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Forensic Science Unit

The FSU comprises a highly interdisciplinary group of scientists and ex-practitioners in forensic science interested in advancing knowledge and contributing to the profession. Members of the group have published widely in forensic science and contributed to casework in the investigation of major crimes, including homicide and serious sexual assault.


Dr Michelle Carlin has research interests in drugs of abuse and novel psychoactive substances, as well as the application of forensic science to the examination of archaeological materials.

Sophie Carr is undertaking doctoral research in the application of ‘critical trust’ to considerations of the reliability of forensic evidence, in collaboration with Northumbria Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies.

Professor Martin Evison is interested in the combination of genetic and computational methods to human identification, forensic archaeology and anthropology, and the application of Public Choice Theory to forensic science policy

Dr Matteo Gallidabino undertakes research in gunshot residue analysis and firearms identification, and the application of Bayesian principles to the evaluation of forensic science evidence.

Dr Eleanor Graham undertakes research in the application of molecular genetics to human identification and forensic evidence at the activity level, including both low-template DNA analysis and wildlife forensics, and to archaeological specimens via ‘ancient DNA’.

Dr Alan Langford has a primary research interest in pedagogy, specifically in advancing knowledge in teaching and learning in forensic science. He has also published on the interpretation of toxicological evidence in legal-medicine.

Dr Kelly Sheridan is an expert in forensic textile fibre analysis, having conducted research in fibre transfer and persistence in a number of practical contexts, and in the interpretation of fibre evidence.

Dr Ed Schwalbe has research interests in statistics and bioinformatics, including the investigation of patterns of DNA methylation in the identification of body fluids and tissue sources, as well providing statistical support to other members of the group.

Dr Noemi Procopio undertakes research in taphonomy and decomposition, including applications of “omics” methodologies, principally of proteomics, to address ageing and post-mortem interval estimations.

Research and Knowledge Exchange 

We are active in research in forensic genetics, trace evidence analysis—transfer and persistence, gunshot residue analysis and firearms identification, forensic drug analysis and toxicology, forensic craniofacial identification, and issues in forensic science policy and procedure. We collaborate with other groups in the University:

Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies

Science and Justice Research Interest Group 

Postgraduate Students

Prospective postgraduate research students are encouraged to enquire with the relevant member of staff. University information on postgraduate studies can be found here.


Members of the Unit actively participate in case consultancy work. Please visit the individual staff pages for further details of expertise.

Further Information

For further information on research and consultancy interests, please contact Professor Martin Evison or individual staff members.


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