Seminar February 28, 2023: “The Science of Forensic Chemistry: It’s probably not what you think!”

Please help us welcome Dr. Jason E. Schaff, a former federal forensic chemist at Quantico VA, who will be presenting a talk on “The Science of Forensic Chemistry: It’s probably not what you think!”. This seminar will describe the different disciplines within forensic chemistry, and provide an in-depth perspective of the day-to-day life in a forensic laboratory.

Presenter Bio

Dr. Schaff received a B.S. in Chemistry in 1991 from Yale University and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry in 1997 from the University of Minnesota. After completing his doctorate, he spent two years on a fellowship at the Indiana University Medical Center. There he conducted fundamental studies on the mass spectrometry of anabolic steroids and developed analytical methods for their analysis. While at the IU Medical Center, he served as a member of the testing laboratory staff for the 1998 Goodwill
Games. Dr. Schaff then spent 21 years with the Chemistry Unit of the FBI Laboratory performing chemical and toxicological analyses supporting investigations of an array of different criminal and civil matters. Since August of 2020, Dr. Schaff has been with the FDA Center for Tobacco Products where he conducts regulatory review of new product applications and evaluation of testing laboratory protocols. He served on committees established by the Society of Forensic Toxicologists and the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards which were charged with developing standards for the use of mass spectrometry in drug identification. Dr. Schaff is currently a member of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Drug Testing Advisory Board.

Seminar Information

Seminar will be held via Zoom on February 28th, 2023, at 6:00 – 7:00 PM EST. Please use the following link to access the seminar: