Melissa Fogarty is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Chemistry. She then obtained a Master’s degree in forensic science from Arcadia University.
Currently, Melissa serves as the Laboratory Manager at the CFSRE. In this role, she is responsible for maintenance of analytical instrumentation and general laboratory operations. She is also involved in the teaching and organization of the laboratory component of the Instrumental Analysis courses and involved in forensic toxicology student research. Melissa maintains an active research agenda and is funded through the National Institute of Justice. Her current research interests include method development and validation for new emerging drugs of abuse. In recognition of the advancements she has made to the field of forensic toxicology through research, Melissa was awarded “Toxicology Best Poster Award” at the 2016 American Academy of Forensic Sciences Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada for her poster entitled “Development and Validation of a Confirmatory Method for Six Novel Psychoactive Substances in Whole Blood using UPLC/MS/MS”.