Director of Science Covance Inc. Westampton, New Jersey
Our group are exploring the chemical information that can be left behind in a fingerprint and detected using mass spectrometry imaging and profiling techniques (liquid chromatography, paper spray, matrix assisted laser desorption ionisation and secondary ion mass spectrometry). We are working with clinicians and forensic providers to use fingerprints to (a) improve the recovery of fingermarks at crime scenes and (b) explore the possibility of using fingerprints as a drug testing matrix. This talk will describe our work on exploring the significance of detecting cocaine and heroin in a fingerprint by comparing fingerprints produced by direct contact with a drug to those produced after ingestion of a substance. We will also present recent work which is exploring therapeutic drug testing from a fingerprint for testing adherence to antibiotic and antipsychotic medications.
- Understand the challenges and opportunities associated with fingerprint based drug testing
- Gain an overview of the tools and methods that can be used for fingerprint analysis
- Gain an appreciation for an emerging research area at the intersection of forensics and medical testing