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Prof Martin Evison


Department: Applied Sciences

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Professor Martin Evison joined Northumbria University in September 2010.

Prior to taking this post he was Director of the Forensic Science Programme at the University of Toronto, Canada, where he had worked since 2005. Martin graduated in Genetics from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1982. Following postgraduate study and travel in New Zealand and Australia, he completed six years of professional employment as a systems analyst working in local government, finance, distribution and manufacturing. He returned to academia in 1992, completing an MSc in Environmental Archaeology and a PhD in Ancient DNA at Sheffield University, where he joined the Department of Forensic Pathology. There he led a research group investigating molecular and computational approaches to human identification; he also practised as the regional forensic anthropologist. Martin has published widely in forensic and archaeological science. He has given expert evidence on forensic archaeology and anthropology, facial identification and the potential for innocent transfer of DNA; and contributed to human rights abuse investigations in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and the Balkans.

Campus Address

Ellison Building


  • Other Courses PhD September 01 1993
  • MSc September 01 1992
  • Genetics PGDip September 01 1982
  • Genetics BSc (Hons) September 01 1979

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The impact of burial period on compact bone microstructure, Dias Astolphi, R., Seixas Alves, M., Evison, M., Francisco, R., Guimarães, M., Miazato Iwamura, E. 1 May 2019, In: Forensic Science International
  • Conformational Dynamics Underlies Different Functions of Human KDM7 Histone Demethylases, Chaturvedi, S., Ramanan, R., Waheed, S., Ainsley, J., Evison, M., Ames, J., Schofield, C., Karabencheva-Christova, T., Christov, C. 11 Apr 2019, In: Chemistry - A European Journal
  • Conformational flexibility influences structure-function relationships in nucleic acid N-methyl demethylases, Waheed, S., Ramanan, R., Chaturvedi, S., Ainsley, J., Evison, M., Ames, J., Schofield, C., Christov, C., Karabencheva-Christova, T. 28 Feb 2019, In: Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry
  • Forensic science policy and the question of governmental University research quality assessment, Evison, M. Sep 2018, In: Forensic Science International
  • The Contribution of Forensic Anthropology to Human Identification, Evison, M. 17 Jun 2018, Third Annual Conference in Forensic and Pediatric Pathology
  • Regulation: What is there not to like?, Evison, M. 9 May 2018, In: Science & Justice
  • Police mugshots: millions of citizens’ faces are now digitised and searchable – but the tech is poor, Evison, M. 8 Feb 2018
  • Forensic Science & the Criminal Justice System, Evison, M. 17 Nov 2017, 2nd Annual Forensic & the Law Symposium
  • The Body in the Bag and the Lady in the Skip, Evison, M. 17 Nov 2017, 2nd Annual Forensic & the Law Symposium
  • Forensic investigation, truth and trust in the context of transitional justice in Brazil, Guimarães, M., Francisco, R., Evison, M., Iwamura, E., Machado, C., da Silva, R., Pinheiro, M., Santana, D., Patrício, J. 1 Oct 2017, In: Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal


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