I analyze blood and other biological specimens for the presence of drugs and alcohol in drug driving cases and post mortem individuals. I also go to court to testify about my analysis.
Undergrad degree: Spanish
Favorite class in college: Organic chemistry
Changing majors: I had originally declared a Spanish major only, but then added on Chemistry as a second major during my Junior year.
Graduate degree: Forensic Science
College to career: After obtaining my undergraduate degree I worked in an environmental lab for two years before attending graduate school. I then started my current position after obtaining my master's degree. My undergraduate degree in Chemistry was helpful in pursuing my career, but the spanish degree did not play much of a factor.
Career influences: I had always had an interest in forensics since high school, and through my graduate toxicology coursework I became very interested in forensic toxicology.
- Journal of Forensic Sciences ( Website )