Dr. Byron Curtis

Ph.D. F-ABFT, Chief Forensic Toxicologist

Dr. Curtis has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Central State University (now known as University of Central Oklahoma) and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences with emphasis in Pharmacology/Toxicology from the University of Oklahoma. Dr Curtis hold certification as a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Toxicologists. He has been employed at the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner for the past 27 or so years. The first fifteen years were spent as a “bench” Forensic Chemist working under the direction of (in chronologic order), Richard Prouty M.S., D-ABFT, Timothy Rohrig Ph.D., F-ABFT, Philip Kemp Ph.D., F-ABFT . He has occupied the Chief Toxicologist position for the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner since 2009. For Dr Curtis’ doctoral research he conducted an investigation into the toxicology of the phenethylamine analog 2C-T-7 a hallucinogen structurally related to several compounds currently appearing such as 2C-B, 2C-E, BromoDragonFly etc. His previous laboratory experience varies from mining ore assays, oilfield services, waste water testing to water analysis.

Dr. Curtis teaches, "Evidence and the Toxicology Lab" for Academy Hour.