Ropero-Miller Elected to Board of Directors for American Academy of Forensic Sciences

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.—Jeri Ropero-Miller, Ph.D., a senior forensic researcher at RTI International, has been elected to the board of directors for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS).

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) is a multi-disciplinary professional organization that provides leadership to advance science and its application to the legal system. Its objectives are to promote integrity, competency, and education; to foster research, improve practice, and encourage collaboration in the forensic sciences.

"I am honored to be recognized by my colleagues and given the opportunity to assist in the leadership of the Academy," said Ropero-Miller. "I think this is a great opportunity to use the knowledge and experiences I have garnered to improve forensic practices across the country, a primary mission for AAFS."

Ropero-Miller is a board certified forensic toxicologist with RTI's Center for Forensic Sciences. She has more than 15 years of experience in conducting forensic toxicology, clinical chemistry, and hair drug-testing studies.

Ropero-Miller serves as the principal investigator for a web-based continuing education and forensic training program, which offers low- or no-cost training to forensic scientists and ancillary professionals, including a newly funded Office for Victims of Crimes project for drug-facilitated sexual assault.

She has also served as the primary investigator for several National Institute of Justice grant projects, including the Technology Transfer Strategies of Forensic Science Research and Development to the Practitioner End User, the Analysis of Cocaine Analyte Concentrations and Ratios in Hair, and the Development of a Cheminformatic Spectral Database for forensic laboratories.

Prior to her tenure with RTI, Ropero-Miller served as the deputy chief toxicologist at the State of North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Ropero-Miller has authored articles and book chapters for numerous publications, and has been a presenter at forensics conferences in the United States and Asia. She serves on the board of directors for the Society of Forensic Toxicologists and the American Board of Forensic Toxicology, and has been on the editorial board for the Journal of Analytical Toxicology and an invited reviewer for the Journal of Forensic Sciences since 2005.

She received her doctorate in forensic toxicology and clinical chemistry from the University of Florida, College of Medicine, and her bachelor of arts in chemistry from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia.