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Kamal Swami, Ph.D.
Dr. Kamal Swami is the Quality Assurance Officer for the Inorganic Chemistry section of LINC, responsible for providing quality oversight of routine testing for the sanitary chemistry, asbestos and inorganic laboratories. He is also involved in quality assurance oversight of testing for trace elements in clinical samples, and supervises the testing of trace elements in water and soil. Dr. Swami provides analytical support and technical expertise to various DOH bureaus and State agencies responsible for monitoring natural and man-made environmental pollutants. Dr. Swami is involved with the FDA’s Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) program and EPA’s Emergency Response Laboratory Network (ERLN) Functional Exercises. He also supervises method development for the analysis of various samples (e.g., foods, cloud water, sediments, fish, tobacco, medicines, and aerosol samples) for trace metals using Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES), and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS).
Recent projects include:
1. Method development for arsenic and chromium speciation in various environmental matrices using LC-ICP-MS,
2. Determination of titanium in biological sample matrices exposed to TiO2 nanoparticles, and
3. Method development for the microwave digestion of foods, cosmetics, and medicines for analysis by ICP-MS and ICP-OES.