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Use of hair sample in Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA) cases

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Research Group: Forensic & Investigative Sciences Research Group -

Proposed supervisory team
Dr Lata Gautam ()
Dr Joanne Morrissey ()

Theme: Crime Scene and Evidence, Forensic Analysis

Summary of the research project

The proposed project will focus on applying analytical chemistry knowledge for the simultaneous detection of drugs of abuse and pharmaceutical compounds from human hair. This complements our current research on DFSA using the spiked beverages.

By the time DFSA cases are reported, drugs are cleared from our body resulting in their non-detection. Using hair in such cases serves as an ideal matrix as hair retains the drug use history, not only for days and weeks, but also for months and years.

In order to increase conviction rates, the selected student would be engaged in the method development for the detection of DFSA drugs using hair samples.

Where you’ll study

Cambridge -


This project is self-funded.

Details of studentships for which funding is available are selected by a competitive process and are advertised on our jobs website as they become available:

Next steps

If you wish to be considered for this project, you will need to apply for our Forensic & Investigative Sciences PhD ( In the section of the application form entitled ’Outline research proposal’, please quote the above title and include a research proposal.

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