I joined Anatune in September 2016 as Accounts Manager to support customers in Scotland. I am employed as a Forensics Specialist, in addition to my Accounts Manager for Scotland role. I was aware of the excellent reputation Anatune has for its personalised and supportive relationships with both customers and staff, in addition to the scientific expertise it offers.
Previously, I worked as a Specialist Forensic Toxicologist and Manager of the Hair Testing Laboratory at ROAR Forensics so I have a strong understanding of how forensic labs operate and the challenges they have to address. I was responsible for designing and arranging the provision of operations for the UKAS accredited hair testing lab at ROAR Forensics as a new extension to existing toxicology provision. I developed and validated a number of UPLC-MS-MS and GC-MS-MS methods for the quantification of drugs of abuse, prescription drugs and alcohol markers in hair.
I completed a MSci (Hons) in Forensic and Analytical Chemistry at Strathclyde University (2004) and PhD. In Forensic Toxicology from the University of Glasgow (2007). My PhD research was based on the development and validation of ELISA and LC-MS-MS methods for screening and quantification of drugs of abuse in biological samples, with a particular focus on hair testing. The methods were applied in the analysis of predominantly post-mortem samples.
I undertook a post-doctoral study at the University of Utah where I acted as Clinical Study Coordinator for a NIH funded grant entitled “Hair Analyses for Nicotine: Quantifying Low Level Smoking” in collaboration with the Psychology Department at the University at Buffalo. I developed and validated LC-MS-MS methods for the detection of nicotine and eight metabolites in plasma, urine, hair and oral fluid collected from clinical study participants. I also mentored PhD students within the Center for Human Toxicology.
During my career, I have collaborated with various academic and commercial organisations and published a number of papers in Journal of Analytical Toxicology, Forensic Science International, Analytical Chemistry, Psychological Assessment and Journal of Chromatography B.