liguo song

Dr. Liguo Song, Ph.D.

Associate Professor/Forensic Program Director

1050 W. University Dr.
324B Currens Hall
Macomb, IL 61455-1390

Work: (309) 298-1656
Fax: (309) 298-2180


Biographical Sketch

Dr. Liguo Song earned his B.S. and M.S. degree in Analytical Chemistry from Shandong University in the People’s Republic of China. He received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry with an emphasis in Chromatography from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Afterwards, he did his postdoctoral study in genomics at the Stony Brook University and in proteomics at the National Research Council of Canada. In 2003, he joined the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and was appointed as Assistant Director of Proteomics Resources. From 2006 to 2015, he was the director of the Mass Spectrometry Center in the Department of Chemistry, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He joined Western Illinois University in fall, 2015.

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Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 10:00am-11:20am

Teaching Areas

  • CHEM 251 Introduction to Forensic Applications
  • CHEM 351 Applications of Forensic Chemistry
  • CHEM 551 Forensic Analytical Chemistry

Research Interest

My research is currently focused in forensic analysis of abused drugs and toxicological specimens using gas chromatography (GC), liquid chromatography (LC), ambient ionization mass spectrometry (AI/MS), gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC/MS) and liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC/MS). Ongoing research projects include investigation of nitrogen direct analysis in real time mass spectrometry (N2 DARTMS) for rapid screening of illicit drugs at the crime scene, establishment of validated methods for rapid and simultaneous analysis of twenty or more cannabinoids in products of Cannabis, development of more sensitive and accurate methods for the analysis of gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) in cases of drug facilitated sexual assault (DFSA), and high-throughput and simultaneous analysis of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in equine plasma for doping control in horse racing.