In this group we collaborate extensively across the school and university, as well as with national and international partners across the forensic science ecosystem.

Our aims are to raise standards in forensic science, unlock potential novel scientific and technological solutions and applications and promote a realistic understanding of forensic science in society. We conduct research at the cutting edge of forensic science, challenging perceived foundational deficiencies when required and underpinning when necessary, and creating new knowledge in the field. Our research is focussed on established needs in the forensic science ecosystem and therefore our research areas are broad, 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 poly drug use
  • novel techniques for DNA analysis
  • robust scientific underpinning of fire scene investigation
  • development of novel detection systems and analytical methods 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
  • background abundance of materials in society
  • developing augmented reality and virtual reality platforms for use in crime scene investigation and evidence presentation and investigating the development
  • science communication across multiple audiences

Academic lead

Craig McKenzie

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

Core academic staff