Dr. Michelle Carlin is an analytical chemist and toxicologist who worked for industry before finding her way to academia. Starting her life and education in Scotland, UK, she moved to northern England before moving across the pond to take up the role of assistant professor of toxicology and forensic chemistry in the chemistry department at Rutgers University.

Dr. Carlin’s main areas of research are opioid compounds and has a particular interest in drugs and foodstuffs that can affect workplace and roadside drug testing results and is interested in how drugs and pharmaceutical products are manufactured. Analytical chemistry techniques employed in this research includes liquid chromatography – mass spectrometry (LC-MS) and gas chromatography – mass spectrometry (GC-MS).

She has also carried out research and consultancy on paint samples from works of art using techniques such as ATR-FTIR, polarized light microscopy (PLM), pyrolysis GC-MS and scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray (SEM-EDS).

Dr Carlin has been a media science expert in the UK for a number of years now but is now currently establishing her research labs at Rutgers Camden.