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Dr Kelly Sheridan

Senior Lecturer

Department: Applied Sciences

Kelly Sheridan Staffprofile Northumbriauniversity255Dr Kelly Sheridan joined Northumbria University in 2013 as a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science in the Department of Chemical and Forensic Sciences, Faculty of Health and Life Science. Prior to joining the team Kelly spent seven years as a Senior Forensic Reporting Officer at LGC Forensics, one of the UK’s most prominent Forensic Science Providers. Kelly was formerly employed as a Senior Reporter in the Marks and Trace department, and a specialist advisor to the Cold Case team for cases involving the potential transfer of textile fibres.

Kelly has dealt with a number of high profile cases of national concern - such as the murders of Joanna Yeates and Stephen Lawrence, cold cases, and cases for the Criminal Case Review Commission. Kelly has also worked on behalf of the defence. Kelly was also responsible for developing and delivering training programs for scientists in the examination and interpretation of fibre evidence, and was actively involved in the UKAS accreditation process.

After graduating from Northumbria University in 2000 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Chemistry, Kelly completed an MSc in Forensic Science at the University of Strathclyde in 2001 before finishing her PhD in Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis at The University of Liverpool in 2006

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A study on contactless airborne transfer of textile fibres between different garments in small compact semi-enclosed spaces, Sheridan, K., Palmer, R., Saltupyte, E., Gallidabino, M. 14 Aug 2020, In: Forensic Science International
  • Microfiber release from real soiled consumer laundry and the impact of fabric care products and washing conditions, Lant, N., Hayward, A., Peththawadu, M., Sheridan, K., Dean, J. 5 Jun 2020, In: PLoS One
  • An investigation into secondary transfer—The transfer of textile fibres to seats, Palmer, R., Sheridan, K., Puckett, J., Richardson, N., Lo, W. 1 Sep 2017, In: Forensic Science International
  • The prevalence of two ‘commonly’ encountered synthetic target fibres within a large urban environment, Palmer, R., Burnett, E., Luff, N., Wagner, C., Stinga, G., Carney, C., Sheridan, K. Mar 2015, In: Science & Justice

PGR Supervision

  • Chimdia Kechi-Okafor Start: 01/03/2019
  • Rory Simmons The application of multivariate analysis and machine learning to aid the interpretation of textile fibre evidence in forensic science. Start: 01/10/2014


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