We are dedicated to research, education, and outreach in the forensic sciences.

The CFSRE conducts research, development, and new technology assessment, and delivers educational and training services for the forensic science community and beyond. Our educational programs include short-term placement for visiting scholars and researchers; partnerships to deliver degree programs at area universities; and continuing professional development for forensic scientists, law enforcement, and legal professionals.

Our Mission

We advance the field of forensic science for future and current practitioners as well as members of the justice system by providing innovation, mentorship, advanced technology and expertise to promote progress and quality in the forensic sciences.


Our Vision

Redefining Excellence in Forensic Science

Our Team

The CFSRE is governed by a Board of Directors and led by our management team. Together with our dedicated staff, renowned faculty and fellows we are continuing the vision of our founder, Fredric Rieders. Our team represents a diverse blend of forensic science practitioners, professional educators, widely published researchers as well as thought leaders and innovators in forensic science.




Our Team
Our Facility

Our Facility

The CFSRE is located just north of Philadelphia in Willow Grove, PA, and is easily accessible by local public transportation. The CFSRE occupies 10,000 square feet that houses laboratory and classroom space. The facility has two classrooms which seat 24 persons each, and can be opened to accommodate an audience of up to 60 persons for special presentations and events.

The laboratory is equipped with state of the art instrumentation acquired through the generosity of the Fredric Rieders Family Foundation, and our partners at NMS Labs, Agilent Technologies, Sciex, and Waters. The instrumentation is used exclusively for faculty and student research, as well as for teaching in both our academic programs and our continuing education courses.

The toxicology and chemistry laboratory space includes over 5,000 square feet of sample preparation, teaching space, and instrumentation. The instrument section is outfitted with advanced technology, including several high-resolution mass spectrometer platforms, liquid chromatographs coupled with tandem mass spectrometers and gas chromatographs mass spectrometers from various vendors.

The biology section of laboratory includes 3,000 square feet of sample preparation, teaching space and instrumentation. The space includes a dedicated post amplification room, which also houses the newest STR genotyping technology and equipment. Additionally, the space contains a distinct area for sequencing preparation and a next generation sequencing platform.

Our hours of operation are 7:30 am until 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.