We at Axis are proud to be your industry-leading forensic toxicology partner, approaching your forensic science needs from every angle. We’re a leader in designer drug testing and research, and we’ve centered our work on evolving our specialized techniques for over 25 years. We offer direct contact with our laboratory experts throughout the process, and we bring unmatched accuracy, accessibility, transparency and accountability to the forefront of every client interaction. Your results and satisfaction are at the center of our mission.


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Across our service areas, Axis is dedicated to providing the utmost in quality to each client. Over years of proven excellence, we have built strong relationships with coroners, medical examiners and law enforcement to achieve a high standard in testing. Within these fields, Axis focuses on postmortem, drug-facilitated crime, and meconium-based tests. We act as a reference laboratory in addition to our testing capabilities, supplying and verifying information within our areas of expertise.


All of Axis Forensic Toxicology’s work is based on the cornerstones of innovation, relevance, integrity and leadership. These values have guided our decisions every day for over 25 years, helping us build a culture that reflects an appreciation for the importance of our individual strengths and the work we do. Through following these tenets, Axis will contribute to an effective justice system that brings closure to people and communities by providing accurate, timely and relevant toxicology results from our industry-leading testing protocols, cost-effective products and access to subject matter experts.

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George Behonick,

Lab Director, Chief Toxicologist

Dr. Behonick joined AIT/Axis in 2009 and serves as Lab Director and Chief Toxicologist. Prior to coming to AIT, he directed a laboratory serving the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (more than 4,000 cases/year) and was an Assistant Professor of Pathology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. Prior to that role, Dr. Behonick completed six years of service as a Forensic Toxicologist with the Virginia Department of Forensic Science Western Laboratory in Roanoke, Virginia. Dr. Behonick has extensive experience in complex postmortem drug-related cases, notably involving the opiate and opioid classes, with extensive scientific expert witness testimony experience in driving under the influence (DUI/DUID) of alcohol and/or drug(s) criminal court cases.

His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, a Master of Science from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. from St. John’s University in Queens, New York. In 1998 Dr. Behonick completed a postdoctoral Research Associateship through the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, Aberdeen-Edgewood Area, Maryland. He was awarded board certification as a Fellow American Board of Forensic Toxicology ( F-ABFT) in November 2004 and most recently qualified for re-certification in July 2014.

Kevin Shanks,


Kevin has been with AIT Laboratories/Axis Forensic Toxicology for more than 13 years. He has extensive experience in research and development as well as laboratory management. His areas of expertise include liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC/MS) and the analytical detection and toxicology of new psychoactive substances (NPS) such as substituted cathinones, synthetic cannabinoids, NBOME hallucinogens, fentanyl analogs, and opioid research chemicals. Kevin oversees all method development and validation of analytical methods for NPS at Axis. He has provided fact and expert witness testimony in drug chemistry, human performance toxicology, and postmortem toxicology matters in numerous states.

His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana, and a Master of Science in Forensic Toxicology form the University of Florida’s Veterinary School of Medicine. He is certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology in forensic toxicology (D-ABFT-FT) and holds regular membership with the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT) and the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT). Kevin has published papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as the Journal of Analytical Toxicology (JAT) and Forensic Science International (FSI) and presented research at national meetings such as the SOFT annual conference and the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC).


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