About


The Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science at the University of New Haven was conceived by Dr. Lee and other forensic scientists in the early 1990s and opened on the University of New Haven campus in the fall of 1998. Dr. Henry C. Lee, the Institute’s founder, has been a member of the UNH faculty since 1975. His internationally renowned reputation as one of the world’s leading forensic scientists coupled with the University of New Haven’s 35 year history as one of the foremost academic forensic programs in the country was the catalyst for the creation of the Institute. These strengths imbue the Institute with a solid core of competency and expertise in the field of public safety and forensic science.

In 2010, the Institute of Forensic Science opened a new facility on the University campus. The building houses a crime scene center, high-tech forensic room, a crisis management center and three classrooms. In addition, there is a state-of-the-art learning center that utilizes the latest in virtual instruction and touch screen technology to bring in-depth information regarding various areas of forensic science to students from around the world.

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The Institute’s panel of fellows, advisers and staff, and the faculty of the Forensic Science Department at the University of New Haven are practitioners who have long been involved in research, product evaluation or procedure development in various forensic disciplines and crime scene sub-disciplines. In addition, fellows and faculty provide expert case consultations to attorneys and law enforcement agencies on a wide variety of scientific and legal questions.

about_img2The Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science links scholars, researchers, students, forensic scientists, law enforcement, the legal community and professional practitioners in many fields to address the scientific and social issues confronting forensic science and the criminal justice system throughout the world. Through training, consultation, research and a unique public learning center, the Institute’s goal is to make the criminal justice system more effective. This is achieved through more accurate and cost effective crime scene investigations and better crime prevention measures. The Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science marks the State of Connecticut as a world leader in the arena of public safety and forensic science. The Institute specializes in interdisciplinary research, training, testing, consulting and education in forensic science.

Our Ties to the University of New Haven

Dr. Lee has been a member of the faculty at the University of New Haven since 1975 and helped establish one of the foremost academic forensic programs in the world. The University and its students are world-renowned in this field. You can visit www.newhaven.edu to find out more about undergraduate and graduate study in UNH’s Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences.

The Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science is housed in a state-of-the-art building on the UNH campus. While we work hand-in-hand toward a common goal, it is important to note the Lee Institute is a separate entity that works closely with UNH.

Through training, consultation, research and a unique public learning center, the Institute’s goal is to make the criminal justice system more effective. Toward that goal, we provide unique and effective training programs and cutting edge resources to professionals in the law enforcement fields.

More About Dr. Lee

Dr. Henry C. Lee is the founding father of the Institute. The legendary investigator is known for finding the tiniest clues. He has even solved a murder without a body. Find out more about the world-famous investigator on https://www.facebook.com/DrHenryLee.