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Cara Plese


Cara Plese is a Senior Scientist at Gateway Analytical and was one of the original team members after spending time at our parent company, ChemImage. Clients may know her from direct interactions, but behind the scenes she conducts technical reviews, authors protocols, validates internal processes, and shows new scientists the ropes. In addition to being a court qualified expert with experience in gunshot residue and unknown materials, she is a member of AAFS, MAAFS, and ASTEE. Cara earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from La Roche College and a Master’s Degree in Forensics at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Her time away from the lab is spent as a wannabe chef, taking road trips, and rescuing more animals than her husband is comfortable with.