Dr. Ruxandra Chira: Investigating the Development of Legalised Synthetic Drugs

I am Ruxandra from Romania, and love sunny weather and travelling. I am a pharmacist with research interests in Analytical Chemistry. Among my PhD research stays abroad the experience in Münster was the most enjoyable and productive. And now I am glad to have the chance to be back here!

My research topic involves developing additional analytical techniques for identifying, characterising and quantifying synthetic drugs and their metabolites. Sold as allegedly legal alternatives, these compounds quickly spread to worldwide use and increased in structural complexity, and are now a life-threatening issue.

Fun fact: when you tell people you are doing research in chemistry they typically complain about how much they hated it in high school, however when you tell them you work with synthetic drugs many suddenly become interested in the topic.