Staff

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Travis J. Worst

Position: Director and Assistant Teaching Professor
Phone: 419-372-3224
Email: tworst@bgsu.edu
Address: 116 Life Sciences Building

Dr. Travis J. Worst is the Director of the Ohio Attorney General’s Center for the Future of Forensic Science at Bowling Green State University and an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Chemistry department at Bowling Green State University (BGSU).  While taking on the responsibility for maintaining high academic standards and promoting scholarly research, Dr. Worst also teaches various classes. Prior to joining BGSU, Dr. Worst was a Forensic Scientist for the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).  He worked in the Forensic Biology/DNA section and Drug Identification section over his 10 years.  Dr. Worst also spent two and a half years at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) working in the Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit and the Chemical and Biological Sciences Unit. He received his PhD in Pharmacology from Wake Forest University. His research interests include studying the pharmacological effects of “designer drugs,” namely synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic cathinones, and fentanyl-like compounds as well as the various cannabinoids found in marijuana.

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Jon E. Sprague, R.Ph., Ph.D.

Position: BCI Eminent Scholar
Phone: 419-372-0224
Email: jesprag@bgsu.edu
Address: 116 Life Sciences Building

Dr. Jon Sprague was the Director of the Ohio Attorney General’s Center for the Future of Forensic Sciences at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) from 2014-2019. Prior to joining BGSU, Dr. Sprague was the University Director of Academic Research and Head of Pharmaceutical Sciences for the College of Pharmacy at Ferris State University. Before joining Ferris State University, he served as Dean and Professor of Pharmacology at the Raabe College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University (ONU).

Dr. Sprague was also Chair and Professor of Pharmacology at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Tech University. He received his PhD. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Purdue University and was a faculty member in the College of Pharmacy at Purdue.  

His research interests include studying the hyperthermic mechanisms of the substituted amphetamines, namely 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, Ecstasy) and synthetic cathinones (bath salts).  

He and his wife (Aimee) have two children, Emily and Ryan.

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Jeffrey J. Lynn

Position: Chief, Forensic Standards and Training
Phone: 419-372-6224
Email: jjlynn@bgsu.edu
Address: 116 Life Sciences Building

Jeff Lynn brings 35 years of crime laboratory expertise to the Center for the Future of Forensic Science and BGSU. His career with the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) included responsibilities as a forensic scientist, regional crime laboratory manager and statewide system administrator. Affording him the opportunity to perform scientific analysis on all manner of physical evidence; testify as an expert witness in hundreds of criminal cases; manage a crime laboratory with a wide array of distinctive forensic science disciplines; and guide a large crime laboratory system to international accreditation status. 

Jeff’s practical experience helps inform and optimize the unique government/university partnership established at BGSU in the form of the Center and on-campus BCI facility. His recognition of the strengths and needs of each partner enable him to identify the synergies that move both forward in their common goal of advancing forensic science. As Chief of Forensic Standards and Training he is instrumental in providing professional training opportunities to working forensic scientists, as well as ensuring BGSU students are prepared for real-world forensic science careers.

In order to stay current with the ever changing science and application of forensic investigation, Jeff maintains active involvement with the broader forensic science community. He is currently the President of the Forensic Science Institute of Ohio; a member of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors; and is a certified crime laboratory accreditation assessor. Through the classroom, as well as the creation and delivery of practical, real-world laboratory and crime house exercises for students, he is excited to be able to pass his expertise to the next generation of forensic scientists and CSI learning at BGSU.

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Crystal Oechsle

Position: Assistant Teaching Professor
Phone: 419-372-2861
Email: coechsl@bgsu.edu
Address: 116 Life Sciences Building

Dr. Oechsle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Chemistry from Ohio University in 2007. She began working as a hybrid criminalist, DNA analyst, and crime scene responder for the Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory from 2007 to 2011. During her tenure with MSP, Dr. Oechsle also earned her Master of Science degree in Biomedical Forensic Science from Boston University School of Medicine.

In 2011, Dr. Oechsle started as a DNA analyst with a private forensic DNA company, DNA Labs International, located in Deerfield Beach, Florida. During this time, Dr. Oechsle was appointed as the laboratory’s Quality Assurance Manager, and was later promoted to the role of DNA Technical Leader. In these capacities, Dr. Oechsle was responsible for overseeing laboratory staff and training, validations, and the daily scientific operations of the laboratory.

In 2014, Dr. Oechsle began her doctoral studies at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, while working as a forensic DNA validation consultant for ThermoFisher Scientific’s Human Identification (HID) Professional Services (HPS) group. Dr. Oechsle completed her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology in the summer of 2019, and began teaching forensic biology courses in conjunction with the Center for the Future of Forensic Science at Bowling Green State University in the Fall of 2019. Her current research interests focus on cellular aspects of forensic mixture deconvolution.

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Christina Guinsler

Position: Assistant to the Director, Forensic Science
Phone: 419-372-0224
Email: cguinsl@bgsu.edu
Address: 116 Life Sciences Building

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Jeremy Canfield

Position: Forensic Science Research Technician
Phone: 419-372-3880
Email: canfiej@bgsu.edu
Address: 116 Life Sciences Building