Northumbria University Centre for Forensic Science

Dr. Chris Maguire

Chris was a member of NUCFS between 2010-2013 as a Reader in Forensic Science after 30 years with the Forensic Science Service (FSS). Chris had a wide and varied career; as a Senior Forensic Biologist he undertook major case investigations involving blood and body fluid analysis, fibres and hairs, scene attendance and blood pattern analysis. Chris has been involved with the development of DNA profiling techniques, practice and policy since its inception as a forensic technique in the late 1980s.

Chris has a particular expertise in the use of DNA profiling for human identification, including missing person’s enquiries, mass fatality incidents and Familial Searching of DNA databases. Chris has worked with the ACPO DVI Team, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Home Office, Interpol and other international agencies in the identification of the victims of mass fatality incidents.

Chris’ research interests include:

  • Forensic Science and Criminal Justice System Partnerships to enhance judicial outcomes;
  • The business of management of forensic science – public sector, private sector or partnership;
  • The development of the ‘forensic market’, its impact in the UK and implications for the delivery of forensic science in other jurisdictions;
  • The use of software applications to support DNA interpretation and other processes including DNA Database, Relationship Analysis and Familial Searching.

From 2012 to 2015, Chris was Deptuy Director of the DC Department of Forensic Services in Washington DC, USA.

Chris is a Visiting Researcher with NUCFS.


For a summary of Chris’ recent publications, click here.


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