Kira Hurley

Kira Hurley

Kira is a graduate student in the Forensic Science and Law program at Duquesne. Having earned her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Biochemistry through the program already. She earned the Bayer School Excellence Award in Forensic Science and Law.

Kira grew up just outside of Detroit, Michigan, and has always wanted to pursue a career in science. She attended Eastern Michigan University for one year before transferring to Duquesne. The 4+1 program for Forensic Science and opportunity for undergraduate research is what drew her to the school. Upon arriving at Duquesne, she found the professors encouraging in her academic and research pursuits.

She has twice participated with the URP program at Duquesne. In the summer of 2019, she studied the properties of biological fluid beading and DNA yield on jeans. And in the summer of 2020, she did a literature review of DNA extraction from burnt bones.

Kira is a T.A. for the forensic molecular biology classes. Her research focus is the extraction of DNA from burnt bones enhanced by Pressure Cycling Technology.