George Tannous

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December 28, 2009
Holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences ( Clinical Biochemistry, Microbiology, Haematology and Blood Banking, Immunology and Serology and Forensic Science) 1983 he joined the haematology department at Westmead Hospital. 1987 he joined AGAL where he conducted complex analysis in the organic residues. 1990 he was in charge of eight Gas Chromatograh instruments. 1991 helped introducing Dual Columns/ Dual ECD systems for the analysis of environmental samples. 1992 he was on the team to introduce the Delta Data system in organic residues. 1994 he was transferred to the Australian Sport Drugs Testing Laboratory. 1996 he joined the Australian Forensic Drug Laboratory. He has been instrumental in designing and assembling many of the laboratory equipment and negotiating prices with manufacturers, which resulted in substantial reduction in manufacture cost of these equipments. These equipments are located in waters, traces elements, foods, ASDTL, and organic residues. One of his designed and built equipment is a separating funnel shaker for AGAL NSW pesticides Section that saved staff sore wrists and elbows from shaking of hundreds of water samples processed by the section. In 2001 he built a Cryogenic Autosampler from available components, which was able to collect data required to predict the severity of the greenhouse effect when the aerosol of sulphur precursors is detected. He received a Plaque of Appreciation from ACE-Asia Intensive Observation in Korea for his contribution, which put AGAL laboratory as an internationally recognised laboratory. In 2002 he designed and built an automatic liquid- liquid extractor for extracting organic residues and other prohibited substances from tablets, liquid and other matrices. The extractor is designed to add the various chemicals and solvents to isolate only the specific drugs, which are looked for in the sample. It can do six samples in five minutes, which removes the monotony of extracting by manual means. His achievements, inventions and researches have been featured in various international science publications.

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