Faculty - Jay R. Vargas, Ph.D.

Professor Jay Vargas


Ph.D. – 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. Before 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 of post-mortem tissue samples in the toxicology laboratory. Dr. Vargas’ graduate and post-doctoral research investigated the role of non-neuronal cell types in the normal and diseased brain to discover new pharmacological targets and treatments for difficult-to-treat neurological conditions.

Research Websitehttps://sites.google.com/view/jayrvargasphd/home

Research Interests:
Analytical techniques used in Forensic Science, Toxicology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology

Courses Taught:
Introduction to Forensic Science, Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Forensic Chemistry, Clandestine Laboratory Investigations, Forensic Toxicology & Controlled Substances Analysis

Contact Information:
Office: Room 248, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (323) 343-4613