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Megan Grabenauer

Megan Grabenauer

Research Chemist


Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara
BS, Computational and Applied Mathematics and Chemistry, University of California, Davis

A research chemist with the Center for Forensic Science Advancement and Application at RTI International, Megan Grabenauer has over 15 years of analytical chemistry experience, using a wide variety of instrumentation. Her project work includes using cutting edge developments in mass spectrometry (MS), spectroscopy, and microscopy. She regularly implements advanced analytical techniques beyond conventional data-acquisition methods, including high-resolution mass spectrometry (MS), ion mobility, MSE acquisition and post-acquisition data mining, and develops MS–based assays for the identification and quantification of proteins and small molecules from environmental and biological matrices.

Dr. Grabenauer is particularly interested in non-targeted, unbiased data-acquisition methods and the processing and interpretation of the resulting complex data sets. She has extensive experience with structural elucidation and metabolite identification of novel psychoactive substances (NPS) and monitoring emerging drug trends.

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