Dr Samantha Drake

Position: Senior Lecturer in Forensic Chemistry

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Department: Natural Sciences

Subject area: Forensic Sciences

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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:

  • 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.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of The Chromatographic Society


Undergraduate Qualifications 

  • MSc (Hons) Chemistry, Durham University

Postgraduate Qualifications 

  • MSc in Forensic Science, University of Strathclyde
  • PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Anglia Ruskin University

Research Qualifications

  • PhD in Analytical Chemistry (Forensics), University of the West of Scotland

Recent publications

  • 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)

Recent conferences

  • 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.

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)

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