Areas of Expertise: Forensic and clinical toxicology
I studied Pharmacy and I did my PhD in Forensic Toxicology at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). During my postdoc, I worked in the Clinical and Forensic Toxicology field at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in Baltimore, MD. I really love Forensic and Clinical Toxicology because I think they are a direct application of laboratory work to solve real world problems. Forensic and Clinical Toxicology involves an Analytical Chemistry approach, to develop analytical methods for the determination of licit and illicit drugs in biological specimens, and a Pharmacology and Toxicology side, interpreting these analytical results, what they really mean and their biological implications and consequences.
My main research interests focuses on alternative biological matrices in Forensic and Clinical Toxicology (oral fluid, hair, nails), study of new endogenous biomarkers to detect drug abuse, and the bioanalysis of drug exposure during pregnancy.