Forensic Science

Led from the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science (LRCFS) we collaborate extensively across the School and University, as well as with national and international partners across the forensic science ecosystem

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Our aims are to raise the scientific robustness of existing forensic evidence types, unlock potential novel scientific and technological solutions, and promote a realistic understanding of forensic scientific disciplines and their limitations across practice and in wider society. We conduct research at the cutting edge of forensic science, challenging perceived foundational deficiencies when required, and underpinning current evidence and its interpretation and evaluation. 

Our research areas are broad based, far reaching, and impactful.

Some examples of our research areas include:

  • development of a bench to bedside approach to the investigation of new and emerging psychoactive substances
  • metabolomic analysis of polydrug use
  • novel techniques for DNA analysis and its interpretation and evaluation
  • robust scientific underpinning of fire scene investigation
  • Investigation the use of nanoparticles and biosensors as detection systems for body fluids, explosives and illicit drugs
  • researching novel fingerprint development methods
  • understanding the fundamental science behind the transfer and persistence of materials from places to people
  • generating ground truth data sets including for the background abundance of materials in society
  • developing augmented reality and virtual reality platforms for use in crime scene investigation and evidence presentation  
  • investigating risk, bias and decision making across the justice system
  • exploring science communication across multiple audiences
  • exploring robust AI and machine learning methodologies for pattern matching in physical comparison problems and in the comparison of chemical data

Academic lead

Niamh Nic Daeid
Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science
 +44 (0)1382 384725

Core academic staff