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Carolyn Q. Burdette (Fed)

Research Chemist

Carolyn is currently a member of the Biochemical and Exposure Science Group of the Chemical Science Division located at the Hollings Marine Laboratory. Her work supports the measurement  organic contaminants, both historical and of emerging concern (i.e. PFAS), through the development of methods and reference materials for both environmental and human samples. Techniques include LC-MS, LC-MS/MS, high-res MS, and GC-MS. Carolyn began her career at NIST as an ODS postdoctoral associate in the Organic Chemical Metrology Group, focused on the determination of vitamin D and vitamin D metabolites in human serum and dietary supplements.  Carolyn has extensive experience in the area of health assessment, supporting the measurement communities with methods, materials, and quality assurance programs for the determination of vitamins, vitamin metabolites, and marker compounds in clinical, dietary supplement, and food matrices. 

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 – 2020)
  • 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)
  • AOAC Technical Division on Reference Materials (TDRM)
    • Elected Member, Education Committee, Nomination Committee
  • 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)


Created October 9, 2019, Updated April 18, 2024