In addition to our full time staff, our renowned faculty, selected from forensic science practitioners, professional educators, and widely published researchers, are thought-leaders and innovators in forensic science practice.
Ali AlouieForensic Chemistry
Ed Barbieri, PhDedbarbieri@nmslabs.com
Guest Lectures in Forensic Toxicology
Dr. Barbieri is currently a Forensic Toxicologist, Toxicology Technical Leader, and Assistant Laboratory Director with NMS Labs. Before joining NMS Labs in 1998, Dr. Barbieri was a tenured, Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Hahnemann University, School of Medicine and Graduate School. In addition, he was a member of the Division of Toxicology in the Department of Pharmacology and was the Operations Director of the Stat Toxicology Laboratory both at Hahnemann University and at NMS. In addition, he worked for several years as a staff pharmacist and has maintained his license as a Registered Pharmacist in Pennsylvania. Dr. Barbieri obtained a B.S. in Pharmacy, an M.S. in Pharmacology, and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. He is a member of a number of professional societies including the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, the American Academy of Forensic Science, the Society of Forensic Toxicology, and the Americam Chemical Society. It the past he has been a reviewer and a member of the Editorial Boardand is a reviewer for the prestigious Journal of Analytical Toxicology. He has published extensively and has participated in 53 presentations at national and/or international scientific meetings.
Megan Boll, MSFSMegan.Boll@nmslabs.com
Megan Boll received her Bachelor of Arts from the College of St. Benedict in Biology. She obtained a Master of Science in Forensic Science degree from Arcadia University. Her areas of research focused on optimizing the DNA recovery from pipe bombs after being rendered-safe by various techniques; which was presented at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the Pennsylvania Forensic Science Research Exchange.
Currently, Megan teaches the Forensic Genetics course at the Center for Forensic Science Research and Education. In this role, Megan teaches forensic biology methods as well as laboratory techniques for. She also assists in forensic biology research projects. She is currently employed at NMS Labs in Willow Grove, PA as a forensic biologist. Megan is also a member of the professional organizations, American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), and the International Society of Forensic Genetics (ISFG). She has also recently received her certification through the American Board of Criminalistics.
Instrumental Analysis/Analytical Forensic Toxicology
Advanced Analytical Forensic Toxicology
Francis Diamond is Technical Leader in the Criminalistics division of NMS labs. He is a graduate of Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales (now De Sales University) with a B.S in Chemistry. He has worked at NMS labs for 33 years. His areas of expertise are in the techniques of separation and detection. He has developed analytical methods for measurements of various drugs such as amphetamines, opiates, benzodiazepines, and general unknown screening. He has developed and integrated analytical techniques including derivatization, solid-phase extraction and deconvolution of mass spectral data. He has authored and co-authored numerous papers in the field of analytical toxicology. He has also participated in collaborative studies with instrument manufacturers and government agencies.
Rod Gullberg, MS, PstatMeasurement Uncertainty
Rod G. Gullberg has been a key contributor to the forensic science literature on breath alcohol testing, quality control and measurement variability and uncertainty for over thirty years. He has taught at the internationally renowned Borkenstein Course at Indiana University since 1989. His lectures on elementary statistics contribute significantly to the course as he seeks to make the material practical and relevant. Rod is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Statistical Association, and has testified and presented throughout the United States on issues related to forensic measurement and metrology. His open, enthusiastic, and approachable style have made him a much sought after resource by scientists and attorneys over the years.
Patrick HardingCourtroom Testimony Skills
Patrick Harding retired as supervisor of the Toxicology Section of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) on December 30, 2012 after working 35 years at the WSLH. For more than 30 years Patrick functioned as a technical expert for WSLH alcohol testing programs and as an analyst for alcohol and other substances in biological specimens. Besides administrative duties related to the general operation of the Toxicology Section, his duties included coordinating the laboratory’s blood alcohol testing program, overseeing the administration of Wisconsin’s blood alcohol proficiency testing program and providing scientific support for Wisconsin’s breath alcohol testing program. Expert testimony in blood and breath alcohol cases (over 750), analysis of blood specimens, employee training and outreach activities were included in these duties.
Patrick has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and has completed numerous courses covering alcohol-related topics. He is a former chair of the National Safety Council Committee on Alcohol and Other Drugs, on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Chemical Testing, is a member of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science, a member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He has co-authored papers on breath and blood alcohol testing and co-authored a breath alcohol testing chapter in Medicolegal Aspects of Alcohol, as well as a special topic monograph for American Prosecutors Research Institute entitled “Alcohol Toxicology for Prosecutors.”
Patrick has been recognized for his professional contributions to forensic toxicology and highway safety, having received IACT’s Kurt M. Dubowski award (2005), The NSC Robert F. Borkenstein Award (2007) and the AAFS Toxicology Section Ray Abernethy Award (2013).
Patrick has been an instructor at the Robert F. Borkenstein Course on Alcohol, Drugs and Highway Safety: Testing, Research and Litigation since 2002 and Assistant Course Director since 2012.
Heather HarrisForensic Chemistry
Advanced Forensic Chemistry
Toxicologist and Adjunct Professor
Dr. Kacinko is a Toxicologist at NMS Labs and an Adjunct Professor in the department of chemistry at the Community College of Philadelphia and Arcadia University. She earned a Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Maryland and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to arriving at NMS Labs, Dr. Kacinko worked for the National Institute on Drug abuse and for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as a forensic chemist. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology and a member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the International Society of Forensic Toxicologists.
Courtroom Testimony Skills
Laura is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz graduating with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She then obtained a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Rochester. Currently, Laura serves as an Instructor at the Center for Forensic Science Research & Education. In this role, Laura teaches classes about postmortem forensic toxicology, human performance impairment and best testimony practices. Laura’s current research interests include the identification of chemical agents used to commit drug facilitated crimes, the role of synthetic cannabinoids and novel psychoactive substances in cause of death determinations, and hair analysis in the pediatric population. Laura is Board Certified by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) and the American Board of Clinical Chemistry (ABCC) in the area of Toxicological Chemistry. She has been recognized by ABCC with an outstanding speaker award and currently serves as a NEAFS Research Grant Committee Member and as an Advisory Board Member for the Professional Science Master’s Program in Forensic Toxicology (Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences and The Center for Forensic Science Research & Education, at the Fredric Rieders Family Foundation).