Dr. Emanuele Alves


  • Technician Level, Biotechnology, Federal Technical School of Chemistry, Brazil
  • B.S., Industrial Pharmacy, Fluminense Federal University, Brazil
  • Postgraduate, Crime Scene Investigation, Castelo Branco University, Brazil
  • M.S., Chemistry, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Ph.D., Forensic Sciences, Porto University, Portugal

Dr. Alves is a Forensic Toxicologist interested in developing projects focused on new psychoactive substances (NPSs) and homemade drugs. She holds a Ph.D. in Forensic Sciences from Porto University in Portugal and an M.Sc. in Chemistry from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She obtained her B.S. in Industrial Pharmacy from the Fluminense Federal University (UFF), and a technician certificate in Biotechnology from the Federal Technical School of Chemistry, both in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She also holds a postgraduate certificate in Crime Scene Investigation. Dr. Alves teaches Introductory Chemistry, Quantitative Analysis, Forensic Toxicology, and Drug Analysis. She is a current member of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). Her main topics of research include the development and investigation of new pharmacologically active substances obtained/inspired in illicit homemade drugs; the development of alternative extraction and analytical methodologies to study NPSs in "real-world" samples and biological tissues; natural poisons; the mechanistic study of several intoxications and respective antidote development. Research in the Alves Research Team focuses on organic synthesis, analytical techniques and classical toxicology assays in vivo and in vitro. Students in Dr. Alves' lab will develop skills to work with methodologies and techniques currently applied in forensic laboratories across the country, as well as in validation process, method optimization and data analysis, required in many scientific fields.


  • Analytical Forensic Toxicology
  • Homemade Drugs
  • Development and Validation of Methodologies for NPS Analysis
  • In vitro and in vivo Toxicity Assays
  • Development of Extraction Methods for Alternative Matrices with Forensic Interest
  • Mechanistic Study of Intoxications
  • Drug Development
Title: Assistant Professor, Forensic Chemistry
Department: Chemistry and Fermentation Sciences

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Phone: (828) 262-2758

Office address
431 Garwood Hall