Craig McKenzie


Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science
Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification, University of Dundee, Dundee
01382 384725

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science

An analytical chemist with forensic practitioner experience. He has worked within public, regulatory and commercial laboratories (Marine Scotland Science, East of Scotland Water Contaminated Land Services, Scottish Water and Scottish Police Authority Forensic Services).

Undergraduate and postgraduate programme management, delivery and design experience in academic institutions.

Focussed on the application of bio-analytical, statistical, forensic science, toxicological and analytical chemistry techniques to complex scientific problems.

Craig’s research focusses on the development and application of fully validated analytical methodologies, primarily mass spectrometry including GC-MS, LS-MS and advanced LC-MS/MS as well as other spectroscopic and imaging techniques for the detection and confirmation of a wide range of target analytes in complex forensic and environmental matrices.

• Chemical and metabolic profiling of new psychoactive substances (NPS) in bulk drugs and biological   
• Sampling, detection and removal of new psychoactive substances, pharmaceutical and personal   
  care products and steroid hormones in wastewaters
• The application of chemometrics to forensic science
•  Persistent organic pollutant transfers in marine food webs

If you wish to discuss any research opportunities in these or related areas, please do not hesitate to get in touch

Current and Recent PhD Projects
• Shannah Smith. Chemical characterisation of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) and investigation of their long-term health implications on humans
•   Alethea Madgett. Bioaccumulation of Persistent Organic Pollutants and trace metals in Scottish    
    marine food webs and their relationship with trophic level and fatty acid signatures
•   Yuan Li. Can Low Cost Biosorbent Technology be use to Efficiently Remove Steriod Hormones and
    Pharmaceutical Residues from Wastewater Effluents?
•   Carlos Pestana. Monitoring and regulating cyanobacterial metabolites (microcystins and geosmin)
    in aquatic systems.
•   Emmanuel Emelogu. Combined effects of bioavailable organic contaminants in the aquatic


Z. Zhang, M. Le Velly, S. M. Rhind, C.E. Kyle, R. L. Hough, E. I. Duff, C. McKenzie. (2015). A study on temporal trends and estimates of fate of Bisphenol A in agricultural soils after sewage sludge amendment. Science of The Total Environment 515-516, 1-11.
E. S. Emelogu, S. Heger, P. Pollard, C. D. Robinson, L. Webster, C. McKenzie, T. B. Seiler, H. Hollert, E. Bresnan, F. Napier, C. F. Moffat. (2014). Evaluations of combined embryo and algal toxicity of dissolved organic contaminants in the Ythan catchment using zebrafish (Danio rerio) and marine phytoplankton (Diacronema lutheri). Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 21, 8, 5537-5546. .

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a committee member of the Analytical Division (Scottish Region).

Professional member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and an external examiner for undergraduate Forensic Science and Forensic Biology courses at Teeside University.

Member of the American Chemical Society.

External examiner for doctoral students at the University of Strathclyde and University of Dundee and a peer reviewer for Science and Justice, Talanta, Chemosphere, Environmental Pollution, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Journal of Environmental Management etc.