistant Professor of Forensic Science
Office: Baker-Hebron 102
Phone: (563) 425-5220
Dr. Kerry Opel, Assistant Professor of Forensic Science, earned bachelor’s degrees in anthropology from the University of Maryland and forensic chemistry from Ohio University as well as a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Denver before completing her doctorate in chemistry from Florida International University. Dr. Opel is responsible for initiating the forensic science program at Upper Iowa University, and she currently instructs all courses in that program.
Dr. Opel has co-authored several articles found in such publications as the Journal of Forensic Science, including four where she was lead author. She is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Her main research interests are in extraction, quantification, and analysis of degraded and compromised human DNA as well as PCR inhibition.
In her free time, Dr. Opel enjoys cross-stitch, cooking, gardening and dog training. She has a special interest in primitive technology, including atlatl, ancient weapons that predate bows and arrows. Dr. Opel regularly participates in atlatl accuracy contests. She is a member of the UIU Pep Band.
Office Hours: M-F 9-11 AM or 2-4 PM
“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but rather ‘Hmm, that’s funny’.” – Isaac Asimov