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.