Shapiro, Aaron

Shapiro, Aaron


Academic Rank(s): Clinical Assistant Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC | Associate Scientific Director, Provincial Toxicology Centre, BC Centre for Disease Contro

Affiliation(s): BC Centre for Disease Control

Research and Scholarly Interests: Forensic Toxicology, Patterns of Drug Use, Mass Spectrometry, Novel Drug Identification and Characterization

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Short Bio

I am a forensic toxicologist responsible for oversight of analysis and interpretation of drugs, alcohol, and poisons in post-mortem samples submitted by the BC Coroners Service. I completed a BSc at the University of Guelph in Biomedical Toxicology, an MSc at the University of Northern BC in Interdisciplinary Studies, and a PhD at the University of Toronto in Pharmaceutical Sciences. I worked as a forensic toxicologist at the Ontario Centre of Forensic Sciences where I focused primarily on death investigations for the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario. I joined the Provincial Toxicology Centre in August 2017 to meet increasing demands arising from the opioid crisis. My current research interests include knowledge translation and data sharing to provide proactive solutions and rapid responses to drug-related issues.



Academic Background

  • PhD, (Pharmaceutical Sciences) University of Toronto 2014
  • MSc, (Toxicology) University of Northern British Columbia 2008
  • BSc, (Biomedical Toxicology) University of Guelph 2005

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Research Interest

  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Patterns of Drug Use
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Novel Drug Identification and Characterization

Clinical Service

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