Joanna came to Dundee in 2001 to study Access to Forensic Psychobiology at
Joanna spent the next four years studying at A
Upon graduating Joanna joined
Joanna has now completed her PhD and is a full time lecturer
Joanna has now completed her PhD and is a full time lecturer
2014 PhD "Enhanced Techniques for Fingermark Recovery from Fabrics"
2006 BSc (Hons) in Forensic Science,
2014 - Present Lecturer, Abertay University
2010 - 2014 Teaching Fellow, Abertay University
2006 - 2010 Teaching Assistant, Abertay University
As a lecturer Joanna is involved in practical lab work for years one and three, as well as giving lectures to the first, third and fourth years involved in the Forensic Science areas of the
Joanna is involved in the following undergraduate modules -
ELE008 - Inspire and Discover: Communicating Science
FOR103 - Introduction to Forensic Science, Practice and Techniques
FOR301 - Special Topics in Forensic Biology
FOR312 - Scene Examination and Management
FOR404 - Current Concepts in Forensic Biology
FOR410 - Project Research Methods
FOR411 - Honours Project
Joanna is currently working on the comparison of One-step and traditional superglue fuming techniques on fabric and plastics
Joanna's PhD involved joint research with the Home Office and SPA Dundee, working on the recovery of fingerprints on fabric using Vacuum Metal Deposition and Cyanoacrylate fuming techniques.
Joanna's 4th year project was entitled Forensic Entomology - The effect of temperature on Calliphora vicina larvae development.
This involved breeding maggots in different temperatures (15°C, 25°C & 45°C) to see the effect if any, these different temperatures had on the maggot's development.
This was interesting research, allowing many skills to be utilised, though the smell became quite unsavoury at times due to the environmental conditions and nutrients (pig liver) supplied from the maggots to feed on.
McPhee, N., Savage, A., Noton, N., Beattie, E., Milne, L., Fraser, J. (2018). A comparison of penetration and damage caused by different types of arrowheads on loose and tight fit clothing. Science & Justice, 58, pp:109-120.
Fraser, J. 2017. Oral presentation: Preliminary comparison of two-step versus one-step cyanoacrylates on fabric. CSFS Fingerprint Division, Manchester, 31 March – 1 April 2017. Manchester: Manchester Conference Centre.
Farrugia, K.J., Fraser, J., Friel, L., Adams, D., Attard-Montalto, N., Deacon, P. 2015. A comparison between atmospheric/humidity and vacuum cyanoacrylate fuming of latent fingermarks, Forensic Science International, 257, 54-70
Fraser, J., Deacon, P., Bleay, S. and Bremner, D. H. 2014. A comparison of the use of vacuum metal deposition versus cyanoacrylate fuming for visualisation of fingermarks and grab impressions on fabrics. Science and Justice, 54, pp: 133-140.
Farrugia, K.J., Deacon, P., Fraser, J. 2014. Evaluation of Lumicyano(TM) cyanoacrylate fuming process for the development of latent fingermarks on plastic carrier bags by means of a pseudo operational comparative trial. Science & Justice. 54, pp: 126-132.
Knighting S., Fraser J., Sturrock K., Deacon P., Bleay S., Bremner D. 2013.‘Visualisation of fingermarks and grab impressions on dark fabrics using silver vacuum metal deposition’, Science and Justice. 53, pp:309-314.
Fraser, J. 2012. Oral presentation: Fingerprint Recovery from Fabrics. 8th National FORREST conference, Dundee, July 26 - 28 2012. Dundee: University of Abertay Dundee
Fraser, J. 2012. Oral presentation: Fingerprint Recovery from Fabrics. The Fingerprint Society 37th Annual Educational Conference, Derbyshire, July 26 - 28 2012. Derbyshire: The Hayes Conference Centre
Fraser, J., Sturrock, K., Deacon, P., Bleay, S. & Bremner, D. H. 2012 Visualisation of fingermarks and grab impressions on fabrics. Part 1: gold/zinc vacuum metal deposition. Forensic Science International. 208 (1-3): pp. 74-78
Fraser, J & Sivewright, K. 2010. Oral presentation: Comparing the Comparisons. MMi Users Workshop Leeds Forensic Systems vs. Leica , Zurich, Switzerland, October 25 - October 26 2010. Zurich: MMi Molecular Machines & Industries AG
Fraser, J. 2010. Oral presentation: Fingerprint Visualisation on Fabrics Utilising Vacuum Metal Deposition (VMD) and Cyanoacrylate Fuming (CAF) Techniques. The 20th International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences, Sydney, Australia, September 5 - September 9 2010. Sydney: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Fraser, J. 2009. Poster presentation: Recovery of Fingerprints from Fabrics Using Vacuum Metal Deposition. Research Student Conference, Dundee, September 30 - October 1 2009. Dundee: University of Abertay Dundee
Fraser, J. 2009. Poster presentation: Recovery of Fingerprints from Fabrics Using Vacuum Metal Deposition. EAFS 2009 5th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference, Glasgow, September 8 - 11 2009. Dundee: University of Abertay Dundee
Fraser, J. 2008. Poster presentation: The Recovery of Fingerprints from Fabrics Using Vacuum Metal Deposition. 4th National FORREST conference, Aberdeen, July 1 - 3 2008. Dundee: University of Abertay Dundee
Fraser, J. 2007. Poster presentation: The Effect of Temperature on Calliphora vicina Larvae Development. 3rd National FORREST Conference, Staffordshire University, September 5 - 7 2007. Dundee: University of Abertay Dundee.
Joanna's PhD was funded by University of Abertay Dundee
Joanna was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travel Fellowship in 2010
Joanna was awarded a Carnegie Trust grant in 2012
STEM Abassador 2006 - present
Associate of the Higher Education Academy 2008 - 2009
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2009 - present
Churchill Fellow 2010 - Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (www.wcmt.org.uk)
Member of the Court of Guardians for The Royal Caledonian EducationTrust (http://www.rcet.org.uk/) 2010 - present
Associate Member of The Fingerprint Society 2012 - 2016
Member of CSFS Fingerprint Division (formally the Fingerprint Society) 2016- present
Professional Member of The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences 2016 - present
Member of The Institute of Science & Technology 2016 - present
Joanna's PhD and ongoing research involves consultation with both the Home Office and SPA Dundee
Athena SWAN Award self-assessment team (SAT) member for Abertay and for School of SET at Abertay
Joanna is a STEM abassador who was involved with the Space School when it was hosted by the University of Abertay Dundee (2008-2014) as well as school activity days at Abertay