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Candice Bridge holds a joint appointment at the University of Central Florida, where she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and a Research Professor at the National Center for Forensic Science. Dr. Bridge’s research group focuses on the analysis of trace forensic evidence to understand the uniqueness of chemical features and profiles using various chemometric statistical techniques. Using a variety of mass spectrometry techniques, they look to develop analytical methods that can increase the validity and evidentiary value of forensic evidence. Her group researches several types of trace evidence: 1) the characterization of lubricant evidence obtained from sexual assaults, 2) the analysis of gunshot residue, 3) the identification of drugs/metabolites and/or masking agents in urine samples and 4) other trace samples (i.e. glitter and hair). Additionally, her team looks to understand ionization reactions that occur in ambient ionization-direct mass spectrometry techniques.