Forensic Toxicologist

Judith Rodriguez Salas

Judith Rodriguez serves as a forensic toxicologist at CFSRE working on the ITAD program and as the base contact for the African Wildlife Toxicology program.

Judith Rodriguez graduated from the University of Maine at Augusta in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. In 2018, she obtained her Master of Science in Forensic Science from Arcadia University, focusing on forensic biology through her research in a Method Development of Direct Quantification for Sexual Assault Samples to be Incorporated in the Direct PCR Workflow. She also focused on forensic toxicology through her internship at the Center for Forensic Science Research & Education. After the completion of her degree, she worked as the forensic toxicology mentor for the Forensic Science Mentoring Institute class of Summer 2018.

Since then, she has been working as the International Toxic Adulterant Database (ITAD) program administrator as a liaison between laboratories around the world, collecting data and managing the website where all data about the toxic adulterants identified in seized drug material are displayed. Judith also is the lead scientist in charge of analyzing and reporting all sample extracts received from our African Wildlife Forensics program partners in Africa. Samples analyzed belonged to animals that have perished by suspected poisoning. She is also assisting in the teaching and organization of the laboratory component of the Instrumental Analysis courses and proving support to various other projects.


Rodriguez Salas J, Krotulski AJ, Newman R, Thogmartin JR, Mohr ALA, Logan BK. Concentrations of para-Fluorofuranylfentanyl (FFF) in Paired Central and Peripheral Blood Collected During Postmortem Death Investigations, Journal of Analytical Toxicology, 2021;, bkab025,