Faculty - Jay R. Vargas, PhD


PhD – Pharmacology & Toxicology, University of Utah, 2011

BS – Chemistry with Forensics & Criminalistics Emphasis, Northern Arizona University, 2002

Dr. Vargas’ research interests broadly include the development of analytical techniques used in forensic science; the pharmacology and toxicology of controlled substances; and neurocriminology. Prior to coming to the School of Criminal Justice, Dr. Vargas began his career at the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office in Phoenix, Arizona as a forensic chemist performing routine analysis on post-mortem tissue samples in the toxicology laboratory. Dr. Vargas’ graduate and post-doctoral research activities investigated the role of non-neuronal cell types in the normal and diseased brain with the ultimate goal of discovering new pharmacological targets and treatments for difficult to treat neurological conditions.

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Office: Room 248, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center
Email: jay.vargas86@calstatela.edu
Phone: (323) 343-4613

Courses Taught:

CRIM 2080: Introduction to Forensic Science
CRIM 3100: Ethics and Professional Responsibility
CRIM 4150: Forensic Chemistry
CRIM 5540: Analysis of Controlled Substances
CRIM 5600: Forensic Toxicology

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