Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences


WagnerJarrad R. Wagner, Ph.D.

Director, Forensic Toxicology and Trace Laboratory
Professor of Forensic Sciences
Forensic Toxicology and Trace Chemistry

Dr. Jarrad Wagner is an Associate Professor of Forensic Sciences at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences (OSU CHS) where he specializes in research and instruction in Forensic Toxicology and Trace Analytical Chemistry.  The Master of Science in Forensic Sciences degree offered at OSU CHS is fully accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). As Director of the FTTL, Dr. Wagner is responsible for all work performed in the laboratory, including development and implementation of laboratory methods and Standard Operating Procedures, staffing decisions, equipment and supply acquisitions, and determination of accreditation needs and implementation.

Dr. Wagner's laboratory includes two liquid chromatograph tandem mass spectrometers (LC/MS/MS), a two-gas chromatograph mass spectrometers (GC/MS), a headspace gas chromatograph with flame ionization detection (HS GC/FID), a matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time of flight mass spectrometer (MALDI/TOF MS), a liquid robotic handler, an ion chromatography system, and capillary electrophoresis (CE) instrument.  The laboratory is located in a building that is shared with the ASCLD/ISO accredited City of Tulsa Police Department Crime Laboratory.

Dr. Wagner formerly served as a Chemist for the FBI Laboratory, where he specialized in crime scene investigations involving hazardous materials.  His prior law enforcement experience also includes his time as a Forensic Scientist in the Toxicology section of the Orange County (CA) Sheriff-Coroner's office and his service as a Reserve Police Officer in the City of Irvine, CA.  He is a former Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Forensic Sciences program at California State University, Fresno. 

Dr. Wagner holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California at Irvine, as well as Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Biology.  He is a member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, the Society of Toxicology, the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Clandestine Laboratory Investigating Chemists Association, and the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators.  He is a former member of the Scientific Working Group for the Forensic Analysis of Chemical Terrorism (SWGFACT) and the Scientific Working Group for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Materials (SWGCBRN).  He is a current member of the Scientific Working Group for Forensic Toxicology (SWGTOX) and an Assistant Editor of the Journal of Analytical Toxicology.  He has published several articles in scientific journals and has made presentations related to forensic science for professional institutes and trainings throughout the United States.

VeitenheimerAllison Veitenheimer, M.S.

Senior Research Assistant

Allison Veitenheimer is a Senior Research Assistant working in the OSU Forensic Toxicology and Trace Laboratory and the Center for Improvised Explosives Research and Training (IMPEX).  She has experience in method development with both LC/MS/MS and GC/MS in drug and explosives analysis.  She holds a Master of Science in Forensic Sciences with an emphasis in toxicology from Oklahoma State University and a Bachelor of Science from Baylor University.

Responsibilities include method development and validation activities as well as providing support to outside laboratories, maintenance of instrumentation, reagent preparation, sample processing and analysis, data analysis, and report preparation.  Also responsible for management of chemical inventories, supply inventories, files and laboratory records.

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