CAHID is an award winning research centre whose staff are both REF returned and responsible for REF impact case studies. Spanning anatomy, forensic anthropology and forensic science, CAHID has a vibrant and exciting research focus and reach. Our anatomy research provides critical input into areas of surgical skill development and fundamental anatomical processes. Our forensic based research generates new knowledge which positively impacts on operational forensic science practice and policy development. Our current cohort of over 25 research students come from all over the World and include a mixture of part time and full time researchers many of whom are themselves practitioners.
Our research is highly collaboratively focused both internally within the University of Dundee and externally with research and collaborative partners from around the Globe. This includes some of the World's leading forensic science research teams, forensic science providers, members of the UK government, UK and Scottish judiciary and international organisations such as INTERPOL, ENFSI, EUROPOL, the United Nations and the International criminal courts and commissions. We have strong relationships with SMEs and corporate business partners.
CAHID staff publish their research widely across the peer reviewed literature both in domain specific and in wider scientific journals and regularly present at conferences and through public engagement.

Prof Sue Black and Niamh Nic Daeid lead the £10Million Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science for the University.  This is an exciting and new interdisciplinary research centre focusing on all aspects of the forensic science ecosystem.

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Current research areas include:
  • Identification of perpetrators of child sexual abuse
  • Issues of biometric identity
  • Disaster victim identification
  • Identity associated with immigration and refugee status
  • Extraction and detection of explosives
  • Visualisation and chemical enhancement of fingerprints 
  • Chemical characterisation of burnt human remains
  • Understanding of the affect of fire on the modern built environment
  • Chemical profiling of illicit drugs
  • Chemical profiling of inks
  • Improving the efficacy of smoke detectors to wake vulnerable populations
  • Understanding jury interpretation of expert evidence
  • Development of chemometric analysis and pattern recognition of complex data
  • Development and implementation of spectroscopic techniques in forensic science
  • Objective characterisation of striation marks and tool marks

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