Dr Samantha Drake
Position: Senior Lecturer in Forensic Chemistry
College: College of Life & Natural Sciences
Department: Natural Sciences
Subject area: Forensic Sciences
I teach a broad range of chemistry topics, particularly those relating to the analysis of samples of forensic interest.
I lead the following modules on the Forensic Science, Human Biology, Biology and Zoology undergraduate degree programmes:
- Toxicology & Drugs of Abuse
- Forensic Analysis
- Chemistry of Life
I also teach on the following modules:
- Medical Forensics
- Analytical Chemistry
- Trace Evidence
- Introduction to Forensic Chemistry
In addition to this, I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research projects in the area of analytical chemistry, with a particular interest in drug analysis and entomotoxicology.
- Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
- Member of The Chromatographic Society
- MSc (Hons) Chemistry, Durham University
- MSc in Forensic Science, University of Strathclyde
- PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Anglia Ruskin University
- PhD in Analytical Chemistry (Forensics), University of the West of Scotland
- Drake, S.J., Morrison, C. and Smith, F. (2011) Simultaneous Chiral Separation of Methylamphetamine and Common Precursors Using Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry. Chirality, 23:593-601. (DOI: 10.1002/chir.20977)
- Drake, S.J., Morrison, C. and Smith, F. (2011) The Simultaneous Enantioseparation of Methylamphetamine and Common Precursors Using Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry. Poster presented at Chirality 2011: 23rd International Symposium on Chiral Discrimination (ISCD), University ofLiverpool, July 2011. (Attendance funded by a John Dolphin Fellowship Award from The Chromatographic Society)
- Drake, S.J., Morrison, C. and Smith, F. (2009) Chiral Separation of Methamphetamine and Related Compounds: Towards a New Profiling Method for Forensic Drug Seizures. Oral presentation at Analytical Research Forum, Pfizer Global R+D Labs and University of Kent, July 2009: Royal Society of Chemistry.
I sit on the Royal Society of Chemistry's East Midlands Regional Section Committee. As part of this role, I also organise the regional final of the RSC's Top of the Bench Competition on an annual basis.
Spoke on BBC Radio Derby regarding the discovery of 4 new elements in the periodic table (2016)