Gina M. Londino-Smolar

Senior Lecturer, Forensic & Investigative Sciences; Faculty Fellow, Teaching and Learning Technologies

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(317) 274-6820


  • B.S., Chemistry, Ball State University, Muncie, IN (2004)
  • M.S., Analytical Chemistry, Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN (2006), Thesis Advisor: Jay A. Siegel, Analysis of pigmented inks using pyrolysis gas chromatography mass spectrometry.  

Publications & Professional Activity


  • Lowe, M.S., Londino-Smolar, G., Wendeln, K.E.A. et al. “Promoting academic integrity through a stand-alone course in the learning management system.” Int J Educ Integr 14, 13 (2018).
  • K. Mirakovits and G. Londino. The Basics of Investigating Forensic Science: A Laboratory Manual. CRC Press, Boco Raton, FL; 2016.
  • G. Londino and S. Mehling. “Forensic Comparison of Trace Materials: Applying a Color Standard for Image Consistency and Reliability” ChromaCal Case Study, (2015).
  • K. Mauser, J. Sours, J. Banks, R. Newbrough, T. Janke, L. Shuck, L. Zhu, G. Ammerman, and P. Varma-Nelson. “Cyber Peer-Led Team Learning (cPLTL): Development and Implementation” Educase Quarterly, 34 (2011).
  • J. Eckstein, G. Ammerman, J. Reveles, B. Ackermann. “Analysis of glutamine, glutamate, pyroglutamate, and GABA in cerebrospinal fluid using ion pairing HPLC with positive electrospray LC/MS/MS” Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 171: 190-196 (2008).
  • J. Eckstein, G. Ammerman, J. Reveles, B. Ackermann. “Simultaneous profiling of multiple neurochemical pathways form a single cerebrospinal fluid sample using GC/MS/MS with electron capture detection” Journal of Mass Spectrometry, 43: 782-790 (2008).
  • G. Ammerman. “Analysis of Pigmented Inks using Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry” Masters’ Thesis, Purdue University (2006).
  • P. Method, J. Siegel, and G. Londino.  “Comparison of blood and duplicate breath testing for ethanol in Indiana” Journal of the Alcohol Testing Alliance, Volume 15, Issue 1: 17-21 (2006).

Professional Activities:

  • G. Londino-Smolar. “High-Impact Practices in Forensic Science Education workshop.” American Academy of Forensic Sciences, AAFS 2020 Meeting, Anaheim, CA. 17 February 2020.
  • G. Londino-Smolar. “Let’s Solve It: Designing an Interactive and Engaging Online Forensic Science Laboratory Course.” American Academy of Forensic Sciences Conference, Anaheim, CA; 21 February 2020.
  • G. Londino. “Engaging Students in Large Lecture Classrooms” Innovative Teaching with Active Learning Methods – Implementation in forensic science education. American Academy of Forensic Sciences, AAFS 2018 Meeting, Seattle, WA. 19 February 2018.
  • G. Londino, K. Wendeln, K. Thedwall. “Creating a Culture of Change for Academic Integrity at an Urban US University”. Asia Pacific Conference on Educational Integrity, University of Sydney, Australia. 6 November 2017.
  • G. Londino and J. Siegel. “Forensic Microscopy: How to use a microscope in forensic science” Bicentennial Conference in Chemical Education, Penn State University, State College, PA. 30 July 2012.


Awards and Honors:

  • Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) member since 2019
  • School of Science Trustees’ Teaching Award (2018)
  • American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners Travel Award (2014)
  • IUPUI Favorite Professor (2009 and 2010, 2013)
  • IUPUI Outstanding Educator Award (2011)
  • School of Science Trustee’s Teaching Award (2011)
  • Trace Evidence Symposium Travel Award (2011)

Awarded Grants:

  • School of Science Technology Funds ($19870), "Acquisition of Digital Cameras for Student Microscopes.", 2019
  • Center for Teaching and Learning Curriculum Enhancement Grant, ($5000), "Investigating Forensic Science Laboratory — Creating an Online Section.", 2019
  • School of Science Technology Funds ($14490), “Acquisition of Hot Stage System for Thermal Microscopic Analysis”, 2017
  • School of Science Teaching Support ($9374), “Acquisition of 5 Compound Light Microscopes and 2 Stereomicroscopes”, 2015
  • School of Science Teaching Support ($30000), “Acquisition of Fourier Transform Infrared Microscope”, 2015.
  • School of Science Teaching Support ($27114), “Acquisition of 6 Polarizing Light Microscopes”, 2014
  • School of Science Teaching Support ($20833), “Acquisition of Gas Chromatography with Flame Ionization Detector for Pyrolysis of Forensic Evidence”, 2011.
  • School of Science Technology Funds ($6000), “Acquisition of UV-Vis Spectrometer”, 2011
  • School of Science Technology Funds ($5000), “Acquisition of Polarizing Light Microscopes”, 2010
  • Center for Teaching and Learning, Jump Start Grant ($5000), “Development of Concepts in Forensic Science 1 into an Online Summer Course”, 2009.
  • School of Science Technology Funds ($10752), “Acquisition of Polarizing Light Microscopes and Stereomicroscopes”, 2008