Associate Professor of Chemistry
Areas of Expertise: Analytical chemistry and environmental forensic toxicology
When I was growing up, I admired my parents and their scientific careers. My mother was a physician and my father was a senior engineer. Their love of science had a great deal of influence on my interest in this field as well. In high school, I excelled in both chemistry and physics, which also led to my pursuing a scientific career. As a senior in college, I was able to publish my first paper, which was very exciting for me. As one of the top students, I was easily accepted to a prestigious graduate program that
allowed me to learn about solid phase microextraction. My lab was one of the first to really develop this relatively new technique. It was exciting to be involved in something so new.
My research interests include method development of novel sample preparation techniques, especially microextraction, and their application to environmental and forensic analysis; elucidation of multi-element fingerprints of forensically important trace evidence; and investigation of trace level arsenic in environmental and biological samples.