Chemical Analysis of the Organic Components of Forensic Soil Samples.
MSc Forensic Materials, Heriot-Watt University
BSc(Hons) Environmental Chemistry, University of Edinburgh
I have four years' experience performing contract research within the Pharmaceutical industry, working for a range of clients from small university spin-offs to multinational pharmaceutical companies. As an analytical chemist I developed, optimised and validated methods for the cGMP analysis of a variety of novel and established APIs and formulated products, supporting all stages of development and manufacture.
I'M ORIGINALLY FROM...
WHY I APPLIED TO THE SECURITY SCIENCE DTC
There is an increased requirement for the evidence presented in court to be based on sound scientific principles however has been a comparitive lack of research in the forensic sciences. I feel that the concepts and techniques I have learned in the Pharmaceutical industry could be used to improve quality standards in forensic science, improve efficiency and ultimately increase the accuracy and reliability of the scientific evidence used in the criminal justice system.
I am interested in determining whether the organic components of soil could be used in forensic casework to reliably, accurately and precisely discriminate between soil samples of different origins. I am particularly interested in testing the way sample handling, preparation and instrumental parameters influence results.
WHAT I DO WHEN I'M NOT STUDYING
I love music and theatre. I also enjoy baking, crafts and collecting records, curios and vintage clothing.
MY CAREER ASPIRATIONS
I woud like to pursue an industry based research career which ultimately leads to improved standards and practice within forensic science, security or defence research.
WHAT KIND OF PARTNER ORGANISATION I'D LIKE TO WORK WITH AND WHAT I'D LIKE FROM THEM
I would ideally like to establish a relationship with a partner with access to analytical laboratory facilities and a requirement for new or improved methodology.
LIST OF PUBLICATIONS
Emerging Analytical Professionals Conference, Royal Society of Chemistry, Edinburgh 2009
Security Research Conference, PIAP/European Commission, Warsaw 2011