Dr. Eleanor Graham
Eleanor is a member of the teaching staff at Northumbria University’s Department of Chemical and Forensic Sciences, as well as a member of the NUCFS. Eleanor has a BSc in Biochemistry, an MSc in Biomolecular Archaeology and a PhD in Forensic DNA Profiling. Eleanor’s main research interests revolve around the analysis of difficult forensic sample types e.g. low-template samples degraded material and DNA mixtures as well as issues of DNA transfer and persistence.
Eleanor is currently involved in a joint research project with the Department of Child Health at Cardiff University, funded by a Medical Research Council grant (£550,000). The aim of this study is to investigate whether the use of specific DNA techniques can be applied to the assessment of bruises in young children. Using this approach, swabs taken from a bruise could potentially be profiled to identify the individual who caused the injury, thus differentiating between individual carers who have come into contact with the child innocently, and those who have struck the child.
Eleanor is also involved in research investigating the use of DNA profiling technology in wildlife crime investigations. Current projects are focussing on development and validation of a DNA profiling kit specific to one of the United Kingdom’s native species, Cervus elaphus (Red deer). It is anticipated that this kit could be used in the fight against poaching by providing investigators with the tools required to link illegally sold venison to a suspect.
Eleanor is a member of the Forensic Science Society, the International Society of Forensic Genetics and the British Association for Human Identification. In 2008, she got the ‘highly commended’ for ‘The University Biopsy Tool’ at the 2008 Da Vinci Health Technology Awards.
Eleanor has published extensively on forensic DNA analysis and low template DNA.
For a summary of Eleaonor’s recent publications, click here.