Research Output per year
Area of academic expertise - outline
As a forensic science practitioner for over nine years I was involved in many national and international cases, including high profile cases. My casework portfolio incorporates multiple offence and evidence types but was usually concerned with the interpretation and evaluation of DNA evidence, particularly cases which involved interpretation of complex profiles, or results from specialist analytical techniques.
I continue to provide consultancy and expert witness reports particulalry in cases requiring expertise in forensic toxicology (drugs/alchol in body fluids/hair samples) and crime scene examination.
My research has focused on forensic toxicology in three different areas: development and validation of GC-MS and LC-MS/MS methods for the detection of drugs of abuse in blood; quality and proficiency testing within forensic toxicology; the driver Field Impairment Test (FIT) for the detection of drug impaired drivers. With an interest in drug impairment, I have completed the Robert F. Borkenstein Course on the effects of drugs on human performance and behaviour (recommended for giving expert opinion in cases of driver impairment).
I also have an interest in presentation of evidence and the use of a verbal scale to evaluate scientific results.
Current research activities
My main focus for research is forensic toxicology and development of methods for alternative sample matrices.
I am actively involved in raising awareness of the increase in anabolic steroid use in society. I am currently reviewing the availability and potential harms of performance and image enhancing drugs, with a particular focus on anabolic androgenic steroids.
I am interested in investigating how 'forensic' analytical methods can be applied to other scientific disciplines.
Desired research direction
It is my ambition to expand and develop reserach in the forensic sciences at UWS through (a) development of new methods for detection of controlled substances (b) having a focus on emerging recreational and performance & image enhancing drugs (PIEDs), and (c) creating a body of expertise in effective methods of interpretation and presentation of scientific evidence to lay juries.
To contribute scientific experise to an internationally recognise centre for excellence in anabolic steroid research at UWS.
Target collaborative companies
Providers of toxicological analysis, point of care drug testing devices or sample collection devices
Those providing services to people who use drugs (e.g. needle exchange programmes)
Target collaborative organisations
Scottish Institue for Policing Research and the Forensic Science Regulator
The Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde
The Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology
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Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Research output: Contribution to conference › Poster
Activities per year
Activity: Participating in or organising an event › Participation in conference
Activity: Other › Types of Public engagement and outreach - Schools engagement