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Korina Menking-Hoggatt, Ph.D. (Fed)

Research Chemist

Korina Menking-Hoggatt joined the Inorganic Chemical Metrology group in the Chemical Sciences Division at NIST in early September 2023. Before joining NIST, she was a postdoctoral researcher at West Virginia University continuing the gunshot residue research she was doing for her Ph.D. Korina received her undergraduate in chemistry from West Virginia State University in 2009. Then she worked for several years in clinical laboratories, starting in a large laboratory, and ending in a small one. She returned to school and received her Master of Science from the Department of Forensic and Investigative Science at WVU in 2017 that focused on the economic impact of using portable field testing on forensic evidence. After her Master’s, she completed her Ph.D in 2021 which focused on the development of a gunshot residue standard and a large population study to statistically analyze the elemental profiles of the hands of people who had handled a firearm and those who had not. Korina’s scientific interests include standard development, trace evidence, inorganic analysis, and workflow efficiency. Some of her outside interests include reading, gardening, arts and crafts, and cooking. 



  1. Vander Pyl, C; Dalzell, K; Menking-Hoggatt, K; Ledergerber, T; Arroyo, L; Trejos, T. Response to Arie Zeichner’s commentary on “Transfer and persistence studies of inorganic and organic gunshot residues using synthetic skin membranes Forensic chemistry 34 (2023) 10498”. Forensic Chemistry. 2023.
  2. Vander Pyl, C.; Menking-Hoggatt, K.; Arroyo, L.; Gonzalez, J.J.; Lui, C.; Yoo, J.; Russo, R.R.; Trejos, T. Evolution of LIBS technology to mobile instrumentation for expediting firearm-related investigations at the laboratory and the crime scene. Spectrochimica Acta Part B Atomic Spectroscopy. 2023. 2023.106741
  3. Vander Pyl, C; Dalzell, K; Menking-Hoggatt, K; Ledergerber, T; Arroyo, L; Trejos, T. Transfer and Persistence Studies of Inorganic and Organic Gunshot Residues using Synthetic Skin Membranes. Forensic Chemistry. 2023.
  4. Szakas, S.; Menking-Hoggatt, K.; Trejos, T.; Gundlach-Graham, A.. Elemental Characterization of Leaded and Lead-Free Inorganic Primer Gunshot Residue Standards by spICP-TOFMS. Applied Spectroscopy.
  5. Menking-Hoggatt, K; Ott, C; Vander Pyl, C; Dalzell, K; Curran, J; Arroyo, L; Trejos, T. Prevalence and Probabilistic Assessment of Organic and Inorganic Gunshot Residue and Background Profiles using LIBS, Electrochemistry, and SEM-EDS. Forensic Chemistry. 2022.
  6. Feeney, W; Menking-Hoggatt, K; Arroyo, L; Curran, J; Bell, S; Trejos, T. Evaluation of organic and inorganic gunshot residues in various populations using LC-MS/MS. 27, Forensic Chemistry 2022.
  7. Vander Pyl, C.; Martinez-Lopez, C.; Menking-Hoggatt, K.; Trejos, T. Analysis of Primer Gunshot Residue Particles by Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy and Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry. The Analyst 2021.
  8. Feeney, W.; Menking-Hoggatt, K.; Vander Pyl, C.; Ott, C.; Bell, S.; Arroyo, L.; Trejos, T.; Detection of organic and inorganic gunshot residues from hands using complexing agents and LC-MS/MS. Analytical Methods 2021.
  9. Menking-Hoggatt, K.; Martinez, C.; Vander Pyl, C.; Heller, E.; Pollock, E. "Chip"; Arroyo, L.; Trejos, T. Development of Tailor-Made Inorganic Gunshot Residue (IGSR) Microparticle Standards and Characterization with a Multi-Technique Approach. Talanta 2021.
  10. Menking‐Hoggatt K.; Arroyo L.; Curran J.; Trejos T. Novel LIBS Method for Micro‐spatial Chemical Analysis of Inorganic Gunshot Residues. Journal of Chemometrics2019.
  11. Trejos, T.; Vander Pyl, C.; Korina Menking-Hoggatt, K.; Alvarado, L.; Arroyo, L., Fast Identification of Inorganic and Organic Gunshot Residues by LIBS and Electrochemical Methods. Forensic Chemistry 2018.


  • Co-author on the winning poster for the student award provided by the Elsevier Forensic Chemistry Journal and titled Rapid Laser-Based Methods for the Detection of Modern Gunshot Residues in July 2021. 
  • Recipient of Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists conference 2020 Scholarship winner in September 2020.
  • Recipient of National Institute of Justice fellowship for STEM in Forensic Science; award number 2018-R2-CX-0009.
  • Recipient of the 2018 Blaney Fellowship. The award was used as travel funding to start a collaboration with the Sacramento County District Attorneys' Crim Laboratory (SCDACL) during the week of September 17th-20th, 2018. 
  • 1st place poster winner at the Chesapeake Bay Division- International Association of Identification on April 17th, 2018, for a poster titled Versatility of Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy for Fast Detection of Gunshot Residues.
Created September 13, 2023, Updated June 14, 2024