Donna Papsun is a forensic toxicologist at NMS Labs in Willow Grove, PA. She has dual Bachelor of Science degrees from West Virginia University in Chemistry and Forensic & Investigative Science and a Master of Science degree in Pharmacology from Thomas Jefferson University. She is also certified as a Forensic Toxicology Specialist through the American Board of Forensic Toxicology and is a member of both the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT) and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS).
Ms. Papsun has been with NMS Labs since 2008 and began employment in the laboratory as a bench analyst. Her laboratory experience includes many different types of techniques and instrumentation, including ELISA, EMIT, FAAS/FAES, ICP-MS, GFAAS, ICP-OES, and GC-FID. Through her Master’s thesis work, she has also gained experience with LC-TOF/MS and LC-MS/MS while developing and validating a panel for the detection of 10 designer drugs of the pyrrolidinophenone class, including naphyrone, alpha PVP, and alpha PBP.
Ms. Papsun’s main areas of interest are drug-impaired driving and NPS (novel psychoactive substances). As one of the two leaders of NMS’s NPS strategy team, she continuously works to help maintain NMS’s leadership in identifying the newest trends in the changing landscape of the designer drug market and developing tests for their detection in forensic toxicology casework.