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Dr Michelle Carlin

Senior lecturer in forensic & analytical chemistry Programme leader, MSc Forensic Science

Department: Applied Sciences

In 2009, Michelle joined Northumbria University as Lecturer in Forensic Chemistry where she carries out research in analytical toxicology and the role of toxicology in death investigation.

Michelle Carlin studied at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh on the BSc (Hons) Colour Chemistry degree with a spell in a dyehouse in the Scottish Borders before embarking on a career in analytical chemistry. After some time spent in a contract research organisation in Edinburgh, Michelle went onto continue her education with an MSc in Forensic Science at Strathclyde University. A research project was carried out in the toxicology department of the Institut de Recherche Criminelle de la Gendarmerie Nationale (IRCGN) in Paris, using liquid chromatography-electrospray ionisation-mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS). After this, Michelle became the manager of a workplace drug testing laboratory in the North East of England before taking up a teaching position as Lecturer in Forensic Science at Teesside University where she spent 3 years.

In 2009, Michelle joined Northumbria University as Lecturer in Forensic Chemistry where she carries out research in analytical toxicology and the role of toxicology in death investigation.

Campus Address

Ellison Building A403

0191 254 7589

Key Publications

Carlin, M.G., Dean, J.R., Bookham, J.L., Perry, J.B., The investigation of the acid/base behaviour of the opium alkaloid thebaine in LC-ESI-MS mobile phase by NMR spectroscopy, Royal Society Open 

Science, 4:170715 (2017) 

Roussel, O., Tensorer, L., Bouvot, X., Balter, C., Sabini, S., Carlin, M.G, The development of novel psychoactive substances in France, Toxicologie Analytique et Clinique, 29(1) (2017), pp 90-95 

Borgia, V., Carlin, M.G., Crezzini, J., Poison, plants and Palaeolithic hunters. An analytical method to investigate the presence of plant poison on archaeological artefacts, Quaternary International, 427B (2017), pp 94-103 

Langford, A.M., Bolton, J.R., Carlin, M.G., Palmer, R., Post-mortem toxicology: A pilot study to evaluate the use of a Bayesian network to assess the likelihood of fatality, Journal of Forensic and 

Legal Medicine, 33 (2015), pp 82–90 

Roussel, O., Carlin, M.G., Bouvot, X., Tensorer, L., The emergence of synthetic cannabinoids in Mayotte, Toxicologie Analytique et Clinique, 27(1) (2015), pp 18-22 

Carlin, M., Forensic Science: Roadside Drug Testing, Measurement and Control, 42(10) (2009), pp 306-309

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PhD, PgCELTHE, MSc, BSc(hons)

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Currently one PhD student as director of studies. The project is “the development and validation of an LC-MS/MS method for the detection of plant alkaloids on museum artefacts”.


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