Director of the Forensic Science Program
Ph.D. McMaster University
B.Sc. University of Western Ontario
Jessica Zarate is a Forensic Science Instructor and Research Scientist at Madonna University. She is a former Michigan Certified Police Officer and while working as a police officer, she developed the Zar-Pro Fluorescent Blood Lifters. Zar-Pro provided a new method to lift, enhance, and preserve blood impression evidence for law enforcement and a United States patent was awarded for this technology.
Zarate began her work at Madonna University in 2009, as the Principal Investigator for a Midwest Forensic Science Research Center grant conducted in collaboration with the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division. She has since began teaching in the Madonna University Forensic Science Program and as a faculty member, she has mentored several student research projects related to fluorogenic enhancement methods for impressions deposited in biofluids. In 2014, she was awarded a National Institute of Justice forensic science research grant conducted in collaboration with the Oakland County Sherriff's Department Forensic Science Laboratory.
Zarate is an Associate Member of the International Association of Identification and frequently presents at professional meetings and has written several forensic sciences related publications. She is also the founder of the Madonna University Cold Case Investigative Research Team and a Committee Member for Missing in Michigan.