Staff profile

Dr Louise Robinson

Lecturer in Forensic Biology

Louise Robinson in a laboratory working on Molecular Biology Forensic


Forensic Science


College of Science and Engineering


School of Human Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



Within the School of Natural Science I teach on the Forensic Science programmes and core modules within Biosciences. My key teaching area is Molecular Biology with a specialism in Wildlife Forensics. I gained Senior Fellowship in 2018 and am an advocate of Gamification within HE and lead workshops at Universities throughout the UK. My current research lies within the areas of gamification, genetic methods of species identification and behavioural studies of wandering larvae relating the estimation of postmortem interval. I gained my undergraduate degree in Forensic Biology from the University of Liverpool and I received a PhD from the University of Chester in the field of Molecular Biology, looking at genetic identification of a critically endangered species.

Teaching responsibilities

My teaching focuses on Molecular Biology content within core Genetics modules as well as Forensic Science applications, especially within the field of Wildlife Forensics.

I teach on the following modules:

I also supervise research projects at the Masters Level.

Professional interests

After joining the University of Derby in 2012, I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2013 and Senior Fellow in 2018. I was appointed programme leader of Forensic Science with Psychology in 2014 and am the currect lead for all level 6 Forensic students. Throughout my time at Derby I have been eager to identify alternate methods of delivery in both lecture theatres and laboratories, which has seen the use of interactive software, real world learning experiences and gamification.

Research interests

I am eager to collaborate with local authorities and national agencies in order to identify key issues faced by Rural and Wildlife Crime Officers and how they may be overcome. I also have an interest in Forensic Entomology, specifically factors which effect entomological growth within an indoor environment and how this may effect estimations of minimum post mortem interval.

My pedagogic interests fall within the area of gamification and how games can be implemented within a teaching environment to improve enagagement and retention of material. I have developed a number of in-class exercises and a table top game which are currently used within my teaching.

PhD Supervision

I am currently co-supervising a project on environmental DNA for the identification of species of conservation concern.

Membership of professional bodies


Undergraduate qualification

Research qualification

Recent conferences

Pedagogic events

Wildlife Crime events

In the media

I was involved in the Wildlife and Countryside Link report on the recording of Wildlife Crime, you can find the report at 

Recent publications

Robinson, L.A., Turner, I. J., & Sweet, M. J. (2018). The use of gamification in the teaching of disease epidemics and pandemics. Microbiology Letters, 365, (11),

Robinson, L. A., Bryson, D., Bulling, M. T., Sparks, N., Wellard, K. S. (2018). Post feeding activity of Lucilia sericata (Diptera: Calliphoridae) on common domestic indoor surfaces and its effect on development. Forensic Science International, 286, 177-184. DOI: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2018.03.010

Robinson, L. A. (2018). Tri-Hard Pipetting: Demonstrating pipetting accuracy using Die Hard with a Vengeance. Journal of Academic Development and Education, 9, 25-32

Robinson, L. (2016). The Application of Games in Higher Education. Journal of Academic Development and Education, 6, 5-8.

Robinson, L. A. Genetic Methodologies in Wildlife Investigations (2013) In J. E. Cooper & M. E. Cooper (Eds.), Wildlife Forensic Investigation – Principles and Practice. London, CRC Press.