Michael Sigman studied chemistry at Southwest Missouri State University, receiving a B.S. degree in 1982. His doctoral research in physical organic chemistry was undertaken at Florida State University. In 1986 he moved to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, as an NIH postdoctoral fellow, and then moved to the University of Chicago in 1987 for two additional years of NIH postdoctoral work in photochemistry and laser spectroscopy. In 1989, he was hired as a research scientist at Dow Chemical Co. in Midland, MI. One year later, Dr. Sigman accepted a research staff position at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, where he spent 12 years conducting research in areas ranging from environmental photochemistry to explosives analysis. In 2002, Dr. Sigman moved to the University of Central Florida (UCF) and the National Center for Forensic Science (NCFS) to become an Associate Professor of Chemistry and the Assistant Director for Physical Evidence. In 2013 he was promoted to Professor at UCF and Director of the NCFS. Dr. Sigman has authored over 70 journal publications and book chapters. His work has been cited over 1,300 times by his colleagues and peers.