Musah Lab gets new instruments

The Musah Lab has been fortunate enough to acquire several new instruments through NIJ funding and generous donations from the NYS Food Laboratory. We now have a GC-MS equipped with a thermal desorption unit, an NWR 213 laser that can be used for mass spectral imaging, a FT-IR, an ICP-MS, a HPLC and microwave reactors. We are looking forward to the great work that will come from using these instruments!

Musah Lab presents at PITTCON 2019

Kristen presenting her poster.

Kristen presenting her poster.

Professor Musah, Kristen, Cameron and Meghan traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to present at the 2019 PITTCON Conference and Expo. Professor Musah presented a talk entitled “Chemometric Processing of Direct Analysis in Real Time (DART) Mass Spectrometric Data for the Identification and Classification of New Psychoactive Substances”. Kristen, Cameron and Meghan all presented posters entitled “Forensic Applications of the Laser Ablation Direct Analysis in Real Time Imaging – Mass Spectrometry (LADI-MS) Technique”, “Establishing Exposure to Organic Explosive Compounds by Mass Spectrometric Means”, and “Detection and Identification of Illegally-Traded Woods by Mass Spectral Techniques” respectively.

Cameron presenting his poster.

Cameron presenting his poster.

Meghan presenting her poster.

Meghan presenting her poster.

Musah Lab presents at AAFS

Professor Musah, Kristen, Cameron and Meghan traveled to Baltimore, MD to attend the 71st American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Scientific Meeting. Professor Musah and Kristen both presented talks entitled “The Identification of Necrophagous Insect Species by Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometry and Chemometrics for Postmortem Interval Estimations” and “The Forensically Relevant Applications of Laser Ablation Direct Analysis in Real Time Imaging-Mass Spectrometry (LADI-MS)” respectively. Cameron presented a poster entitled “Bomb Biometrics: Detection and Imaging of Markers Indicative of Explosive Compounds in Fingerprints” and Meghan was able to attend due to being awarded a Forensic Sciences Foundation Travel Award.

Cameron presenting his poster.

Cameron presenting his poster.

Kristen presenting her talk.

Kristen presenting her talk.

Musah Lab presents at NEAFS

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Kristen, Meghan, Allix, Amy and Megan traveled to Bolton Landing, NY to attend the 2018 Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists Annual Meeting. Kristen presented a talk titled “A LADI Doesn’t Lift a Finger: Laser Ablation Direct Analysis in Real Time Imaging-Mass Spectrometry (LADI-MS) of Psychoactive Small Molecules in Latent Fingermarks”. Meghan presented a talk titled “Sky High: Sorbent-Facilitated Headspace Mass Spectral Analysis for the Detection and Identification of Plant-Based Legal Highs”. Allix presented a talk titled “A Sticky Situation: The Chemometric Identification of Condom-Derived Residues by Direct Analysis in Real-Time High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry”. Amy presented a poster entitled “Species Identification of Necrophagous Beetles by Chemometric Processing of DART-HRMS Chemical Signatures of Ethanol-Insect Suspensions”. Megan presented a poster entitled “The World of Psychoactive Peppers: The Quantification of Yangonin in Piper methysticum aka ‘Kava’ by Direct Analysis in Real Time-High Resolution Mass Spectrometry”. Both Meghan and Amy received the Peter R. De Forest Best Presentation Award.

Musah Lab presents at SCIX

Professor Musah and Samira traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to present at SCIX 2018. Professor Musah presented a talk titled “Application of Artificial Neural Networks to DART-HRMS Data for the Forensic Identification of Fauna and Flora”. Samira presented a talk titled “Deep Learning-based Workflow for Identification of Psychoactive Plant Types featuring a Direct Analysis in Real Time-Mass Spectrometry Database”.