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Student and Graduate Research


The OSU Forensic Toxicology and Trace Laboratory has several primary research interests, including: 

 

  • Analytical method development and validation in forensic toxicology and trace chemistry.  
  • Analytical method development and validation in clinical toxicology applications.  
  • Working in conjunction with the Center for Fire and Explosives Effects (CENFEX), also located at OSU-CHS.

Students participate in research as part of their graduate education in the OSU School of Forensic Sciences. Students are assisted in finding employment upon graduation.  Former students are employed in clinical or forensic toxicology facilities--including public crime laboratories--throughout the United States. 

 

  • Current Student Research Projects
    • Paige Fisk, MS Thesis, Forensic Sciences, OSU CHS, in process
    • Zach Ridge, MS Thesis, Forensic Sciences, OSU CHS, in process
    • McCayla Lopez, MS Thesis, Forensic Sciences, OSU CHS, in process
    • Kacey Cliburn, Ph.D. Dissertation, “The Role of Cannabinoids in Aviation Toxicology,” OSU CVHS, in process
    • Austin Ciesielski, D. Dissertation, "Atmospheric Characterization of Illicit Drug Production," OSU CVHS, in process
    • Kylene Carlson, MS Thesis, Forensic Sciences, “Comparison of Chiral Methamphetamine Separations in Urine,” OSU CHS, Expected Spring 2018
    • Jessica Revelle, MS Thesis, Forensic Sciences, “Evaluation of Enzyme Hydrolysis Efficiency in Multiple Drug Classes,” OSU CHS, Expected Spring 2018
    • Katie Welch, MS Thesis, Forensic Sciences, “Urine Analysis for Drugs of Abuse Using Specialized Extraction Tips,” OSU CHS, Expected Spring 2018
  • Graduate Research Projects
    • Matthew K. Green, Ph.D. Dissertation, “Environmental Impacts of Clandestine Laboratories--Detection of Trace Chemicals and their Health Impact,” OSU CVHS, 2017
    • Austin Ciesielski, MS Thesis, Forensic Sciences, “Characterization of Clandestine One Pot Methamphetamine Laboratories Using Gas Chromatography- Mass Spectrometry and Liquid Chromatography- Tandem Mass Spectrometry,” OSU CHS, 2017
    • Maegen Sloan, MS Thesis, Forensic Sciences, “Development of a LC-MS/MS Method to Detect and Quantify Pyridostygmine in Plasma,” OSU CHS, 2017
    • Allison Veitenheimer, Ph.D. Dissertation, “Evaluation of Oral Fluid as a Specimen to Detect Controlled Substances,” OSU CVHS, Spring 2016
    • Dane Robertson, MS Thesis, Forensic Sciences, “Evaluation of Sweat as an Evidential Specimen in Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault,” OSU CHS, 2016
    • April Mitchell, MS Thesis, Forensic Sciences, “Separation of D- And L-Methamphetamine in Postmortem Samples via Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS),” OSU CHS, 2016
    • Madison Sanders, MS Thesis, Forensic Sciences, “Manufacture of Improvised Peroxide Explosives with a Non-traditional Peroxide Source,” OSU CHS, 2016
    • Kristin Dickerson, MS Thesis, Forensic Sciences, “Development of a Synthetic Cannabinoids Panel for Evaluation of Clinical Specimens,” OSU CHS, 2016
    • Sunday Saenz, MS Thesis, Forensic Sciences, “Analysis and Distribution of THC, 11-OH-THC, and THC-COOH in Postmortem Fluids and Tissues,” OSU CHS, 2016
    • Travis Brachtenbach, MS Thesis, Forensic Sciences, “Method Development for the Detection of Synthetic Cathinones and Investigation of Their Metabolism Using Human Microsomes”, OSU CHS, 2016
    • Mark Dixon, MS Creative Component, Forensic Sciences, “A Methodology for a Standardized Controlled Substance Analysis Curriculum for Forensic Science Educational Programs,” OSU CHS, 2015
    • Treena Wiebe, MS Thesis, Forensic Sciences, “Detection of Drug Residues from Wipe Samples in Socioeconomic Study,” OSU CHS, 2015
    • Vanessa Perez, MS Creative Component, Forensic Sciences, “Development of a Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) Method for Detecting Synthetic Cannabinoids in Urine,” OSU CHS, 2015
    • Matthew Green, MS Thesis, Forensic Sciences, "Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry of Fire Debris Evidence at Suspected Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratories,” OSU CHS, 2014
    • Melissa Windham, MS Thesis, Forensic Sciences, “A Comparison of Sample Preparation Methods for Forensic Opiate Analysis by Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS),” OSU CHS, 2013
    • Julia McClouth, MS Thesis, Forensic Sciences, “Validation and Optimization of a Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) Method for Urine Monitoring in Pain Management,” OSU CHS, 2013
    • Kelly Spencer, MS Thesis, Forensic Sciences, “Investigation of Trace Nitrated Explosive Residues on Construction Materials,” OSU CHS, 2011
    • Monica Vermillion, MS Thesis, Forensic Sciences, “Development of a Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) Method for the Analysis of Peroxide Explosive Residues on Building Materials,”  OSU CHS, 2011
    • Minh Ngo, MS Thesis, Forensic Sciences, “Development of an Analytical Method for Vinca Alkaloids Using Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS),” OSU CHS, 2010
    • Allison Veitenheimer, MS Thesis, Forensic Sciences, “Development of Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) Methods for Exploration of Currency Contamination with Controlled Substances,” OSU CHS 2010
    • Stephanie Olofson, MS Thesis, Forensic Sciences, “Analysis of Traditional and Peroxide Explosive Residues via Capillary Electrophoresis,” OSU CHS, 2009
    • Susie Talbert, MS Thesis, Forensic Sciences, “Quantitative Analysis of Acetone in Blood via HS-GC/FID,” OSU CHS, 2009

 

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