Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science


Georgina Meakin

Dr Georgina Meakin

Dr Georgina Meakin


UCL Department of Security and Crime Science
35 Tavistock Square


  • Associate Professor
    Dept of Security and Crime Science
    Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL


Our research within forensic DNA analysis aims to investigate the spatial and temporal dynamics of trace DNA, that is, DNA that can be recovered, but it's biological source, whether from a body fluid or shed skin cells or a combination of both, is unknown.  In absence of this knowledge, it is often difficult for forensic scientists to evaluate how or when trace DNA was deposited on the surface from which it was recovered.  Current research addresses the amount, the quality, and the persistence of DNA that has been deposited in a range of ways, such as through touching an item or speaking within its vicinity, and also addresses the potential onward transfer of such DNA.  Our research focuses on the generation of empirical data to assist the interpretation and evaluation of trace DNA when it is recovered from a crime scene or a pertinent exhibit.

Award year Qualification Institution
2017 FHEA
ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
University College London
2008 MSc
Master of Science
Forensic Science
University of Huddersfield
2007 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
Molecular Microbiology
University of East Anglia
2003 BSc Hons
Bachelor of Science
Molecular Biology and Genetics
University of East Anglia

I joined UCL JDI Centre for the Forensic Sciences in September 2013, as a Research Fellow in Crime and Forensic Science, and was appointed Lecturer in 2016.  With a PhD and background in molecular genetics, I completed an MSc in Forensic and Analytical Science at the University of Huddersfield, including a placement conducting forensic DNA research at the Forensic Science Service Ltd.  Later, I went on to practice as a Forensic Scientist at The Forensic Institute in Glasgow, during which time, I was involved in over 100 cases throughout the UK and in New York, mostly centred around the interpretation and evaluation of DNA evidence.  I have provided written and oral evidence and have attended courts in all jurisdications of the UK as an Expert Witness or a Consultanting Expert.  I collaborate with DNA experts from across the world to progress and raise the profile of forensic trace DNA research, and still consult in casework to ensure that my research addresses the critical issues faced in forensic science practice