Learn More About Mignon Dunbar

Mignon Dunbar is an accomplished scientist based in the San Francisco Bay Area, with over 10 years of combined laboratory experience.  Her broad experience includes testing soil and water samples for diesel/motor oil, identifying controlled substances and performing DNA testing on both plant and human samples.  Among her colleagues, Mignon Dunbar has earned a reputation as a detail-oriented and conscientious scientist, with a great interest in quality assurance and helping her co-workers.

From 2001 until 2007, Mignon Dunbar studied at the University of California – Davis. There, she earned a Bachelor of Science in genetics and a Master of Science in forensic science, which set the stage for her career in the field of science.  During this time, she also served as an analyst in the United States Air Force Reserves.  After finishing her studies, Mignon worked as a forensic scientist for over 9 years. Mignon decided to leave forensics in order to positively impact peoples’ live by joining the rewarding field of clinical laboratory science.  Mignon Dunbar received her clinical laboratory science certificate from San Francisco State University and is a certified clinical laboratory scientist through the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Mignon Dunbar loves her career as a clinical laboratory scientist!

Learn More About Clinical Laboratory Science

Clinical laboratory science professionals (also called medical laboratory scientists or medical laboratory technicians) are highly skilled scientists who discover the presence or absence of disease and provide data that helps physicians determine the best treatment for the patient.

Although they are not often personally involved with patients, laboratory technologists and technicians play a crucial role in the process of providing personalized care. They generate vitally important data for identifying and treating cancer, heart disease, diabetes and many other health conditions.

Learn More About Forensic Science

Forensic science refers to the application of science to criminal and civil laws. Forensic scientists collect, preserve, and analyze scientific evidence during the course of an investigation. The word forensic derives from the Latin word, forēnsis, meaning “of or before the forum.” The term originated during Roman times, during which a criminal charge meant presenting the case before a group or public individuals in a forum. Both the accused and accuser would deliver speeches detailing their sides of the argument. The case would be decided in favor of whichever individual gave the best argument with the best delivery. This origin is the source of the two modern usages of the word forensic, both as a form of legal evidence and as a category of public presentation.

Learn More About Analytical Chemistry

Analytical chemistry is the study of the separation, identification, and quantification of the chemical components of natural and artificial materials. Qualitative analysis gives an indication of the identity of the chemical species in the sample, while qualitative analysis determines the amount of certain components in the substance. The field can be separated into two different methods: classical and instrumental.

Classical methods utilize separations such as precipitation, extraction, and distillation. Qualitative analysis involves color, odor or melting point. Quantitative analysis is conducting through the measurement of weight or volume.

Instrumental methods use an apparatus to measure physical quantities, which include light absorption, fluorescence, or conductivity. The separation of materials is accomplished through the use of chromatography, electrophoresis, or field flow fractionation methods.