Ellen Hondrogiannis, Ph.D.



Contact Info

Science Complex, Room 3301 D
By Appointment


B.S. in Chemistry at Bowling Green State University
Ph.D in Analytical Chemistry at University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Professional Experience

Before joining the forensic science faculty here at TU, Dr. H served as a U.S. Army Military Occupational Specialty 71B Biochemist. She also worked as a Research Scientist at the Medical Research Institute of Surgical Research, the Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, and Forensic Toxicology Drug Testing Laboratory.

Research Interests

  • identifying method threshold for intangible liquids recovered from different matrices
  • attribution of forensic evidence using chemical markers
  • improving limit of detection of gunshot residue using nanoparticles
  • quantification of furanocoumarins in over-the-counter supplements
  • quantification of mitragynine in kratom products


Dr. Hondrogiannis teaches Chemistry of Dangerous Drugs, Forensic Analytical Methods, Seminar, and Research.

Recent Posters:

Geographic Origin Determination of Cumin using Laser Ablation - Inductively Coupled Plasma - Time of Flight - Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-TOF-MS) and Discriminant Analysis (PDF)

Differentiation of Drugstore Lipsticks using Organic Markers Measured by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (PDF)