FNSSI, Forensic Science
Center for Science and Technology
Senior Scientist, Forensic Science
Development of modern physical and chemical methods to improve the detection of drugs and drug metabolites in the human body and the environment.
Ph.D., Philipps University Marburg, Germany
Honors & Awards
1996 - Postdoctoral Fellowship, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG, Germany
2003 - Visiting Scientist, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2003
2013 - Distinguished Lecturer and Visiting Scientist Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Food Chemistry, Technical University Graz, Austria,
CHE 106: General Chemistry
FSC/CHE 444: Forensic Chemical Analysis
FSC 644: Forensic Chemical Analysis
Research in my group is generally concerned with the application of new physical and chemical analytical methods to problems in forensic sciences. Postmortem Interval (PMI), or “time since death”, is an integral part of death investigations. In one of our projects we are concerned with establishing a method that allows for the determination of a PMI from bones. The goal is to develop a reliable method to determine a timeline for death when soft tissue is no longer available and other methods offer too wide margins of error to pinpoint the time of death.
Furthermore, in a project in connection with the Upstate New York Poison Center we are investigating sustained release pharmaceuticals and the effects of different preparations and possible remedies on the available concentrations of the particular agents in patients.