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Elizabeth Gardner

Elizabeth Gardner

Professor; Director, Graduate Studies in Forensic Science
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(205) 934-0668
UBOB 316

Research Interests: Drugs of abuse, drug contaminated currency, bullet wipe, fingerprints

Teaching Interests: Criminalistics, drug chemistry

Office Hours: W/TH 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; and by appointment (also check Room 308/324/326)

  • Ph.D., Michigan State University

Dr. Gardner is an associate professor of forensic chemistry in the Department of Criminal Justice. Her primary research interest is psychoactive drugs, including emerging drugs of abuse, online pharmaceuticals, and drug contamination of currency. In addition, she has research projects focused on identifying bullet holes in the absence of GSR, developing methods for developing latent fingerprints, and identifying gases characteristic of human burial sites.

Dr. Gardner’s research has appeared in the DEA Microgram Journal, Drug Testing and Analysis, and the Journal of Forensic Sciences.

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  • Select Publications
    • Elizabeth A. Gardner et al., “The Syntheses and Characterization of Nitracaine, Methoxypiperamide and Mephtetramine,” Drug Testing and Analysis (first published online January 29, 2014; DOI: 10.1002/dta.1616).
    • Elizabeth A. Gardner et al., “Characterization of the pyrolysis products of methiopropamine,” Drug Testing and Analysis (first published online October 25, 2013, DOI: 10.1002/dta.1571).
    • Andrzej Stanczuk, Noreen Morris, Elizabeth A. Gardner, Pierce V. Kavanagh,"Identification of (2-aminopropyl)benzofuran (APB) phenyl ring positional isomers in Internet purchased products," Drug Testing and Analysis 5 (No. 4, 2013): 270-6.
  • Academic Distinctions & Professional Memberships
    • American Academy of Forensic Sciences - Criminalistics Division
    • American Chemical Society