Lee Polite

Dr. Lee N. Polite, B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.

Primary instructor and institute coordinator for all of the courses

Dr. Polite has been teaching chromatography to professionals for more than 27 years. Lee is the National Instructor for the American Chemical Society’s popular “Practical and Applied GC”, “Fundamentals of HPLC” and all hands-on HPLC and GC courses. His company, Axion Analytical Labs, Inc, is the only designated “Alliance Training Partner” to Agilent Technologies for chromatography courses. Agilent is the world’s largest chromatography company. Lee has also taught courses for the FDA, FBI Academy, EPA and every major pharmaceutical, chemical and petroleum company in the US. Dr. Polite has been an invited chromatography lecturer in 17 countries. He is the author of 3 book chapters on chromatography, several refereed publications, and more than 100 professional course manuals on chromatography. Before becoming lab director for Axion, Lee spent 9 years with Amoco Corporation with a variety of responsibilities including: heading up their HPLC efforts, serving as Technology Supervisor of a refinery lab, and Group Leader of their environmental analysis efforts. He also spent time working as an applications chemist for a major HPLC vendor, an HPLC specialist for a QC laboratory, and a technician in a pharmacology research lab. He was conferred his Ph.D. in chromatography by Professor Harold McNair.

Harold McNair

Professor Harold McNair, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

One of the icons of chromatography

Prof. McNair is widely viewed as America’s first pioneer of modern absorption-based Chromatography. He founded Varian equipment GC division and later Hewlett Packard. He ran the very first GC in the United States while at Perdue. He studied under Nobel Laureate Dr. A.J.P. Martin (who was awarded the Nobel Prize for GC in 1952), Dr. Steve Dal Nogare and Prof. A.I.M. Keulemans. He developed one of the first chromatography short courses over 35 years ago and has been teaching ever since. He has consulted and/or received grants from the FDA, FBI, FAA, CODEX, DHS and numerous industrial organizations. Professor McNair has trained 50 graduates students in chromatography with 200 publications and countless national and international awards. Highlights of his career in addition to the above would definitely include: reporting the first capillary GC–MS results in1961; introducing temperature programmed LC in 1981 to the world; using mobile phase modifiers to stabilize retention times on silica gel; developing the first directly coupled LC/GC experiment using two independent computers in 1981; identify- ing the role of pH in CZE to add to the electrostatic mobility of highly hydrated protons; many still classified methods of detecting bombs and explosives; and, also early work on analyzing steroids in urine by GC-TOF- MS. The latter study was one of the earliest demonstrations of the use of TOF-MS coupled to GC for deter- mining traces of steroids in urine and this work was honored with an “outstanding Ph.D. thesis award” from Virginia Tech. He has been conferred Chemistry’s top honors including the K.P. Dimick Award(1991), the Tswett Medal (1993), the Dal Nogare Award (2001), the Horvath Medal (2003) and most recently, the LCGC Lifetime Achievement in Chromatography Award (2009). He is still actively involved in teaching and in re- search. He is a funded professor emeritus at Virginia Tech.

Lew Fox

Lew Fox

Chromatography instructor

Mr. Fox is one of three Agilent certified software instructors. He specializes in software and Analog to Digital Conversion issues. He is also well known expert in integration matters. He is well-known in the industry as an expert in chemometrics. Lew spent more than a decade teaching gas chromatography for Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies. Since his retirement from Agilent nearly 10 years ago, Lew has been teaching gas chromatography hardware and software courses at Axion Labs.

737a54_385fd530d08cef5448e35641b8ecf02d.jpg_srz_225_270_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzJimmie Valentine, B.S., B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Pharmacology and Chromatography Instructor for the American Chemical Society

Dr. Valentine holds B.S. degrees in both Biology and Chemistry from Centenary College of Louisiana and received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Mississippi in Medicinal Chemistry. In 2008, Dr. Valentine retired from the University Of Arkansas College Of Medicine where he served for 19-years as Professor of Pediatrics, Pharmacology, and Myeloma Research. Prior to Dr. Valentine’s tenure at the University of Arkansas, Dr. Valentine was a faculty member at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine (1973-1978) and Oral Roberts University School of Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma (1978-1990) where he served as Professor and Chairman of Pharmacology from 1984-1990. He was recognized as the Outstanding Faculty Member, an award bestowed by the medical students in 1984. At all the academic institutions where Dr. Valentine served as a faculty member he also directed certified toxicology laboratories and had active research programs in the fields of drugs of abuse, performing and developing analytical techniques for determining drugs of abuse, and correlating levels found in humans with behavioral effects. Dr. Valentine has published 60 papers in the scientific and medical literature and has written 12 chapters in professional treatises and is co- author of 3 books. Dr. Valentine has presented numerous training seminars on the correlation of drug use and behavioral effects in relationship to levels determined in physiological fluids both in living and post-mortem situations. Dr. Valentine is Board certified in applied clinical pharmacology and as a forensic examiner. Dr. Valentine has been certified as an expert witness in numerous civil and criminal trials and administrative hearings concerning drug findings. Dr. Valentine now serves as a consultant in medical pharmacology and toxicology


Heather L. Harris, MFS, JD, D-ABC

Chromatography Instructor for the American Chemical Society

Ms. Harris is an independent forensic science consultant and expert witness and a PA licensed attorney working in the areas of criminal and regulatory drug law. Ms. Harris holds a Master of Forensic Science degree from The George Washington University where she concentrated in the areas of forensic chemistry and toxicology. While at GWU, she taught laboratory and recitation courses in the Department of Chemistry and she performed research assistance for the forensic toxicologist in the Department of Forensic Science. She began her career as a forensic scientist at the Bexar County Criminal Investigation Laboratory in San Antonio TX where she worked primarily in drug analysis and clandestine lab analysis. Upon relocation to Philadelphia, Ms. Harris worked a major private forensic and clincal laboratory in Willow Grove, PA as a forensic chemist and attended Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in the part-time evening program. She is an adjunct professor at Arcadia College. She lectures nationally.



Justin J. McShane, JD, F-AIC

Senior Assistant Chromatography Instructor for the American Chemical Society

Attorney McShane is a trial attorney who specializes in using forensic science in defending citizens amongst us who have been accused of a crime by the Government. He is nationally known and well regarded for being a skilled and fierce litigator, but is also well known for his strong understanding and in-depth knowledge in all forms of forensic science. He earned the American Chemical Society-Chemistry and the Law Division (ACS-CHAL) designation as Forensic Lawyer Scientist (The first attorney in the United States to be designated as such).He has earned Board Certification both in DUI Defense Law by the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) (the first and only Pennsylvania Lawyer to do so and also was the youngest person in the United States ever to be so certified) and as a Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Approved Agency.

He has also earned certification in Forensic Sobriety Assessment, the first attorney to do so in the nation. He is a Sustaining Member, and was the State Delegate National Coordinator with the NCDD. He is the 2012 NCDD Dean’s Award recipient. He received the 2012 Pennsylvania Association for Drunk Driving Defense Attorneys (PADDDA) Outstanding Achievement Award. He is a charter member of DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA). He was the Founding Treasurer of the Board of Trustees for the DUI Defense Lawyers Association Justice Foundation (DUIDLAJF). He was named to the faculty of the Indiana University Center for Studies of Law in Action Borkenstein Drug Course in 2014 and remains on faculty today. He has been accepted as a non-retained expert witness in federal court (the Middle District of Pennsylvania) as an expert in DUI investigation and defense as well as in the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and chemical testing.

He is a frequent invited guest lecturer at international, national, state and local seminars that are attended by prosecutors, police, investigators, lawyers, judges, academics, scientists, machine manufacturers, and policy-makers. He has lectured at the American Chemical Society (ACS) National meeting nine times and has presented four times at the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 American Academy for Forensic Science (AAFS) national meetings. He was named a Fellow with both the American Institute of Chemists (AIC) and the AAFS. The ACS has named him a Senior Assistant Chromatography Instructor. He serves as the co-chairman of the Forensic Science section of the ACS-Chemistry and the Law (CHAL) Division, and is the Chairman of the CHAL division. He has been selected annually as a SuperLawyer. He is the Chairman/CEO of The McShane Firm, LLC, an eight attorney criminal defense and DUI law firm. He maintains three blogs:

www.TheTruthAboutForensicScience.com, www.PADUIBlog.com and www.PennLAGO.com

Josh D. Lee, JD, MS, NREMT

Assistant Chromatography Instructor for the American Chemical Society

Attorney Josh D. Lee holds a Master of Science Degree in Pharmacy, with a concentration in Forensic Science, from the University of Florida. He is nationally recognized for his knowledge of the science of blood testing and is a frequent lecturer on DUI/DWI related topics in his home state of Oklahoma as well as across the United States. He has been invited to lecture at the American Chemical Society national meeting on two occasions. He is one of only two attorneys who have taught at the American Chemical Society course on Gas Chromatography held at Axion Analytical Laboratories in Chicago Illinois. At this course he and Justin McShane taught alongside the legendary Dr. Harold McNair. Furthermore, he is a published author on the topic of Gas Chromatography. Mr. Lee is also a certified instructor of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, certified independent operator of the Intoxilyzer 5000 and Intoxilyzer 8000 by the State of Oklahoma, as well as trained in the Drug Recognition Expert program. Mr. Lee is a founding member of the firm Ward & Lee, PLC, serving the citizens of northeast Oklahoma. 

Ron L. Moore, B.S., JD

Assistant Chromatography Instructor for the American Chemical Society

Attorney Ronald L. Moore has a unique combination of past experiences that he uses to represent people accused of Driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or medications in Southern California. Mr. Moore was a forensic scientist at the Orange County Crime Lab for over 18 years, working in Toxicology, Narcotics, Ballistics, and Crime Scene Investigation (CSI). He turned to the practice of law after 18 months as Supervisor of the Forensic Alcohol unit. He has testified in over 600 cases as an expert witness, and participated in the investigation of approximately 50 homicides, 25 officer involved shootings, and over 100 autopsies, as well as analyzing over 40,000 blood and urine samples for alcohol by headspace gas chromatography and training hundreds of police officers in evidential breath test- ing with the Intoxilyzer 5000, BAC Datamaster, and Alco-Sensor IV. Mr. Moore is an FST instructor and Forensic Sobriety Assessment certified, as well as DRE trained. He also spent over 14 years as a reserve Deputy Sheriff with 6 years as a Search and Rescue K9 handler and 4 years as an Emergency Medical Technician. Attorney Moore is a frequent speaker at legal conferences across the country, and has published articles in both legal and scientific journals.