Peter Frade, Ph.D.

Peter Frade, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus




Peter Frade, Ph.D.

Degrees and Certifications

  • 1978 Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (Analytical), Wayne State University - Detroit, Michigan
  • 1971 Master of Science in Chemistry (Analytical), Wayne State University - Detroit, Michigan
  • 1968 Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Wayne State University - Detroit, Michigan

Positions and Employment

  • 2017-2022, Associate Dean for Health Sciences
  • 2016-2017, Interim Associate Dean for Health Sciences
  • 2003-2016, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Fundamental and Applied Health Sciences; Program Director, Mortuary Science
  • 2001-2016, Program Director, Pathologists' Assistant
  • 2000-2003, Interim Chairman, Department of Mortuary Science
  • 1996-present, Associate Professor, Mortuary Science
  • 1997-present, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • 1968-1996, Clinical Laboratory Scientist: Toxicologist, Department of Pathology, Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology and the Division of Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit

Awards and Honors

  • Inspire from Within Philanthropy Award 2017

Professional Memberships

  • Editorial Review Board, The Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Harvey Whitney Books, Cincinnati, OH (2003-2014).


  • American Chemical Society
  • American Institute of Chemists (Fellow)
  • Association of Analytical Chemists
  • American Association for Clinical Chemistry
  • American College of Toxicology
  • Association of Clinical Scientists (Fellow)
  • Michigan Association of Allied Health Professionals
  • National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (Fellow)
  • Royal Society of Chemistry- London, England
  • The New York Academy of Sciences
  • The American College of Forensic Examiners
  • Sigma Xi, Wayne State University Chapter
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon, Wayne State University Chapter

Areas of Expertise

  • Application of high resolution chromatographic techniques to problems involved with clinical, forensic, pharmaceutical and toxicological analysis
  • Medicolegal and pharmaceutical applications of hyphenated gas chromatography / mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography / mass spectrometry
  • Forensic applications of hyphenated analytical technology
  • Epoxidation reactions: Synthesis of epoxide and vicinal diol regioisomers

Primary Research Interest

Chemical modulators and molecular mechanisms in tissue preservation enhancement: (1) complications associated with traditional embalming techniques (2) photochemical interventions mediating the removal of jaundice and other biochemical postmortem stain in cadavers (3) alternative skin closure techniques and (4) evaluation of fundamental tissue processes in embalming protocols by laser based microscopy.

Recent Publications

  1. Frade PD: [Published Book Review]  Applications of Inorganic Mass 
Spectrometry, John R. DeLaeter, Wiley-Interscience Series on Mass 
Spectrometry, John Wiley: New York, 2001.  The Chemist 80 (2003).
  2. Frade PD:  [Published Book Review]  Advances in Photochemistry, Vol 
25, D.C. Neckers, D.H. Volman, G.von Bunau, Editors, John Wiley: New 
York, 1999.  The Chemist 77 (3): 26 (2000).
3. Frade KL and Frade PD: Obstacles to Producing Online Courses Journal 
of Funeral Service Education. 8(2): 13-16, 2001.
  3. Frade, PD: [Guest Editorial]: Physical Chemistry : an expanding 
multidimensional dynamic discipline in chemistry. Physical Chemistry 
Issue, The Chemist 78(4), 1-2 (2001).
  4. Frade, PD: [Guest Editorial]: Forensic Chemistry and Legal Challenges - 
Contemporary Perspective. Forensic Chemistry Issue, The Chemist 
78(1), 1-2, 2001.
  5. Frade PD: A comparative study between technology and traditional 
instruction outcomes in mortuary science chemistry and pathology course 
offerings. Journal of Funeral Service Education 7(1): 49-54, 2000.
  6. Van Rollins M,  Frade PD, and Carretero OA: Synthesis of epoxide and 
vicinal diol regioisomers from docosahexanate methyl esters.  Journal of 
Lipid Research 30: 275-286, 1989.
  7. Van Rollins M, Frade PD, and Carretero OA:  Oxidation of 5,8,11,14,17-
eicosapentaenoic acid by hepatic and renal microsomes.  Biochimica et 
Biophysica Acta 966: 133-149,  1988.
  8. Lin WL and Frade PD:  Simultaneous quantitation of eight tricyclic 
antidepressants in serum by high performance liquid chromatography.  
Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 9:  448-455, 1987.

Selected abstracts, poster sessions, invited lecture presentations 

  1. Frade PD: Blood as Criminal Evidence.  49th Annual Meeting of the 
Michigan Association of Blood Banks, Doubletree Hotel, Detroit 
Metropolitan Airport, Romulus Michigan, September 10, 2003.
  2. Frade PD, Ladd ED, Zalman M, Diegel R, Woodford D: Gene Squad 
Panel Discussion, Research Revolution, Bernath Auditorium, David 
Adamany Undergraduate Library, Wayne State University, Detroit 
Michigan, August 21, 2003.
  3. Ladd ED and Frade PD: Enhancing the Learning Process with Power 
Point. Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching North, 
Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan, September 21-22, 2001.
  4. Frade KL and Frade PD: 2001-A Web Based Course Design and 
Development Journey [workshop]. Lilly Conference on College and 
University Teaching North, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan, 
September 21-22, 2001.
  5. Frade PD [Keynote Speaker]: Forensic Chemistry and Legal Challenges 
 A Contemporary Perspective. Joint Awards Banquet, American 
Chemical Society Detroit Section and Canadian Institute of Chemists, 
Beach Grove Country Club, Windsor, Ontario, May 23, 2001.
  6. Frade PD, Barraco SA, Brown DM, Browne HS,  Montie ML, Morris KE, 
Nixon LA, Schober MS, Wilson LM [Abstract]: Critical assessment of 
current applications of forensic odontology: basis for future adjunct 
technologies. The Forensic Examiner 9(1/2): 32, 2000.
7. Frade PD :[Lecture] Critical Assessment of Current Applications of 
Forensic Odontology: Basis for Future Adjunct Technologies. 1999 
American College of Forensic Examiners / American Psychological 
Association Joint Annual Meeting, Waldorf Astora, New York, New York, 
October 30, 1999.
  7. Frade PD: Synthesis, Purification, and Structure Elucidation of Epoxide 
Regioisomers Derived from Eicosapentaenoic [20:5 (n-3)] 
Docosahexaenoic [22:6 (n-3)] Acids.  Association of Analytical 
Chemists: 50th Anniversary Anachem Symposium,  Botsford Inn, 
Farmington, Michigan, November 7, 1991.
  8. Van Rollins M,  Cook R, Carretero OA, Frade PD: Identification and  
Synthesis of Cytochrome P-450 Metabolites of Omega-3 Fatty Acids,  
Eighth Annual Michigan Cardiovascular Research Forum, American 
Heart Association of Michigan, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 
Michigan, September 15, 1988.

Articles (non-peer reviewed)

  1. Frade PD, Ethics the cornerstone of professionalism in funeral service 
education, American Funeral Director, 126(6): 90, 2003.
  2. Personal Published Interviews
  3. Rules of Evidence Forensic Investigations Peter Frade is Our Man on 
the Crime Scene [Interviewed by Leslie Mertz], Wayne State  Magazine, 
Vol 17(1), 26-27, 2003.
  4. Career Opportunities in Forensic Investigation and Forensic Science, 
[Interviewed by Douglas Schmidt],  The Windsor Star, Windsor Ontario 
Canada,  January 4, 2003, A1-A4.The Chemistry of Embalming [Interviewed by Robin Sussingham],  
Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 17-20, Spring Issue, 2000.

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