Staff profile

Dr Samantha Drake

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Chemistry


Forensic Science


College of Life and Natural Sciences


School of Human Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I teach a broad range of chemistry topics, particularly those relating to the analysis of samples of forensic interest.

Teaching responsibilities

I lead the following modules on the Forensic Science, Human Biology, Biology and Zoology undergraduate degree programmes:

I also teach on the following modules:

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.

Membership of professional bodies


Undergraduate Qualifications 

Postgraduate Qualifications 

Research Qualifications

Recent conferences

Additional interests and activities

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.

In the media

Spoke on BBC Radio Derby regarding the discovery of 4 new elements in the periodic table (2016)

Recent publications