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Kelvin J. Frank Jr.

Forensic Science Lecturer / Postdoctoral Research Associate, Florida International University

Kelvin J. Frank, Ph.D, is a Forensic Science lecturer and postdoctoral research associate at Florida International University’s Global Forensic and Justice Center and department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. As a researcher, Kelvin's work has focused primarily on the analysis of volatile organic compounds for canine targets of interest such as explosives, drugs, mass storage devices and biological samples. He is the lead author of the book chapter, "Explosive Detection by Dogs" in the recently published, Counterterrorist Detection Techniques of Explosives 2nd edition. Kelvin's research has been presented at national and international conferences including the American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual meeting, HITS K9 Seminar and the International Working Dog Conference. Since 2017, Kelvin has served as a certifying official for FIU’s Global Forensic and Justice Center canine team certification program where he has certified hundreds of law enforcement canine teams from local and national agencies including Florida Highway Patrol, Miami-Dade Police Department, City of Miami Police Department, and New York Police Department Counterterrorism Bureau.


  • 2021–present
    Forensic Science Lecturer, Florida International University
  • 2021–present
    Postdoctoral associate, Florida International University


  • 2021 
    Florida International University, Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry