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Blood Stain Analysis in Forensic Science

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    Dr Clare Knock
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  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

The forensic science research of blood stain analysis at Cranfield University is led by Dr Clare Knock. The group has been set up to develop a scientific understanding of the shape of blood stains. The aim is to provide a scientific basis in the field of blood spatter analysis which in the past has been based on precedent rather than scientific evidence and understanding. The research has studied blood falling onto both absorbent and non-absorbent surfaces, surface roughness and kicking and stamping in blood. The research group currently consists of two PhD students and typically two MSc students per year. Other Cranfield University academic staff are involved in the research and bring expertise in the areas of forensic practice, trauma, materials, fabrics and ballistics. Facilities available include high speed cameras, CT scanner, scanning electron microscopes, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and ballistic ranges.

To progress the group’s research a PhD is open to a suitable candidate to study blood stains. The PhD is available on a full or part time basis. The PhD will be based at Cranfield University’s campus at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham, Swindon.

Applications should consist of a two page CV, the names of two referees and a paragraph outlining the applicant’s research plan. Applications should be sent to Dr Clare Knock [email protected]

For further information please contact Dr Clare Knock [email protected]

Funding Notes

This PhD is offered on a self-funding basis. It is open to applicants who have already found sponsorship or can fund themselves on a full or part time basis. Details of tuition fees can be found at http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/study/research-degrees/funding-research/

Entry Requirements:
Applicants should have a minimum of a UK first or second class honours degree (or an international equivalent) in a science, mathematics or engineering based subject. None Native English speakers will need to provide evidence that they have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. Full details of all entry requirements can be found at http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/study/research-degrees/entry-requirements/


de Castro, T,. Nickson, T., Carr, D., Knock, C. Interpreting the formation of bloodstains on selected apparel fabrics. Int. J. Legal Medicine. 127 (1): 251-258 (2013) DOI: 10.1007/s00414-012-0717-3

Knock, C., Davison M. Predicting the position of the source of blood stains for angled impacts. J. Forensic Sci. 52(5):1044-1050. (2007) DOI:10.1111/j.1556-4029.2007.00505.x

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