Dr. Ira S. Lurie

Ira Lurie
Research Professor
Somers Residence Hall
2100 Foxhall Road, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20007
[email protected]

Professor Ira Lurie received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, under the direction of Professor Peter Schoenmakers, where his thesis described the use of ultra high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) for the analysis of seized drugs. He recently retired from USA Drug Enforcement Administration where he served for almost 40 years as a forensic chemist. During his tenure with the DEA, where he served as the agency’s expert in liquid phase separations, and his appointment at George Washington University (GWU).

Dr. Lurie has co-edited a book, and authored or co-authored 7 book chapters and over 70 peer reviewed articles. Professor Lurie has testified more than 40 times in state courts, federal courts and in Singapore. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). 

Dr. Lurie is the winner of the 2015 Paul L. Kirk Award, the highest form of recognition one can receive from the Criminalistics Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. His research interest include novel separation and detection techniques for drug analysis i.e. ultra high performance supercritical fluid chromatography (UHPSFC) , multi-dimensional (UHPLC), and gas chromatography (GC) coupled to cold electron ionization (EI) mass spectrometry (MS) and vacuum ultraviolet detection (VUV). Since his time at GWU he has received NIJ research grants totaling close to 800K. Among the classes he instructs is Forensic Drug Analysis. 


BA, Queens College
MS, Rutgers University
PhD, University of Amsterdam