Dr Lisa Smith is the Project Coordinator for the INTREPID Forensics programme. She joined the Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester in January 2011, after working for five years in the Forensic Psychology department at Leicester. After completing her BSc in Psychology (with a minor of study in Philosophy of Law) at the University of Toronto, she completed an MSc in Forensic and Legal Psychology at the University of Leicester, followed by a PhD in Psychology at Leicester. Prior to relocating to the UK from Canada, Lisa worked with the Ontario Provincial Police as the Program Coordinator of a victim services response unit.
Lisa is also Associate Director (Social Sciences) of the Alec Jeffreys Forensic Science Institute.
Her research interests include: Human factors in forensic examinations; Jury decision making; Interpretation of forensic evidence in the Criminal Justice System (e.g. police investigations, courtroom); Forensic science and human rights; Improving the recovery of forensic evidence, and interpretation and processing of evidence by police agencies.
Alexander Murphy is a member of staff in the Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester, and has taken over from Tom Horton as Research Administrator for the INTREPID Forensics Programme as of August 2016. His duties involve promoting INTREPID Forensics, fielding enquiries and generally facilitating the research undertaken by the INTREPID fellows across the University.
Alex first came to the Department of Criminology in 2010, when he began his BA in Criminology. Following on from this he undertook a research internship at the department and several additional research assistant roles, followed by an MSc in Applied Criminology from which he graduated in 2016.
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Maurits Beltgens is a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher within the University of Leicester’s INTREPID Forensics programme. His current research focuses on the availability and use of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS). Prior to joining the University of Leicester Maurits conducted research as part of a number of EU funded research/consultancy projects on issues such as organised crime, corruption and border security. Prior to this he gained experience at two EU Justice and Home Affairs agencies (Frontex and Eurojust) where he worked on a number of cross-border organised crime investigations and conducted research on document fraud and border security technologies. Before beginning his PhD studies at the University of Leicester, Maurits obtained a BSc in Criminal Justice at Northeastern University in the United States and PG Dip in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism at University College London.
Maurits will be carrying out research on surveying the availability and users of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) and examining reports of NPS related deaths. NPS are a range of chemical substitutes marketed as legal alternatives to the most popular, but illegal, recreational drugs. NPS sold over the internet still contain controlled substances. Maurits will conduct a survey of the web and shop based availability of NPS. He will also undertake a survey of users of NPS in collaboration with drug treatment and prevention agencies, and consider the route to market for NPS and how users acquire an awareness of products available and their affects. Finally, he will examine reports of NPS related deaths to establish the impact of NPS on sudden deaths, especially in young people.
Sophia has been selected as an early stage researcher for the INTREPID forensics programme from the University of Leicester. She completed her bachelor’s in chemistry at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, and then moved to Athens to continue her studies as a master student at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Sophia is about to finish her master degree in September in Analytical Chemistry.
Research interests: Analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, toxicology, biocides, BFRs, analysis of organic trace contaminants in biota.
Mirmigkou, S., de Boer, J. (2014) Dioxin and related compounds: sources, levels, trends, and fate in the environment. Special volume to honor Otto Hutzinger, the Founder of “The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry” and “Dioxin Symposia”.(submitted to Springer Publications)
S. Mirmigkou, D. Voutsa. Assessment of the water quality in lagoons of Kotichi and Prokopos, NW Peloponnese, Greece. 4th Environmental Conference of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. (18-20 March 2011)
Marwan joined the INTREPID Forensics programme in September 2014, and is carrying out research on producing innovative methods of recovering DNA material from surfaces subjected to environmental extremes. He undertook an MSc in Forensic Science at the University of Lausanne and an MSc in Biomedical and Forensic Studies in Egyptology at the University of Manchester. Prior to his postgraduate studies, he completed his BSc in Biology (with a minor of study in Archaeology) at the American University of Beirut.
Marwan taught Human Identification at the American University of Science and Technology and Forensic Archaeology at the American University of Beirut. He was previously trained as a Crime Scene Investigator and a forensic science laboratory technician at the Technical and Scientific Brigade of Geneva’s Judicial Police.
Research Interests: Post-event loss of information, Improving the recovery of forensic evidence, Identification through genetics, Chemistry in security matters, Interpretation of forensic evidence, Molecular Biology, Archaeology.
- CLN5 and CLN8 protein association with ceramide synthase: biochemical and proteomic approaches, December 2012, Electrophoresis, 33(24): 3798-809.
- SWGFAST Response to the research development testing & evaluation inter-agency working group of the national science and technology council. Committee on science, subcommittee on forensic science, November 2011.
Etienne has been selected for the INTREPID Forensics programme and will be carrying out research on innovative methods of pattern recognition of fingerprint ridge lines and characteristics. He pursued a MSc in Statistical Physics and one in PDE and Numerical Analysis at Pierre and Marie Curie University, and a third one in Financial Mathematics at Paris Dauphine University. Prior to moving to Leicester, he worked as an intern in High Performance Computing on the GPU porting of a rarefied flow simulation software, and in Quantitative Finance on the use of innovative statistics in order to better model CVA (Credit Valuation Adjustment).
Research interests: parallel and GPU computing, game theory, differential and stochastic geometry, financial Mathematics (e.g. design of realistic stochastic dynamics, utility maximization under risk constraints), machine learning and pattern recognition.
Alex has recently started a Marie Curie Early Stage Research Fellowship with Ph. D. in the Physics Department. The research being undertaken was originally on Electrowetting of Fingerprint Sweat Deposits as an aid to Conventional Enhancement Techniques: Development of Electrowetting Fingerprint Sweat. However Alex has now changed his focus to try to visualise fingerprints on metal surfaces exerted to extreme conditions, with a specific interest being on metal parts of IEDs. This is part of the INTREPID Forensics Programme at the University of Leicester.
Prior to arriving at the University of Leicester, Alex worked as a Research Officer II in the Atmospheric Research Unit at the University of Malta, while his first position after graduating from University was as a Research Officer for The-Missing-Link Resource Coordinators in Cairns, Australia. Alex graduated from the University of Southampton with a M. Sci. in Oceanography, as well as gaining a M. Sc. in Atmospheric Physics from the University of Malta.
Silke Jensen is a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher within the University of Leicester’s INTREPID Forensics programme. Her current research focuses on the visual search strategies used by fingerprint experts during examinations and verifications. She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Psychology at the University of Aberdeen. She worked as a part-time research assistant alongside her studies. Prior to arriving at the University of Leicester, Silke worked as a clinical neuropsychologist at a neurological rehabilitation clinic in Germany.
Her research interests include visual pattern recognition, visual search, cueing paradigms, residual visual abilities in hemianopia, and biological motion perception.
Jensen, S., Krueger, H., & Hunt, A. (2011, March). Is visual attention strategically allocated? The role of probability bias in IOR. BPS Scotland Branch Undergraduate Student Conference, Dundee, UK.
Krueger, H., Jensen, S., & Hunt, A.R. (2011, August). What determines the Reference Frame of Inhibition of Return? Poster at European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Toulouse, France.
Krueger, H., Jensen, S., & Hunt, A.R. (2011, July). The reference frame of inhibition of return depends on how you measure it. Poster at the Asia-Pacific Conference on Vision, Hong Kong.
Jessica Lam is from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, which is part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). She attended the University of Toronto to obtain her Honour’s Bachelor of Science in forensic anthropology and biology, as well as a Master’s of Science in anthropology. Throughout her studies, she has been active in casework for various police agencies across Ontario as a forensic anthropology field technician. Her specialized skillset and research areas pertain to recovery of evidence and human remains; 3D technology for both crime scene documentation and external imaging of bone; and assessment of skeletal material for the purposes of creating a biological profile and trauma interpretation. She was the President of the Forensic Science Society at the University of Toronto from 2009-2012 and served as the Forensic Science program outreach administrator from 2012-2014. She has also been involved with assisting and organizing several conferences such as the Toronto Police Services’ 24th Educational Training Conference and the 2014 Canadian Identification Services Conference. She has participated in research and fieldwork activities in Greece, Portugal, and Japan as well as locally in the GTA. Having never been to the UK before outside of Heathrow airport, she is looking forward to being a part of the INTREPID Forensics program at Leicester!
Her extracurricular interests include playing the piano, reading, yoga, karate, and krav maga.
Francisco Valente Gonçalves is a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher focused on Human Factors in Forensic Sciences, such as bias decision-making analysis. His main theme will be held in fingerprint examination and the impact of contextual information during analysis. He undertook his BSc in Psychological Sciences between Portugal (ISPA-IU) and Spain (Universitat de Valencia), having worked as an undergraduate researcher during this degree. Also took his MSc in Portugal (ISPA-IU) in Psychocriminology having worked in the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences as an intern. His MSc dissertation focused on psychological assessment in forensic context. Also has completed this year a specialization in clinical intervention within the Mental Health service of Santa Maria’s Hospital in Lisboa.
Before went to Leicester he worked in risk contexts on topics as sexual abuse, addictions and personality disorders as a clinical psychologist with children, youths and adults and as a forensic psychologist in Leiria’s Prison. He’s enrolled in scientific societies (The Chartered Forensic Society, International Association for Forensic Institutes, Sociedade Portuguesa de Psiquiatria e Psicologia da Justiça) and he is also an effective member of the Portuguese Psychologist Board.
Research interests: Human factors in forensic sciences; Forensic psychology; Personality assessment; Sexual offenders and Gender violence.
Other interests: Extreme sports; Arts in general; Cooking and Writting.
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Gonçalves, F. V. & Pires, A. (2014). Perícia Psicológica: Mudam-se os tempos. Mudam-se os paradigmas? Livro de Resumos do II Congresso Internacional Crime Justiça e Sociedade. Edições Criap, p.57
Gonçalves, F. V. (2013). Sinto, logo minto? A avaliação da possível simulação na perícia forense através do SCL-90-R. Livro de atas: Congresso Medicina Legal e Psicologia Forense, Instituto Criap, p. 54-57
Gonçalves, F. V. (2013). Será o tipo de processo jurídico uma variável que influencia a possível simulação? Livro de atas: Congresso Medicina Legal e Psicologia Forense, Instituto Criap, p.99-100
Gonçalves, F. V. & Pires, A. P. (2013). Are you lying to me? Psychological assessment of simulation and dissimulation in forensic context. Forensic Horizons 2013. The Chartered Forensic Science Society & Californian Association of Criminalists, Manchester
Gonçalves, F. V. (2013). Simulator subject: Analyzing his intelligence and his attitude. 2nd Congress of International Association for Forensic Institutes, Instanbul
Gonçalves, F. V. (2013). Sinto, logo minto? A avaliação da possível simulação na perícia forense através do SCL-90-R. Congresso Medicina Legal e Psicologia Forense. Universidade Portucalense & Instituto Criap, Porto
Gonçalves, F. V. & Aguiar, C. (2010). Qualidade da Participação Social das Crianças em Contextos Inclusivos. Development psychology research week. FCT & ISPA-IU, Lisboa
Gonçalves, F. V. (2014). Perícias psicológica de competências parentais: Dissimulação do desespero? 3ª Conferência Internacional Igualdade Parental. Universidade Lusófona, Lisboa
Gonçalves, F. V. & Pires, A. (2014). Perícia Psicológica: Mudam-se os tempos. Mudam-se os paradigmas? II Congresso Internacional Crime Justiça e Sociedade. Universidade Fernando Pessoa, Porto
Gonçalves, F. V. & Caetano, S. (2013). New ways to inform victims of crime. APAV Infovictims Seminar. Fundação Gulbenkian, Lisboa
Annelies is a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher within the INTREPID forensic training programme of the University of Leicester. She will investigate Electrowetting of fingerprint sweat deposits as an aid to conventional enhancement techniques, this technique is especially useful for the improvement of aged or degraded fingerprints. During this research she will particularly focus on the influence of different surfaces.
Prior to this research, Annelies obtained her bachelor Chemistry at the Radboud University Nijmegen, followed by the master Forensic Science at the University of Amsterdam. During her studies she gained experience with a.o. the use of chirality as a marker to unravel processes, and the synthesis and reactivity of fingerprint visualisation reagents. Additionally, she performed real forensic casework at the fingerprint group of the Netherlands Forensic Institute and has worked as Inside Consumables Product Specialist Benelux at Agilent Technologies.
Determination of efficacy of finger mark enhancement reagents; the use of propyl chloroformate for the derivatization of fingerprint amino acids extracted from paper; Tineke Mink, Annelies Voorhaar, Reinoud Stoel, Marcel de Puit; Science and Justice 53, 3, 301 (2013)
Thalassa Valkenburg is a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher within the University of Leicester’s INTREPID Forensics Programme. She’s located in the Department of Chemistry because her research focuses on the development of dried blood spot analysis for the detection and quantification of drugs of abuse in forensic toxicology. Prior to beginning her PhD studies at the University of Leicester, Thalassa obtained a BSc in Biology at Leiden University, a MSc in Forensic Science at the University of Amsterdam and an additional MSc in Teaching Biology at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Alongside her studies she worked as a student assistant and she had various roles within her study association. She taught Biology and related classes at secondary schools in the Netherlands and volunteered in a Nature Conservation Project on the Galapagos Islands before starting as a postgraduate research student.
Her research interests include dried blood spot analysis, forensic toxicology and analytical chemistry but also forensic and physical anthropology, forensic genetics, molecular biology, microbiology and environmental chemistry.