Northumbria University Centre for Forensic Science


Prof. Martin Evison

Martin's research addresses human genetic and phenotypic variation in the context of the justice system, and the role of forensic science in upholding human rights and the rule of law.

Prof. Robin Williams

Robin's research encompasses study of the effectiveness of forensic science, ethical and policy issues in the development of DNA databases, and the significance of scientific knowledge to modes of governance.

Dr. Eleanor Graham

Eleanor's research involves conventional and low-template approaches to DNA profiling in a range of contexts, including the assessment of paediatric contusion injuries and the investigation of wildlife crime.

Dr Ray Palmer

Ray's research is in the analysis and interpretation of forensic fibre evidence, including statistical and chemometric approaches to fibre comparison.

Dr. Ed Schwalbe

Ed's research applies methods in genomics and bioinformatics to the identification and stratification of samples, in particular, via the investigation of transcriptomic and DNA methylation patterns.

Dr Kelly Sheridan

Kelly's research is in the analysis and interpretation of forensic fibre evidence, including investigation of the implications of potential secondary transfer events.

Dr. Matthias Wienroth

Matthias studies science-society relationships and the opportunities of cross-disciplinary knowledge production for socially responsible science and technology development, for example, of forensic genetics.

Rory Simmons

In his PhD research, Rory is examining the use of multivariate statistical analysis to assist in the interpretation of fibre evidence within forensic science.

Karen Squibb Williams

Karen is undertaking doctoral research in Forensic Evidence and Attrition in Criminal Cases in England and Wales. Karen is a practicing barrister with her own chambers with previous experience with the CPS.

Visiting Professors

Gary Pugh

Gary joined the Metropolitan Police as Director of Forensic Services in 2001 after ten years with the Forensic Science Service He is responsible for leadership, strategy implementation and delivery of services.

Visiting Researchers

Dr Victoria Barlow

Vicki Lecturer in Forensic Science at the University of Bedfordshire. She is examining low-template and single-cell based methods for the recovery of forensic DNA profiles from trace evidence.

Dr Michelle Carlin

Michelle's research interests are in analytical toxicology, especially relating to opioids, and the role of toxicology in death investigation. Michelle is a member of the Chemistry research group at Northumbria.

Dr. Tim Clayton

A Senior Reporter with LGC at Wakefield, Tim has had an extensive career in forensic science spanning over 20 years, including a period working as a Principal Scientist with the Forensic Science Service.

Dr. Angela Gallop

Angela is Chief Executive of Axiom International Limited. She is one of the UK’s most eminent forensic scientists, known for leading complex investigations and running full-scale forensic laboratories.

Dr Edna Iwamura

Edna’s research interests are in molecular diagnosis relating to targeted therapies and population genetic markers of forensic interest—with the aim of improving methods in pathology and identification.

Dr. Anika Ludwig

Anika’s research interests included the role and use of forensic science and forensic intelligence databases, utility of forensic science in the criminal justice process, attrition of forensic science in investigations.

Dr. Carole McCartney

Carole's reseach interests include Australian justice, Innocence Projects, miscarriages of justice, policing cooperation, and DNA, forensic science and criminal justice.

Dr. Chris Maguire

Chris is Deptuy Director of the Department of Forensic Services in Washington DC, USA. Chris was a Reader in the Centre from 2010 to 2013, following a 30 year career with the Forensic Science Service.

Dr. Victor Toom

Victor is a Marie Curie Research Fellow on the project “Accounting for genocide: legal and scientific accounting practices in the wake of the Srebrenica genocide” with Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany