Luke N. Rodda, PhD

Luke N. Rodda, PhD

Assistant Adjunct Professor, UCSF; Chief Forensic Toxicologist and Director, Forensic Laboratory Division, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
Laboratory Medicine
Specialty Areas
Forensic Medicine & Science Forensic
Public Health
Criminal Justice

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
City and County of San Francisco
1 Newhall Street
San Francisco, CA 94124
United States

Research and Clinical Interests

The analytical method development and validation of Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography (UHPLC) with tandem (LC-MS-MS) and Quadrupole Time of Flight (QTOF) Mass Spectrometry techniques.

The analysis and reporting of alcohol, drugs and poisons in medico-legal casework including death investigation, drug impaired driving and drug facilitated crimes.

Providing toxicological interpretation, expert court testimony & overseeing forensic toxicology operations for the City and County of San Francisco.

Monitoring of Novel Psychoactive Substances.

Oral Fluid utilization in the DUID casework.

Culture, Value, and Diversity in Forensic Sciences

Drug harm reduction in recreational opioid use, mental health, drug impaired driving, drug facilitated sexual assault within the community.

Selected Publications
  • Turfus S, Rodda LN. (2021). High Performance Liquid Chromatography and Ultra-High Performance Liquid Chromatography Including Liquid Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry. In R. Wolstenholme, S. Jickells, & S. Forbes (Eds.), Analytical Techniques in Forensic Science (pp. 365-405). Hoboken, NJ 07030, USA: John Wiley & Sons Ltd. 
  • Rodda LN, West KL, LeSaint KT (2020) Opioid overdose-related emergency department visits and accidental deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Urban Health. 
  • Rodda LN, Cooper, G (2020) Impact of Forensic Toxicology Laboratories During the COVID-19 pandemic: Tale of Two Major U.S. Cities. TIAFT Bulletin 50(3): 19-21 
  • Gevorkyan J, Kinyua J, Pearring S, Rodda LN (2020) A Case Series of Etizolam in Opioid Related Deaths. Journal of Analytical Toxicology. 
  • Rodda LN. Forensic Toxicology Considerations, in Olsen K and Smollin C (Eds) Poisoning and Drug Overdose, Seventh Edition (2020). McGraw-Hill Professional. (In review) 
  • Mardal M, Kinyua J, Rodda LN, Linnet K, Dalsgaard PW (2020) Free Online Tools to Improve HRMS Screening Strategies for New Psychoactive Substances. TIAFT Bulletin 50(2): 17-21 
  • Towler S, Concheiro-Guisan M, Pearring S, Rodda LN (2020) Evaluation and Applicability of Alere iCup DX 14 for Rapid Postmortem Urine Drug Screening at Autopsy. Journal of Forensic Sciences. doi:10.1111/1556-4029.14577 
  • Rodda LN, Pearring S, Harper, CE, Tiscione NB, Jones AW (2020)  Inferences and Legal Considerations Following a Blood Collection Tube Recall. Journal of Analytical Toxicology. 
  • Rodda LN. Forensic Toxicology, in Wu, AHB (Ed) Self-Assessment Q&A in Clinical Laboratory Science III: Emerging Subspecialties (2020). Elsevier. (In Press) 
  • Gevorkyan J, Wong M, Pearring S, Rodda LN (2020) Method Consolidation to Improve Scope and Efficiency in Postmortem Toxicology. Journal of Analytical Toxicology. 44(5): 422-439. 
  • Martucci HF, Ingle EA, Hunter MD, Rodda LN (2018) Distribution of Furanyl Fentanyl and 4-ANPP in an Accidental Acute Death: A Case Report. Forensic Science International. 283: e13-e17 
  • Rodda LN, Volk JA, Moffat E. Williams CM, Lynch KL, Wu A (2017) Evaluation of Intraosseous Fluid as an Alternative Biological Specimen in Postmortem Toxicology. Journal of Analytical Toxicology. 42(3): 163-169. 
  • Rodda LN, Pilgrim JL, Crump K, DiRago M, Gerostamoulos D Drummer OH (2017) A Cluster of Fentanyl-Laced Heroin Deaths in 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. Journal of Analytical Toxicology. 41(4): 318-324 
  • DiRago M, Chu M, Rodda LN, Jenkins E, Kotsos A, Gerostamoulos D (2016) Ultra-rapid targeted analysis of 40 drugs of abuse in oral fluid by LC-MS/MS using carbon-13 isotopes of methamphetamine and MDMA to reduce detector saturation. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 408(14): 3737-49. 
  • Rodda LN, Gerostamoulos D, Drummer OH (2015) Reply to Letter to the Editor. Journal of Analytical Toxicology; 39(5): 416  
  • Rodda LN, Gerostamoulos D, Drummer OH (2015) Pharmacokinetics of Reduced Iso-­‐α-­‐acids in Volunteers following Clear Bottled Beer Consumption. Forensic Science International. 250: 37-­‐43. 
  • Rodda LN, Gerostamoulos D, Drummer OH (2014) Detection of Iso-­‐α-­‐Acids to Confirm Beer Consumption in Postmortem Specimens. Drug Testing and Analysis.7(1): 65-­‐74. 
  • Rodda LN, Gerostamoulos D, Drummer OH (2014) Studies into the Postmortem Redistribution and Serum to Blood Ratio of Iso-­‐α-­‐acids in Postmortem Specimens. Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology 10(4): 550-­‐557. 
  • Rodda LN, Gerostamoulos D, Drummer OH (2014) Pharmacokinetics  of Iso-­‐α-­‐acids in Volunteers following the Consumption of Beer. Journal of Analytical Toxicology. 38: 354-­‐359. 
  • Di Rago M, Saar E, Rodda LN, Turfus S, Kotsos A, Gerostamoulos D, Drummer OH (2014) Fast Targeted Screening of 132 Acidic & Neutral Drugs & Poisons In Whole Blood Using LC-­‐MS/MS. Forensic Science International. 243: 35-­‐43. 
  • Rodda LN, Gerostamoulos D, Drummer OH (2014) The Stability of Iso-­‐α-­‐acids and Reduced Iso-­‐α-­‐acids in Stored Blood Specimens. Forensic Science International. 239: 44-­‐49. 
  • Rodda LN, Gerostamoulos D, Drummer OH (2013) The Rapid Identification and Quantification of Iso-­‐α-­‐acids and Reduced Iso-­‐α-­‐acids in Blood using UHPLC-­‐MS/MS: Validation of a Novel Marker for Beer Consumption. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 405 (30): 9755-­‐9767. 
  • Rodda LN, Beyer J, Gerostamoulos D, Drummer OH (2013) Alcohol Congener Analysis and the Source of Alcohol: A Review. Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology 9 (2): 194-­‐207. 
  • Chu M, Gerostamoulos D, Beyer J, Rodda LN, Boorman M, Drummer OH (2012) The incidence of drugs of impairment in oral fluid from random roadside testing. Forensic Science International 215 (1–3): 28-­‐31 
  • 2014 Best Publication (Young Scientist Award), TIAFT – Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 2014 First Travel Award – Aus and New Zealand Forensic Science Society Symposium – Adelaide, Australia
  • 2014 Highly Commended Oral Presentation Award, RACI R&D Conference – Adelaide, Australia
  • 2013 Best Peer-Reviewed Paper: Early Career Researcher, SPHPM – Monash University
  • 2013 Postgraduate Travel Grant Award – Monash University
  • 2013 First Scholarship Prize – Forensic & Clinical Toxicology Association Meeting
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