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Carolyn Q. Burdette (Fed)

Research Chemist

Carolyn works in the area of health assessment, assisting the community with methods, materials, and quality assurance programs for the determination of vitamins, vitamin metabolites, and marker compounds in clinical, dietary supplement, and food matrices.  Carolyn began her career at NIST as an ODS postdoctoral associate focused on the determination of vitamin D and vitamin D metabolites in human serum and dietary supplements.  Carolyn has also been involved in the development of methods and measurement of fat-soluble vitamins in numerous clinical and food SRMs, and currently leads the Health Assessment Measurements Quality Assurance Program (HAMQAP).  Carolyn is also currently a member of the JCTLM Database Working Groups for Metabolites and Substrates and Vitamins and Micronutrients.

Professional Activities

  • Joint Committee for Traceability in Laboratory Medicine (JCTLM)
    Metabolites and Substrates Review Team Member (2016 – present)
    Vitamins and Micronutrients Review Team Member (2016 – 2020) and Leader (2020 – present)
  • Washington Chromatography Discussion Group (WCDG)
    Board Member (2015 – present)
  • AOAC Stakeholder Panels
    SPDS (Stakeholder Panel on Dietary Supplements)
    SPSFAM (Stakeholder Panel on Strategic Food Analytical Methods)
    SPIFAN (Stakeholder Panel on Infant Formula and Adult Nutritionals)
  • American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS)
  • Sistema Interamericano de Metrologia (SIM) Clinical Anlayte Training Course; Special Publication (NIST SP) - 1209

Outreach Activities

  • NIST Summer Institute for Middle School Teachers
  • NIST Child Care Center Summer Camp
  • NIST’s TODSTWD (Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day)
  • Kids Adventure Child Care Program


Allen V. Astin Measurement Science Award (2018); For creating the measurement infrastructure required for global assessment of the role of vitamin D in human health. Given as a group award along with Mary Bedner, Johanna Camara, Katrice Lippa, Karen Phinney, and Lane Sander.

NIST MML Outreach Accolade (2017); NIST/SIM Chemical Metrology Working Group Training Opportunity: Isotope Dilution-Mass Spectrometry Clinical Measurement Course

NIST MML Angel Investor Award (2014); A High-Throughput, Surface-Based Ionization Technique

NIH Dietary Supplement Research Practicum (2012) Attendee and Travel Grant Recipient

ACS Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry Award (2006)


Cannabis Quality Assurance Program: Exercise 2 Toxic Elements Final Report

Chuck Barber, Colleen E. Bryan Sallee, Carolyn Burdette, Shaun Kotoski, Melissa M. Phillips, Walter Brent Wilson, Laura Wood
In 2020, NIST launched CannaQAP to improve the comparability of the analytical measurements of cannabis and cannabis-derived products in forensic and cannabis
Created October 9, 2019, Updated November 13, 2023