As a senior scientist at Gateway Analytical, Cara routinely prepares samples for analysis, performs analytical testing on a variety of sample types using various techniques including microscopy, SEM/EDS, FTIR, and Raman, interprets results of testing and prepares reports. Cara also interfaces with customers to discuss results or answer any questions they may have regarding the analysis. Additionally, Cara contributes to maintaining the quality-oriented laboratory environment.
Cara is experienced in performing analytical laboratory work, specifically performing characterizations of unknown materials, in both the pharmaceutical forensic and criminal forensic fields. She was trained and performs investigations in a quality-oriented environment, including both ISO and ASCLD/LAB accreditations. Cara has previously presented research at the MAAFS annual meetings and has publications in The Journal of Forensic Identification and The Journal of Forensic Sciences.
- Optical microscopy
- Polarized light microscopy (PLM)
- Scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM/EDS)
- Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
- Attenuated total reflectance (ATR) FTIR
- Confocal Raman microscopy
- B.S., Chemistry; La Roche College, 2009
- M.S., Forensic Science; Virginia Commonwealth University, 2011
Professional Affiliations and Accolades:
- Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists (MAAFS)
- American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)
- American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners (ASTEE)