Meet the Chemical Hygiene Officers

Michael McKinstry

Chemical Hygiene Officer, Department of Biology
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Michael McKinstry holds a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from the Pennsylvania State University and has been an employee at WVU since 2009. He is currently an academic laboratory manager in the Department of Biology. Prior to coming to WVU, McKinstry worked as a research associate in a molecular biology lab at the Biological Defense Research Directorate of the Naval Medical Research Center in Rockville, Maryland, and at the National Institutes of Health.

An area of professional interest for McKinstry is bacteriophage biology and bacteriophage use in biotechnology. He has published, presented work at national meetings and is listed on several patents involving the use of bacteriophages in bacterial detection.

Roger Jefferys

Chemical Hygiene Officer, Department of Forensic and Investigative Science
Roger L. Jefferys II

Roger Jefferys is currently the chemical hygiene officer for the Department of Forensic and Investigative Science. He also serves as the director of forensic facilities and is the instructional coordinator for the Next Generation Forensic Science Initiative. Jeffreys serves as a teaching assistant professor in the department and teaches both online and on-campus undergraduate forensic science courses.

He obtained Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the Department of Forensic and Investigative Science at WVU. Before joining WVU's Morgantown campus, he taught for three years in the Forensic Investigation Program at WVU Institute of Technology in Beckley. While at WVU Tech, he won the outstanding faculty award and was a recipient of the West Virginia Science and Research Opportunity Grant. During his time in Beckley, he was involved in private investigation work for 221B Baker, Inc. Investigative Services.

Jeffreys has published in the Forensic Science International and the Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners journals. He has presented his research at both regional and national forensic conferences and has attended numerous forensic workshops and trainings.

He is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts, the International Association for Identification and the West Virginia Criminal Justice Educators’ Association.

Graham Andrews

Assistant Professor of Geology and Chemical Hygiene Officer, Department of Geology and Geography
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Graham Andrews completed his MGeol and PhD in geology from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom. He subsequently worked as a researcher at the University of British Columbia, the Geological Survey of Canada and at the University of California Santa Barbara. He was a faculty member in geology at the California State University Bakersfield (2012-2016) and a visiting faculty member at Franklin and Marshall College. He has been on the faculty of the Department of Geology and Geography at WVU since August 2016. Andrews has been the chemical hygiene officer within the Department of Geology and Geography since August 2017.

Barbara L. Foster

Chemical Hygiene Officer, C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry
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Barbara Foster has been a certified chemical hygiene officer through the National Registry of Certified Chemists since 2000 and is a member of the American Chemical Society. She was the recipient of the ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety Tillmanns-Skolnick Award in 2006 in recognition of her service to the division. She served as chair of DCHAS in 2007 and currently serves as a reviewer for the ACS Journal of Chemical Education. Foster is a member of the College Safety, Health and Environmental Management Association and an elected member of the National Fire Protection Association's  Standard on Fire Protection for Laboratories Using Chemicals technical committee.

Foster is the author of over 20 papers and instructional publications, including Laboratory Safety and Management: A Handbook for Teaching Assistants. She has presented over 60 talks on various aspects of chemical safety at professional meetings, workshops, academic institutions and government facilities across the nation. Foster served as co-chair of the committee that was formed by the National Academy of Sciences Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology to revise the seminal safety reference book, Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling and Management of Chemical Hazards .

D.J. Pisano

Chemical Hygiene Officer, Department of Physics and Astronomy

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D.J. Pisano is the chemical hygiene officer, an associate professor and the interim chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the NRAO in Green Bank, West Virginia, the Naval Research Lab and the Australia Telescope National Facility. He received a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BS from Yale University. He is a radio astronomer who studies how galaxies form and evolve.