Dr. McCord received a BS in Chemistry with honors from the College of William and Mary in 1981, and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986.
Earlier in his career, he worked as a senior Chemist at CIBA-Geigy in McIntosh, Alabama, then he moved to Syntex Pharmaceuticals in the Bahamas where he was a group leader for Analytical Development . He then worked for the THE FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia for 9 years . He then moved to academia and started at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. In 2004, he moved to Florida International University as a Professor of Chemistry .
He was awarded and recognized more than 28 times. He received the Paul Kirk award in 2008 for his distinguished service and contributions to the filed of Criminalistics . He was also classified as Top DNA Analysis Professor in the United States. Recently, he was awarded the College of Arts, Sciences and Education (Case) Award for Research and the Faculty Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activities by FIU. More
More than 37 Graduate students and 24 post-Docs and visting scholars have been mentored by him. He curently has 18 Graduate students, 3 Post-Docs and 2 visiting students . More He has been chair, co-chair or discussion leader for numerous scientific conference presentations, and has delivered hundreds of presentations, workshops and webinars in the USA, Europe, Australia and Asia.
His research has been supported by the National Institute of Justice , the National Science Foundation , TSWG, the Department of Homeland Security and various industrial concerns.
He has more than 110 peer reviewed jornal papers, 15 book chapters, 28 editorials and reports in addition to five patents.