Prof. Marco Vincenti
Professor of Analytical Chemistry
Director of the Department of Chemistry, University of Torino, Italy
Director of the Regional Antidoping and Toxicology Center “A. Bertinaria”, Orbassano (Torino), Italy
The Role of Hair Analysis in the Investigation of Drug-Facilitated Rapes
Marco Vincenti is Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Torino (Turin, Italy), and Director of the Department of Chemistry since 2015. In 2001, he founded a Master Degree in "Clinical, Forensic Chemistry and Doping Control" at the University of Turin, where he currently teaches “Instrumental Analysis” and “Chemometrics”.
Since 2008, he is Director of the Regional Antidoping and Toxicology Laboratory “A. Bertinaria" of Turin, built for the 2006 Winter Olympics. Since 2009, the Laboratory obtained ISO 17025 accreditation for a wide range of analytical determinations regarding drugs of abuse and alcohol abuse in a variety of biological matrices (blood, urine, hair, oral fluid). The Laboratory executes about 300,000 analytical determinations/year on 65,000 biological samples/year, including 18,000 hair samples per year.
Prior to joining the University of Torino in 1990, Prof. Vincenti worked for 7 years in the corporate research center of a chemical industry (Istituto Guido Donegani – Montedison Group – Novara, Italy), as the person in charge of the mass spectrometry lab. In 1986, he was Visiting Scientist in the "Aston Laboratory" of Prof. Graham R. Cooks at the Purdue University (Indiana - USA). He investigated innovative tandem mass spectrometric techniques, associated with collisional activation on solid surfaces and gases. During his academic activity, he also collaborated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the determination of new and unpredictable water disinfection byproducts in potable water.
His current research interests are directed toward various applications of analytical chemistry, including toxicology, forensic investigation, doping control, clinical analysis, chemometrics, and the development of innovative methods for determining new psychoactive substances (NPS) and drugs with anabolic activity, illegally used in sport as well as in animal breeding. He collaborates with the Justice, the Police forces, and the Regione Piemonte government for the chemical analysis of biological samples and drug mixtures seized during law enforcement and crime prosecution activities.
Prof. Vincenti authored more than 160 scientific papers on international journals, 6 book chapters, and 5 international patents. He collaborated with eminent scientists, including Donald Cram (UCLA, Nobel Prize for Chemistry) and Graham Cooks (Purdue, Member of the US National Academy of Sciences). He is a member of the Italian Chemical Society, the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT), and the Society of Hair Testing (SoHT), where he serves as a Board Member since 2016.