Dr. Denise Abboud
Regional Forensic Manager at International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

I have learned how to apply scientific principles to resolve legal issues and how to use physical evidence collected from crime scenes to determine scientific facts fairly and objectively. I developed a scientific approach and technical methods to study traces originating from a criminal activity, or controversial issue in civil, regulatory or administrative matters. I also had the opportunity to analyze physical evidence from different scenes and individuals. Working in the laboratories of the University of Strathclyde, University of Lausanne and the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office & Forensic Labs introduced me to traces, marks and impressions; including but not limited to the examination of fibres, glass, and paint analysis, drug profiling, toxicology, external body examination and autopsies etc... Furthermore, riding with the Crime Scene Unit of Forth Worth Police Department, Texas familiarized me with the principles and practices of recovery, packaging and labeling of evidence.
Developing all these skills has given me confidence in my choice and urged me to look for opportunities to become a competent and distinguished forensic scientist. Consequently, I have shaped a clearer image of what would be my next step and what specifically I would like to work on.