Our Faculty

  • Ian Tebbett, Ph.D.
  • Donna Wielbo, Ph.D.
  • Oliver Grundmann, Ph.D.
  • Nancy Toffolo, M.S.
  • Margaret James, Ph.D.
  • Kenneth Sloan, Ph.D.
  • Tom Vickroy, Ph.D.
  • Steve Roberts, Ph.D.
  • David Harrison, Ph.D.
  • Alex Graham, Ph.D.
  • Chris Lennard, Ph.D.
  • James M. Madsen, MD, MPH, FCAP, COL, MC-FS, USA
  • Mark Zell Ph.D.

Ian Tebbett Ph.D.

Ian Tebbett, Ph.D.Academic Qualifications: Professor Tebbett has a bachelor's degree in Pharmacy and a Ph.D. degree in Forensic Toxicology. He has previously held faculty positions with the Forensic Science programs at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland and the University of Illinois at Chicago (1988-92). Dr. Tebbett is the director of the UF Forensic Sciences and Pharmaceutical Chemistry Programs and a professor in the University of Florida colleges of Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Tebbett previously served as director of Analytical Toxicology and director of the Racing Laboratory in the UF College of Veterinary Medicine. He has worked as a consultant for many international and national law enforcement agencies and has testified in Florida, Illinois and Europe. His research interests include, novel approaches to education and training in forensic science; the passage of drugs and metabolites across the blood/ brain barrier and the placental barrier, and the subsequent distribution, metabolism and elimination of these drugs; development of novel extraction and analytical techniques; FTIR, solid phase extraction, column switching techniques and supercritical fluid extraction and chromatography for the examination of drugs; and investigation of the relationship between drug abuse and immune suppression.

Donna Wielbo, Ph.D.

Donna Wielbo, Ph.D. Academic Qualifications:  Professor Wielbo received a master's degree in forensic science, and was employed by the British Home Office Forensic Science Service before earning a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Currently, Dr. Wielbo is an associate professor in the department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and the program coordinator for all Forensic related programs. Dr. Wielbo is also the academic advisor for the online MS degree programs in Forensic Serology and DNA, and Forensic Science. As an assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy, Dr. Wielbo conducted research in the area of hypertension and molecular biology. After conducting genomics research with Curagen corporation, she then worked for the National Forensic Science Technology Center in the area of training and education.

Oliver Grundmann, Ph.D.

Oliver Grundmann, Ph.D.Academic Qualifications: Oliver Grundmann received a bachelor's degree in Pharmacy and European pharmacist license from the University of Muenster, Germany, in 2004 and started his Ph.D. at the University of Florida shortly thereafter. While continuing his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, he worked for the Forensic Science program after graduating with a master's degree in Forensic Toxicology and minor in Statistics. His research interests include the search for new treatment options from natural products for CNS diseases such as anxiety disorders and depression as well as structural elucidation and mechanism of action of new drug entities derived from natural products and natural poisons. He also is interested in the implementation and impact of national and international collaborations for curricular development in the natural sciences. Currently, Dr. Grundmann is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy and the Department of Adult and Elderly Nursing, College of Nursing at the University of Florida. He develops and teaches courses for the Distance Education program. In addition, he holds an adjunct assistant professor position with the Pharmaceutical Science department, College of Pharmacy at Midwestern University.  Link to faculty website: http://plaza.ufl.edu/grundman/ 

Nancy Toffolo, M.S.

Nancy Toffolo, M.S. Academic Qualifications:  Nancy Toffolo received her BS in Animal Sciences from the University of Florida in 1996. After working in research for a Life-Sciences mission for NASA, as well as for a private genomics company, she moved to the University of Florida Racing Laboratory where she worked as a Senior Chemist and Scientific Research Manager. During this time she started her MS in Forensic Toxicology, which she completed in 2005. Nancy worked as a teaching assistant for the Forensic Science Program for five years before starting her current position as a Lecturer for the Distance Education Programs in Forensic Science, College of Pharmacy.

Margaret James, Ph.D.

Margaret James, Ph.D. Academic Qualifications:  Professor James received her Ph.D. and her DSc degrees from the University of London. She is currently the Jack C. Massey Professor of Pharmacy and Chair of the department of Medicinal Chemistry and a professor of pharmacology at the University of Florida. Dr. James has technical experience in enzymology; analytical and protein chemistry; in vivo/in vitro correlations; the use of fish models for intestinal bioavailability studies, and the use of rat models for drug metabolism studies. Her research interests include factors affecting the metabolism and toxicity of drugs and other xenobiotics in humans and animal species, including aquatic species; drug and xenobiotic biotransformation; mechanistic toxicology; and intestinal bioavailability of xenobiotics; Dr. James has a dynamic and productive, federally funded, research laboratory. Dr. James is also a consultant in the areas of drug metabolism, animal models and toxicology related to metabolism.

Kenneth Sloan, Ph.D.

Academic Qualifications: Professor Sloan received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in 1969. He has been a professor within the UF College of Pharmacy since 1980. His research interests include the effect of nucleophilicity and nucleofugicity on SN2 reactions. The diffusion of heterocycles, anti-cancer, antiviral, steroidal and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents through membranes and specially skin. Prodrug and soft drug approaches to improved analgetics and steroids.

Tom Vickroy, Ph.D.

Tom Vickroy, Ph.D.Academic Qualifications:  Professor Vickroy received a Ph.D. in Pharmacology & Toxicology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, 1982, and a B.S. in Biophysics & Biochemistry, Penn State University, State College, 1977. His general research interests involve the chemical basis for cellular communication in the central nervous system and the mechanisms through which drugs act to re-establish an appropriate balance among cellular processes that are affected by specific disorders or disease processes.

Steve Roberts, Ph.D.

Steve Roberts, Ph.D. Academic Qualifications:  Professor Roberts has a Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacy and a Ph.D. degree in Pharmacology. He is presently a professor and director of the Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology within the College of Veterinary Medicine. He has previously served on the faculties of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati and the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas. He has an extensive background in toxicology and has a strong research program in drug metabolism and toxicity. Dr. Roberts has been well funded by the NIH and has authored over 60 publications including two books in toxicology and risk assessment. His teaching responsibilities include graduate courses in general and advanced toxicology. Dr. Roberts coordinates the drug metabolism and toxicology courses within this program.

David Harrison, Ph.D.

David Harrison, MBChB, M.D.Academic Qualifications:  David Harrison is a medical pathologist who has practiced in a variety of areas including forensic, transplantation and molecular pathology. He is senior pathologist in Edinburgh, Scotland and is also Director of Laboratory Medicine for four local university teaching hospitals, with 19 laboratories covering all disciplines from genetics to microbiology. He is Professor of Pathology at the University of St Andrews, at 600 years of age Scotland's oldest university. He also honorary professor in the University of Edinburgh. His research interests center around systems medicine, the application of systems biology to medical problems. He chairs the Steering Group of CASyM, a Europe-wide Concerted Action on Implementation of Systems Medicine.

Alex Graham, Ph.D.

Alex Graham Ph.D.Academic Qualifications:  Alex Graham has taught on the University of Florida's Forensic Science Distance Education Programs since 2003. Her first degree was in Natural Sciences (Pathology) and she completed her Ph.D. in molecular genetics, molecular biology and cell biology under the supervision of Professor Harrison. She has been involved with a variety of research projects within the Forensic Medicine Section of the University of Edinburgh. Her practical forensic experience comes from part time consultancy with The Forensic Institute, a private consultancy firm, and she is a Member of the Forensic Science Society. She is a Lecturer in Forensic Evidence Analysis at the University of Edinburgh and co-ordinates the educational activities of the University of Edinburgh’s Forensic Medicine section. She is also Scientific Advisor for a Scottish medical research charity.

Chris Lennard, Ph.D.

Chris Lennard, Ph.D.

Academic Qualifications:  Professor Lennard has a Bachelor of Science (Honours), a Ph.D. in chemistry (Australian National University), and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management. His doctoral research was in the area of latent fingermark detection. On completion of his Ph.D., he took up a postdoctoral position within the School of Forensic Science at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, eventually gaining the position of Associate Professor in Criminalistics at this university in 1989. He returned to Australia in 1994 to take up a position with the forensic science section of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), initially as the Coordinator Laboratory Services and then as the Manager Forensic Operations Support. After more than 12 years as an operational forensic scientist with the AFP, Professor Lennard returned to academia in 2006 to take up his current role as Head of Forensic Studies at the University of Canberra (Australia). His research interests include fingermark detection and enhancement techniques, the detection and identification of explosives and explosive residues, the chemical analysis of trace evidence, and the development and evaluation of portable analytical equipment for on-site forensic analyses.

James M. Madsen, MD, MPH, FCAP, COL, MC-FS, USA 

James M. Madsen, MD, MPH, FCAP, COL, MC-FS, USAAcademic Qualifications: Dr. Madsen is an active-duty Army colonel and combat veteran and is board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology as well as in occupational medicine. He has also received the coveted "A" proficiency designator from the Army Surgeon General for outstanding expertise above and beyond board certification. He has nearly two decades of experience in chemical casualty care (including four separate tours of duty at the Chemical Casualty Care Division at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, USAMRICD) and was the team physician for the first trial challenge inspection of Russian chemical-agent storage facilities under the Wyoming Memorandum of Understanding.  In addition, he is Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics and Assistant Professor of Pathology and of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). He is currently pursuing an Army-sponsored civilian fellowship in medical toxicology at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA as well as helping to develop the Chemical Hazard Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) module in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Library of Medicine.

Mark Zell Ph.D.

Mark Zell Ph.D.

Academic Qualifications: Mark Zell earned his Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 1995.  He then went on to earn his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 2000.  Following completion of his graduate studies, he worked briefly as a Research Scientist with Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals.  In 2002, he joined Pfizer in Ann Arbor, Michigan working to develop the structure elucidation capabilities in the drug development organization.  In 2007, he moved to the Pfizer facility in Groton, CT where he continues to work as a Senior Principal Scientist and Technical Leader in the Structure Elucidation Group.  His research interests involve the application of cutting-edge analytical instrumentation for structure elucidation and reaction monitoring.  He is also currently the chairperson of the Rhode Island section of the American Chemical Society, A role he has held since 2011.  Dr. Zell is an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Florida, College of Pharmacy.  His responsibilities include teaching the courses Pharmaceutical Analysis II and Organic Structure Elucidation. 

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