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Professor Graham Williams

Professor of Forensic Science/Programme Director

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Hull York Medical School

Qualifications

  • BSc (University of Leeds)
  • MSc (King's College London)
  • PhD (University of Huddersfield)

Summary

My forensic science career started in 2002 with the Forensic Science Service in London, where I was a Reporting Officer/Forensic Biologist. My areas of expertise are in DNA profiling, body fluid evidence, clothing damage analysis, and bloodstain pattern analysis. I left the FSS in 2007 to take up a Lecturing position at the University of Huddersfield, where I embraced academic life and finding excellence in forensic science teaching. I also developed my research here becoming the UK's Leading Body Fluid researcher. In 2017, I took up the position of Head of Department for Criminal Justice and Forensic Science. In 2019, I was conferred Professor of Forensic Biology, at which point I stepped away from the Head of Department role, to focus on preparing the REF submissions, working as Co-Lead for UoA 20 (Social Policy) and the Environment Statement Lead. I was also the author of an impact case study.

In 2022, I took up the position of Professor of Forensic Science at the University of Hull and I am currently the Programme Director for Forensic Science.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Differentiating between monozygotic twins through DNA methylation-specific high-resolution melt curve analysis

Stewart, L., Evans, N., Bexon, K. J., Van Der Meer, D. J., & Williams, G. A. (2015). Differentiating between monozygotic twins through DNA methylation-specific high-resolution melt curve analysis. Analytical Biochemistry, 476, 36-39. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ab.2015.02.001

Simultaneous analysis of micro-RNA and DNA for determining the body fluid origin of DNA profiles

van der Meer, D., Uchimoto, M. L., & Williams, G. (2013). Simultaneous analysis of micro-RNA and DNA for determining the body fluid origin of DNA profiles. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 58(4), 967-971. https://doi.org/10.1111/1556-4029.12160

Quantitative PCR analysis of blood- and saliva-specific microRNA markers following solid-phase DNA extraction

Omelia, E. J., Uchimoto, M. L., & Williams, G. (2013). Quantitative PCR analysis of blood- and saliva-specific microRNA markers following solid-phase DNA extraction. Analytical Biochemistry, 435(2), 120-122. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ab.2012.12.024

Research interests

My primary field of research is in body fluid identification, using genetic and epigenetic approaches (specifically microRNA and DNA methylation). My interest do span out from this - looking at the wider forensic applications of forensic epigenetics and developing research in to practice.

I also research into Bloodstain Pattern Analysis and wider forensic genetic areas

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Fellow of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

2018

Senior Fellow of Advance HE (SFHEA)

2017

National/International learned society/body role

Recognised Research Supervisor

2021

The United Kingdom Council for Graduate Education offers a scheme where you can be a Recognised Research Supervisor. This is a new scheme and it is the equivalence of a SFHEA but for PhD supervision