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Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science

Internationally-renowned forensic scientist Dr. Henry C. Lee is acknowledged as a pioneer of modern forensic science and known for cracking the coldest of cases. 

Law enforcement agencies throughout Connecticut and the world are now able to take advantage of Dr. Lee's expertise, thanks to a new state-of-the-art forensic science facility located on the University of New Haven campus.

The $11.5 million Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science building was dedicated on October 15, 2010. On September 20, 2013, the building that houses the facility was dedicated John and Leona Gehring Hall in honor of John Gehring ’52 A.S. and his wife, Leona, in recognition of their transformational gift commitment that will support the Lee Institute. 

The Institute features:

  • A Forensic Learning Center including advanced laboratories, virtual crime-scene training modules and classrooms to train police, lawyers, investigators and students in new concepts and practices in forensic investigation. The Center also features sophisticated forensic technologies such as ground-penetrating radar for locating buried bodies and evidence, a high-intensity laser for bullet trajectory reconstruction, portable instrumentation for analysis of chemical and biological matter, and a teleforensic satellite internet system. 
  • A Forensic Crisis Management Command Center, where criminal investigators connect via satellite with local, state and federal law enforcement, FEMA and other governmental agencies to share time-sensitive forensic information. With this technology, Dr. Lee, UNH faculty and law enforcement agencies across Connecticut and nationwide can solve some of the country's toughest crimes by examining and discussing evidence in real time as though they were physically present at a crime scene. 
  • A Learning Center that serves as an interactive public resource, offering hands-on forensic science exhibits, visual displays of historic cases, reconstructed crime scenes, classrooms and laboratories.

You can make a donation in support of the Institute by clicking here.

For more information about establishing a major gift for the Henry C. Lee Institute in your name or in memory of a loved one, please contact Jackie Koral, associate vice president of development, at 203.932.7462 or

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