Dr Joanna Fraser

Lecturer

School School of Applied Sciences

Department Division of Psychology and Forensic Sciences

Contact info

+44 (0)1382 30 8264

Biography

Joanna came to Dundee in 2001 to study Access to Forensic Psychobiology at Dundee College. During this course she decided to apply for the Forensic Sciences degree course at Abertay University rather than the Forensic Psychobiology degree.

Joanna spent the next four years studying at Abertay University where she graduated from in 2006 with a 1st class honours in Forensic Sciences.

Upon graduating Joanna joined Abertay University as a Teaching Assistant in Forensic Sciences.

Joanna has now completed her PhD and is a full time lecturer

Professional Qualifications:

2014 PhD "Enhanced Techniques for Fingermark Recovery from Fabrics"

2006  BSc (Hons) in Forensic Science, Abertay University

2009 PGCert in Teaching & Learning

Professional Employment History:

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 School of Science, Engineering and Technology, as well as being module tutor for FOR103 and FOR302.

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

Interests

2014 - present

Joanna is currently working on the comparison of One-step and traditional superglue fuming techniques on fabric and plastics

2007 - 2014

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.

2006

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.

2019

Novel pharmacological actions of Trequinsin Hydrochloride improve human sperm cell motility and function

McBrinn, R., Fraser, J., Hope, A., Gray, D., Barratt, C. L., Martins da Silva, S. J. & Brown, S. G. (2019) Novel pharmacological actions of Trequinsin Hydrochloride improve human sperm cell motility and function. . . .
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2018

Evaluation of the one-step Lumicyano™ used in the visualisation of fingermarks on fabrics

Beerman, N., Savage, A., Dennany, L. & Fraser, J. (2018) Evaluation of the one-step Lumicyano™ used in the visualisation of fingermarks on fabrics. . . .
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The intracellular actions of trequinsin hydrochloride promotes human sperm motility

McBrinn, R., Brown, S. G., Fraser, J., Barratt, C. L. R., Martins da Silva, S., Gray, D. W. & Hope, A. G. (2018) The intracellular actions of trequinsin hydrochloride promotes human sperm motility. . . .
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2017

A comparison of penetration and damage caused by different types of arrowheads on loose and tight fit clothing

MacPhee, N., Savage, A., Noton, N., Beattie, E., Milne, L. & Fraser, J. (2017) A comparison of penetration and damage caused by different types of arrowheads on loose and tight fit clothing. . . p. 109-120. .
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2015

A comparison between atmospheric/humidity and vacuum cyanoacrylate fuming of latent fingermarks

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. . . p. 54-70. .
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2014

Pseudo-operational trials of Lumicyano solution and Lumicyano powder for the detection of latent fingermarks on various substrates

Farrugia, K. J., Fraser, J., Calder, N. & Deacon, P. (2014) Pseudo-operational trials of Lumicyano solution and Lumicyano powder for the detection of latent fingermarks on various substrates. . . p. 556-582. .
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2013

Evaluation of Lumicyano cyanoacrylate fuming process for the development of latent fingermarks on plastic carrier bags by means of a pseudo operational comparative trial

Farrugia, K. J., Deacon, P. & Fraser, J. (2013) Evaluation of Lumicyano cyanoacrylate fuming process for the development of latent fingermarks on plastic carrier bags by means of a pseudo operational comparative trial. . . p. 126-132. .
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A comparison of the use of vacuum metal deposition versus cyanoacrylate fuming for visualisation of fingermarks and grab impressions on fabrics

Fraser, J., Deacon, P., Bleay, S. & Bremner, D. H. (2013) A comparison of the use of vacuum metal deposition versus cyanoacrylate fuming for visualisation of fingermarks and grab impressions on fabrics. . . p. 133-140. .
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2012

Visualisation of fingermarks and grab impressions on dark fabrics using silver vacuum metal deposition

Knighting, S., Fraser, J., Sturrock, K. R., Deacon, P., Bleay, S. & Bremner, D. H. (2012) Visualisation of fingermarks and grab impressions on dark fabrics using silver vacuum metal deposition. . . p. 309-314. .
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2011

Visualisation of fingermarks and grab impressions on fabrics. Part 1: gold/zinc vacuum metal deposition

Fraser, J., Sturrock, K. R., Deacon, P., Bleay, S. & Bremner, D. H. (2011) Visualisation of fingermarks and grab impressions on fabrics. Part 1: gold/zinc vacuum metal deposition. . . p. 309-314. .
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More Information

Funding

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

Esteem

Esteem

Esteem

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

Knowledge Exchange

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

Outreach

Outreach

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

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