RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Jeri Ropero-Miller, PhD, chief scientist and forensic toxicologist at RTI International, has been elected as the 2020 president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS).
Established to promote professionalism, integrity and competency within and across the forensic science disciplines, AAFS' more than 6,600 members represent all 50 states and 71 other countries, and include pathologists, attorneys, dentists, toxicologists, anthropologists, document examiners, digital evidence experts, psychiatrists, engineers, physicists, chemists, criminalists, educators and researchers. Dr. Ropero-Miller will serve a one-year term.
A Board-certified Forensic Toxicologist with Fellow status in the American Board of Forensic Toxicology, Dr. Ropero-Miller has more than 25 years of experience conducting forensic toxicology, drug surveillance and hair drug-testing studies. In addition, she has led projects that focus on laboratory efficiency, program monitoring and evaluation, technology transition, technology evaluation, forensic databases, and professional development and training in the criminal justice system. Prior to her tenure with RTI, she served as the deputy chief toxicologist at the state of North Carolina's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Dr. Ropero-Miller received her doctorate in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida.