Interview with Northeastern Illinois Regional Crime Laboratory

We have developed strong ties across all industries to help our customers meet application challenges. With this in mind, we have recently released our Forensic Toxicology Guide, which includes NEW and updated applications to help achieve accurate and reliable analysis when testing drugs of abuse, synthetic drugs, and alcohol and metabolites.

Let’s check in with one of our customers in forensic labs to see what they have been up to!

Tell us a little bit about your work? Ex) what industry? Line of work?
I am a forensic scientist who works at a regional crime lab in both the toxicology and drug chemistry sections

What got you interested in this work?
I grew up loving science and my 8th grade science teacher brought in a detective for a forensics unit. We performed superglue fuming of fingerprints with him and I remember thinking that was the coolest thing I had ever seen. When I got to high school, my love of chemistry grew due to another fantastic teacher and I quickly realized I could do both chemistry and forensic science.

What is your favorite part about what you do?
In broad terms, I enjoy helping people. Whether I am helping victims of a fatal DUI or helping the suspect in a traffic accident prove they were not impaired, it is nice to know the work I am doing is helping others.

Favorite tradeshow or conference you have attended? Why?
SOFT (Society of Forensic Toxicologists annual meeting) packs a ton of useful information into one week each year while balancing it with fun networking opportunities. I’ve gained very important contacts from attending this meeting. The workshops at the beginning of the week provide critical training for members of our field, especially newer members. Scientific sessions during the latter part of the week keep scientists up to date on new research and trends in the field.

Thank you to our customers! We love getting to know and helping you out! Download our forensic guide for the latest application sample preparation, HPLC, and GC applications and method development tips.

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