Mr Adam S Long

Position: Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Department: Natural Sciences

Subject area: Forensic Sciences

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I am a senior lecturer in Forensic Science within the discipline of Forensic Science.

Teaching responsibilities

I am responsible for teaching Forensic Science across all undergraduate degree programmes and am Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Forensic Science.

Professional interests

Forensic and Applied Science with particular emphasis towards fingerprints, fingermarks and identification.

Research interests

Fingerprint detection and enhancement techniques and factors which affect their deposition, longevity, enhancement, recovery and identification.

Membership of professional bodies

  • The Fingerprint Society
  • The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Graduate qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Applied Biology (Molecular Biology), The Nottingham Trent University
  • HND Applied Biology, The Nottingham Trent University

Post-Graduate Research qualifications

  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) - DNA Manipulation strategies for Forensic Applications, Southampton University / The Forensic Science Service Ltd.
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Higher Education (PGCertHE)

Additional interests and activities

Current Activities / Links with Industry

I maintain strong commercial links with former colleagues from The Forensic Science Service and West Midlands Police as well as other private Forensic providers.

Experience in industry

Prior to joining the University of Derby, I was employed by The Forensic Science Service Ltd for over 12 years as a Forensic Scientist. My career began in their Research and Development department where I worked on a number of related research projects including DNA miniatuirsation and microfluidics, microarray technology for human identification and novel DNA mutation detection assays.

I transferred into live operational forensic casework in 2005, examining items for the presence of biological evidence including blood and other DNA yielding materials, hairs, fibres, other phyisical evidence types and more specifically fingermarks. I performed chemical and physical fingermark development and enhancement techniques as well as record via digital means any such developed fingermarks, footwear marks or other marks in my capacity as imaging specialist.

I routinely undertook both manual and electronic fingerprint comparisons (using the National Automated Fingerprint Identification Software - IDENT1) having spent an extended period of time on attachement to West Midlands Police Fingerprint Bureau.

Research posts

  • The Forensic Science Service Ltd.DNA Miniaturisation, microfabrication and microfluidics, 1998-2005

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