Northumbria University Centre for Forensic Science

Dr Ray Palmer

Ray is a member of the teaching staff in the Department of Chemical and Forensic Sciences and is programme leader for the BSc in Forensic Science and lead tutor for several modules on the postgraduate MSc in Forensic Science at Northumbria University. Ray has over 25 years’ experience as an operational forensic scientist, involving the application of all aspects of forensic biology in the investigation of violent crime within both the English and Scottish legal systems. Prior to joining Northumbria University, Ray was employed by the Forensic Science Service (FSS) as the Principal Forensic Scientist and national lead in the examination of fibres and textiles.

During his career Ray has dealt with and provided expert testimony in court on a number of high profile cases including: The ’Suffolk Strangler’ and the ’Jigsaw Murder’. Ray completed his PhD addressing the interpretation of fibre evidence in major crime investigation with the University of Lausanne. Ray’s main research interest is in the analysis and interpretation of fibre evidence.

Ray has authored a number of scientific papers and reference texts relating to the forensic analysis of fibres. He is a Fellow of the Forensic Science Society (FSSoc), a member of the editorial board of Science & Justice and also serves on the committee of the European Network for Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) European Fibre Group. Ray has delivered presentations and seminars to audiences all over Europe, the USA and Asia.


For a summary of Ray’s recent publications, click here.


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Visiting Professors

Gary Pugh

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Visiting Researchers

Dr Edna Iwamura

Visiting Researcher

Dr Michelle Carlin

Senior Lecturer

Dr Victoria Barlow

Lecturer in Forensic Science

Dr. Tim Clayton

Senior Reporter LGC

Dr. Angela Gallop

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Dr. Carole McCartney

Reader in Law

Dr. Victor Toom

Research Fellow

Dr. Chris Maguire

Forensic Science

Dr. Anika Ludwig

P.I.E.S. Research Associate