Emanuele Alves, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
(804) 828-8420

Dr. Alves 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 post-bachelor certificate in Crime Scene Investigation.

At Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Alves is a Research Assistant Professor in Forensic Chemistry and Toxicology, teaching Forensic Chemistry and Forensic Instrumentation courses. She is a Forensic Toxicologist interested in developing projects focused on new psychoactive substances (NPSs) and homemade drugs. 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.