Our Faculty

Ian Tebbett Ph.D.

Ian Tebbett, Ph.D.

Academic Qualifications: Dr. 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 Strathclyde University (1984-88), Scotland and the University of Illinois at Chicago (1988-92). Dr. Tebbett is a professor and associate dean in the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and has been involved with the forensic program since its inception in Fall 2000. He 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. Recently, his work has focused on novel teaching methods and increasing student access to graduate education.


Donna Wielbo, Ph.D.

Academic Qualifications: Professor Wielbo received a BSc in Microbiology from Aberdeen University and an MSc in Forensic Science from Strathclyde University, Scotland. She was then employed by the British Home Office Forensic Science Service before earning a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Currently, Dr. Wielbo is Director of Forensic Science Programs and Clinical Associate Professor in the department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Florida, College of Pharmacy, and academic advisor for the online MS degree programs in Forensic Serology and DNA and Forensic Science. As Assistant Professor, 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, Largo, FL., in the area of training and education. Dr Wielbo has been instrumental in both development and teaching of the online forensic programs since their inception in 2000.


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

Nancy Toffolo, M.S.

Academic Qualifications: Nancy Toffolo received her B.S. 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 M.S. in Forensic Toxicology, which she completed in 2005. Nancy worked as a teaching assistant for the Forensic Science Program for five years before moving into a Lecturer position for the Distance Education Programs in Forensic Science.  In 2016 she was promoted to Senior Lecturer, her current position within the 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.


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 J Harrison, MD, DSc, FRCPath, FRCSEd, FRCPEd, IFCAP

Academic Qualifications: David Harrison is a medical pathologist who has practiced in a variety of areas including forensic, transplantation and molecular pathology. His research interests center around systems medicine, with his main interest in understanding how cells respond to injury. He directs iCAIRD which is one of five UK centres of excellence for AI research in digital diagnostics. He is a senior clinical pathologist in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is also professor of pathology at the University of St Andrews, Scotland’s oldest university (600 years and counting), with visiting professor roles at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.


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. 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 worked in the University of Edinburgh’s Forensic Medicine section for 12 years, where she was a lecturer in forensic evidence analysis and co-ordinated the educational activities of the forensic medicine section, as well as being involved with a variety of research projects. In addition to teaching in the distance education program, she is also scientific adviser 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

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

Academic 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.


Joanna Perris

Joanna Peris, Ph.D.

Academic Qualifications: Dr. Peris is the Associate Director, University of Florida Center for Addiction Research & Education and Associate Professor Department of Pharmacodynamics, College of Pharmacy. Peris received her Ph.D. in 1984, from the Department of Behavioral Neurosciences, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland OR and her Post-doctoral fellow, 1984-1988, Department of Pharmacology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver CO. Dr. Peris studies how previous ethanol exposure influences the behavioral and neurochemical characteristics of ethanol self-administration in rats. Dr. Peris’ lab is actively studying the neurochemical mechanisms of ethanol addiction. As part of this research, they measure how amino acid neurotransmission in brain regions highly implicated in the addiction process (e.g., nucleus accumbens, central nucleus of the amygdala) are altered in rats self-administering ethanol.