Dr. Rieders is a licensed Laboratory Director and Forensic Scientist at NMS Labs in Willow Grove, PA, an internationally accredited private, independent clinical toxicology and forensic science laboratory. Dr. Rieders is a Fellow of The American Academy of Forensic Sciences, a member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists, the World Association of Medical Law, and an Affiliate Member of The National Association of Medical Examiners where he serves on their Foundation Board. He served on Pennsylvania’s Commission on Wrongful Convictions where he worked with the Forensic Science Subcommittee on recommendations to improve the forensic science investigation system. Dr. Rieders has qualified as an Expert in Forensic Toxicology and testified in numerous criminal, civil and arbitration proceedings.
Dr. Rieders earned a B.A. in Chemistry from Arcadia University in 1980 and a PhD in Pharmacology/Toxicology from Thomas Jefferson University in 1985 where he was active as volunteer faculty and lectured in Toxicology. He is past President of the Jefferson College of Graduate Studies Alumni Association where he was honored as Distinguished Alumnus. Dr. Michael F. Rieders was the 2015 honoree of the Jefferson President's Award, which is given to Jefferson’s strongest supporters, truest servants and closest friends. Rieders served as a Term Trustee on the Arcadia University Board, and as a volunteer faculty member serving as a course director and lecturer in Toxicology at Arcadia’s Masters of Forensic Science Program. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Advisors and Fellows at The Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Sciences at New Haven University and is on the Board of Trustees of the Fredric Rieders Family Foundation in Willow Grove, PA as Officer and Director and Chief Scientific Officer. Rieders is a Board member of The Vidocq Society, the premier US cold murder case investigations organization which examines cases and assist law enforcement agencies in identifying leads that may help solve homicides. He was awarded the Filinger Medal for Lifetime Achievement by The Vidocq Society in 2013.
Dr. Rieders was an editor of the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences publication Science Technology and National Security, wrote a chapter in Forensic Aspects of Chemical Terrorism and recently published an article on his work with NASA: “Management of a Potentially Toxic Accidental Trialkylamine Ingestion during Spaceflight” in Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine.
He was featured as a Forensic Scientist in the BBC film “How Sherlock Holmes Changed the World of Forensic Science” and Smithsonian Channel’s “Forensic Firsts: Proving Poison”. He is a frequent guest speaker and presenter at numerous conferences and seminars. Rieders is an avid advanced open water scuba diver, a sushi chef and enjoys gardening, photography and international travel.