Forensic and Analytical Toxicology Facility

We are a multidisciplinary laboratory supporting research, service, and teaching and training activities. We conduct research and method development for the chemical analysis of drugs, environmental pollutants, natural products and other toxicants of interest in biological specimens and nonbiological samples.


Cannabis Biomarkers Study

Are you 18+ years old and have you smoked/vaped cannabis for recreational or medicinal purposes? If so, you may qualify for this confidential study on cannabis use patterns. Eligible participants who complete the study will receive a $50 cash payment.

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    Study details

    Cannabis contains more than 100 natural “cannabinoid” compounds. This project will focus on observing the type and levels of various natural cannabinoids present in easily collected specimens, including exhaled breath condensate (EBC), saliva, and urine after smoking or vaping marijuana products, in different type of users. The project will also focus on identifying levels of oxidative stress biomarkers present in EBC.

    Qualified participants will be required to meet at the FIU MMC Campus to provide urine, saliva, and EBC samples and to fill out a survey about cannabis/cigarette use. The collection of samples is non-invasive and will consist of simple procedures:

    • Urine: participants will pee in a cup, in private.
    • Saliva: a swab will be placed in the mouth for up to 5 minutes.
    • EBC: participants will breathe normally into a chilled tube for 10 minutes.

    The entire process will take about one hour. This will be a one-time meet; there will be no follow up of any sort. All information collected is confidential and will not be used for any other purposes. Participants will receive cash compensation of $50.

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Analytical Services

Our facility may accept contracts for analytical services from academic, commercial and government customers. All contract requests will be considered for feasibility by the facility staff and faculty. Please contact the laboratory manager, Anamary Tarifa, with any questions regarding analytical services in the facility. 

Specific Services

  • Analytical and toxicological testing and validation services for target drugs using state of the art chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques
  • A library of more than 1500 analytical standards for licit and illicit drugs, including NPS and metabolites
  • Screening, qualitative and quantitative analysis of therapeutic and pain management drugs and illicit substances in both biological and non-biological matrices

Advisory Board

  • Dr. Anthony P. DeCaprio, Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry 
  • Dr. Jose R. Almirall, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Dr. Madhavan Nair, Professor and Founding Chair, Department of Immunology, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
  • Dr. Diane M. Boland, Director, Toxicology Laboratory, Miami-Dade Medical Examiner Department