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Forensic Recovery of Fingermarks and DNA from Different Types of Gloves


Project Description

The School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, Faculty of Science, Liverpool John Moores University with the support of The Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST), Home Office is pleased to offer an exciting self-funded PhD opportunity.

Criminals frequently wear gloves during the perpetration of crimes such as burglary, drug and explosive preparation. However, the forensic recovery of fingermarks and DNA from gloves is low and has been identified as a concern by UK Enforcement Agencies and is one of the highest priorities of the Forensic Laboratories Enhancement Group Expert Network.

Published research surrounding the recovery of fingermarks and DNA from gloves is limited and thus research in this area is an exciting prospect and could enhance the evidential value of crime gloves for UK Enforcement Agencies.

Therefore, the aim of this project is to develop an integrated method for the recovery of fingermarks and DNA from different types of gloves. This project will involve the use of techniques validated by CAST and possibly emerging techniques in nanotechnology for the detection of fingermarks. Subsequent detection of DNA will be performed by STR Analysis. Many techniques for the detection of fingermarks can potentially inhibit subsequent DNA analysis. Thus, the ability to recover and analyse DNA after the enhancement of fingermarks will form an important part of the study. CAST supports this research project, and the successful candidate will not only have the opportunity to use the facilities here at the university but also the fingerprint laboratories at CAST. In addition to this, the successful candidate will have additional support from scientists and individuals from CAST who have a proven track record in fingermark research.
Liverpool John Moores University has a comprehensive development programme for postgradaute researchers (http://www2.ljmu.ac.uk/RGSO/training/128283.htm).

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Amanda Boddis or Dr Suzzanne McColl
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Related Areas: Forensic Science, Fingerprints, Fingermarks, DNA and Gloves

Funding Notes

We welcome students that are self-funded in the UK and EU.
The studentship is open to UK or EU students who are eligible for home/EU fees. Applicants must have or expect to obtain at least an upper second class (2:1) honours degree in a relevant subject from a British higher education institution or equivalent. You will also need to provide evidence of competence in English language, if English is not your first language (ILETS 6.5).

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