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FBI notifies crime labs of errors

Published: Jun 15, 2015 9:03:22 AM

Fingerprinting - the UK Landscape

Published: May 8, 2015 2:31:34 PM

Flaws in forensic hair analysis

Published: Apr 24, 2015 3:54:32 PM

Dagmar Heinrich

PhD Student

UCL Department of Security and Crime Science,
35 Tavistock Square, London,

Dagmar Heinrich

Current Research

The Chain of Evidence – A Critical Appraisal of the Applicability and Validity of Forensic Research and the Usability of Forensic Evidence
The central aim of this PhD is to ‘streamline’ the process of forensic science in England and Wales, by identifying any flaws in fundamental forensic research affecting its applicability and validity (drawing on an extended forensic anthropology case study into the effects of fire on sharp force trauma in bone), and simultaneously determining the evidential value of the various forensic evidence types in court. By following the chain of evidence from research to presentation in court, we can view the process as a whole and enhance the complementarity between each aspect. Collectively this thesis will provide guidance for the efficient allocation of resources in the field of forensic science, improving the foundation and direction of research and the use of forensic evidence in criminal investigation and prosecution.


Heinrich, D.P., Thornton, A.E., Morgan, R.M. and Bouhana, N. (2013) An Analysis of Forensic Evidence used in the Prosecution of Terrorism Cases in Britain between 1972 and 2008. Policing, 7(1): 96-108
Available from: doi: 10.1093/police/pas064

Conference Presentations

Conference Oral Presentation: A “Realistic” Study of Sharp Force Trauma Recognition in Burned Remains: The Forensic Implications. February 2014, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Seattle, USA 

Conference Poster Presentation: Forensic Analysis of Sharp Force Trauma in Burned Remains. July 2012, Crime Science Conference, British Library, London 

Conference Poster Presentation: The Use of Forensic Evidence in the Prosecution of Terrorist Cases in Britain 1970-2010: an Assessment of Evidential Value. June 2012, John Jay, NYC, USA

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