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Peter Bush

Director of the South Campus Instrument Center
University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Forensic dentistry, bite mark analysis, victim identification

Peter Bush can speak to the media on the validity of bite mark analysis as evidence in criminal investigations, and on methods to identify victims using dental records and DNA evidence.

With UB colleague Mary Bush, he helped identify several of the victims in the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 in Clarence, New York. The Bushes’ current work centers on creating a database of the chemical and physical properties of dental materials – used for fillings, crowns, dentures and more – that can be referenced for victim identification.

Their research on bite mark analysis, which found bite marks to be a flawed form of evidence, has been cited in several court cases, including the prominent trials of Douglas Prade and Clarence Brian Dean. In 2014, Mary Bush also presented the Bushes’ research on bite mark analysis during a congressional hearing on forensic science.

CONTACT:

Peter Bush
Research Instructor
Director of the South Campus Instrument Center

University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine

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