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Miss Anna-Marie O'Connor

Senior Lecturer

Anna-Marie O'Connor


I graduated from the University of Greenwich in 1993 with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Chemistry. I began work as a forensic scientist at the Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Laboratory (MPFSL). This laboratory merged with the Home Office Forensic Science Service in 1996 where I stayed until its closure in 2011. My field of expertise is the identification of body fluids and the interpretation of DNA profiles (including DNA mixtures and Low Copy Number (LCN)), Blood Pattern Analysis (BPA) and textile fibres analysis. I have given evidence in crown court on numerous cases including BPA, LCN, textile fibres and Casework Assessment and Interpretation (CAI) issues and complex DNA mixture cases. Latterly, I specialised in the forensic interpretation of sexual offences.

In April 2012, I joined the University of Portsmouth as a Senior Lecturer to share my expertise as a forensic practitioner on the BSc (Hons) Forensic Biology pathway - which was accredited by the Forensic Science Society.  My responsibilities included unit co-ordination and teaching on the Professional Skills for Forensic Science and Interpretation of Forensic Evidence units and supervision of forensic biology honours project students.

In September 2014, I was appointed as Forensic Co-Ordinator within ICJS with responsibilities including management of both internal and external collaborative research partnerships.  In this role I also deliver specialist teaching around my areas of expertise, mainly on the BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Studies course which holds recognition status from the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences – the Professional Body for forensic practitioners.

I am registered on a part-time PhD programme with the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Portsmouth.  In my teaching roles I have managed several Level 6 project students on topics such as “Recovery of DNA from bloodstains after domestic fire”, “Study of background gunshot residue in workplace of known firearms user”, “Studies into trace DNA contamination transfer” and “Assessment of fibre transfer through simulated contact”.  My own work on “The Significance of Extraneous Fibres on Outer Clothing” was presented at IAFSS, Dusseldorf, 1994.

I joined the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (then the Forensic Science Society) as a student in 1991 and maintain Professional Membership status.  I was elected as Honorary Secretary (2009-2011) and also served three terms as an ordinary member of council – totalling twelve years service - including two years as chairman of the Society conferences committee. I both convened and presented at several conferences during these terms of office.  

I attained Fellowship of the HEA in October 2013.

Research Interests

  • Forensic Biology
  • Body fluid recovery
  • DNA analysis
  • Textile fibre transfer, persistence and analysis

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