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Dr Kelly Sheridan

Assistant Professor

Department: Applied Sciences

Kelly Sheridan Staffprofile Northumbriauniversity255Dr Kelly Sheridan joined Northumbria University in 2013 as a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science in the Department of Chemical and Forensic Sciences, Faculty of Health and Life Science. Prior to joining the team Kelly spent seven years as a Senior Forensic Reporting Officer at LGC Forensics, one of the UK’s most prominent Forensic Science Providers. Kelly was formerly employed as a Senior Reporter in the Marks and Trace department, and a specialist advisor to the Cold Case team for cases involving the potential transfer of textile fibres.

Kelly has dealt with a number of high profile cases of national concern - such as the murders of Joanna Yeates and Stephen Lawrence, cold cases, and cases for the Criminal Case Review Commission. Kelly has also worked on behalf of the defence. Kelly was also responsible for developing and delivering training programs for scientists in the examination and interpretation of fibre evidence, and was actively involved in the UKAS accreditation process.

After graduating from Northumbria University in 2000 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Chemistry, Kelly completed an MSc in Forensic Science at the University of Strathclyde in 2001 before finishing her PhD in Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis at The University of Liverpool in 2006

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  • A quantitative assessment of the extent and distribution of textile fibre transfer to persons involved in physical assault, Sheridan, K., Palmer, R., Chalton, D., Bacar, J., Beckett, J., Bellerby, K., Brown, L., Donaghy, E., Finlayson, A., Graham, C., Robertson, B., Taylor, L., Gallidabino, M. 1 Jul 2023, In: Science & Justice
  • Forensic Examination of Fibers: Transfer and Persistence, Sheridan, K. 1 Jan 2023, Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences, Third Edition, Elsevier
  • Prevalence and characterisation of microfibres along the Kenyan and Tanzanian coast, Kechi-Okafor, C., Khan, F., Al-Naimi , U., Beguerie, V., Gallidabino, M., Scott-Harden, S., Sheridan, K. 23 Feb 2023, In: Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
  • Rethinking the fashion value chain: how reshoring can create a localised product lifecycle and support sustainable economic growth, James, A., Mather, S., Sheridan, K. 17 Sep 2023, Novel sustainable alternatives for the textiles and fashion industry, Cham, Switzerland, Springer
  • Best Practice Manual for the Forensic Examination of Fibres, Sheridan, K., Was-Gubala, J., Kambosos, M., Johansson, S., Hess, S., Lepot, L., Palmer, R. 22 Jul 2022
  • Forensic Examination of Fibres: Microscopy, Sheridan, K. 15 Nov 2022, Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences, Amsterdam, Elsevier
  • The impact of fabric conditioning products and lint filter pore size on airborne microfiber pollution arising from tumble drying, Lant, N., Defaye, M., Smith, A., Kechi-Okafor, C., Dean, J., Sheridan, K. 6 Apr 2022, In: PLoS One
  • Creation of a universal experimental protocol for the investigation of transfer and persistence of trace evidence: Part 2 – Implementation and preliminary data, Ménard, H., Cole, C., Mudie, R., Klu, J., Lawson, M., Green, S., Doyle, S., Emma H., M., Hamilton, B., Sheridan, K., Daéid, N. 2021, In: Forensic Science International: Synergy
  • A study on contactless airborne transfer of textile fibres between different garments in small compact semi-enclosed spaces, Sheridan, K., Palmer, R., Saltupyte, E., Gallidabino, M. 1 Oct 2020, In: Forensic Science International
  • Microfiber release from real soiled consumer laundry and the impact of fabric care products and washing conditions, Lant, N., Hayward, A., Peththawadu, M., Sheridan, K., Dean, J. 5 Jun 2020, In: PLoS One

  • Rory Simmons The application of multivariate analysis to aid interpretation of textile fibre dyes analysed by microspectrophotometry Start Date: 01/10/2014 End Date: 03/03/2021
  • Chimdia Kechi-Okafor ??Quantification, Identification and Source Discrimination of Anthropogenic Microfibres in Marine and Freshwater Bodies: A Forensic Approach? Start Date: 01/03/2019

  • Education PGCert July 08 2015
  • Chemistry PhD
  • Science MSc
  • Chemistry BSc (Hons)
  • Member Forensic Science Society (FSSoc) 2014
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2013

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