Staff profile

David Bryson

Senior Lecturer Forensic Anthropology and Photography


Biomedical Science and Human Biology, Forensic Science


College of Science and Engineering


School of Human Sciences




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am based in the Department of Biological and Forensic Science, School of Human Sciences, College of Life and Natural Sciences. My teaching and research covers Anatomy, Forensic Anthropology and Photography.

Teaching responsibilities

I am the module leader for Principles of Cellular Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Forensic Imaging and Digital Scholarship and Research Skills Development. I support other modules including core Forensic modules, Medical Forensics, Microbiology, Practical Methods in Medical Biosciences, Independent Studies and Advanced Methods in Zoology.

Professional interests

Professionally I cover cases requiring medicolegal or personal injury photography for solicitors primarily for plaintiffs but also for defence. Examples of recent work include; photographs for a defence solicitor of a prisoner in HMP Winsome Green and medical negligence cases e.g. recording pressure sore scars.

Professionally I cover photographically any aspect that combines Science and Photography, though often my work in the University as well as supporting teaching and learning involves the production of materials for Press and Publicity for the College of Life and Natural Sciences and activities like the Royal Society of Chemistry Top of the Bench event.

For examples of photography see

Research interests

Scientific, medico-legal and forensic photography, human identification, history of medicine including: 'History of acromegaly and gigantism' and 'Use of photography in medicine'. Education especially the use of technology-enhanced learning, learning objects and multimedia. Human osteology and osteopathology. Recently I have been looking at the use of badges and micro-credentialing in teaching and learning.

Membership of professional bodies

Professional Qualifications:


I am on the editorial board of the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine responsible for the Professional section.

I am the editor for Heritage Photography the journal of the Royal Photographic Society Archaeology and Heritage Group.

I am on the Academy register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited Register of Medical Illustrators of the Academy for Healthcare Science.

                                                    Academy for Healthcare Science Professional Standards Authority accredited register


Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

Recent conferences

Experience in industry

After training at the University Hospital of Wales as a medical photographer I worked at Ninewells Hospital, University of Dundee then ran my own business as a Medical and Personal Injury photographer in the Bromsgrove and Redditch area for over 12 years before teaching Medical and Technical Photography at Berkshire College of Art and Design then moving to the University of Derby to become Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Biological Imaging. 

Whilst at the University I have maintained my Professional Practice in Personal Injury Photography and developed aspects of Scientific Photography. 

International experience

I have represented the University at International Careers Fairs in Taiwan, presented research findings about Smart Clothing and Wearable Technology at the International Sporting Goods Conferences in Shanghai, undertaken a recruitment visit to Bandung, Java and shown Leonardo Project developments at ISPO, Frankfurt.

Additional interests and activities

I am regularly called on to support Press and Public relations by taking photographs for publicity purposes as well as being involved in outreach through events like Science, Light, and Photography for StemPunk and making pinhole cameras and pinhole photography for DerwentWise Project and Family Fun Days at Kedleston Road.‌

Several of my photographs have featured in the Scientific Photographer of the Year Competition run by the Royal Society of Photography.

In the media

Recent publications

  • Bryson, D. (2018) Develop your Leadership skills.  Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine. 41(4):212-213. DOI: 10.1080/17453054.2018.1483190
  • Mauvisseau, Q., Davy-Bowker, J., Bryson, D., Souch, G., Burian, A. and Sweet, M.J. (2019) First detection of a highly invasive freshwater amphipod Crangonyx floridanus (Bousfield, 1963) in the United Kingdom. BioInvasion Records; 8(10):pp-pp. doi:
  • Bryson, D. (2019) Digital false colour infrared. Heritage Photography, January: 22-23
  • Bryson, D. (2019) Before the barrage. Heritage Photography; May: 20-21
  • Bryson D. (2019) Building an online research profile. Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine. 42(2): 83-89
  • Bryson D. (2020) National guidelines and your continuing professional development. Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine
  • ‌McCann, J. & Bryson, D. (eds) Textile-led design for the active ageing. Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing, Co Ltd. Published September 2014. Including my chapters:
        Chapter 2: Technological culture and the active ageing: A lifetime of technological advances
        Chapter 11: The importance of anatomical and physiological changes with age
        Chapter 28: The adoption and non-adoption of new technologies by the active ageing