I started my career as a Pharmacologist and have significant experience of working in forensic toxicology both in industry and academia. I hold a BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology and a PhD in GABAA receptors (which influence cognition).
I joined Abertay in 2017 from the University of Huddersfield where I was a Senior Lecturer in forensic toxicology. I’ve held academic positions at the University of Dundee, the University of Bristol, the University of Birmingham and Oxford Brookes University.
As a Case Active Forensic Toxicologist at the University of Dundee, I was responsible for quality management of the forensic toxicology laboratory that provided analysis of post-mortem samples in unexplained death cases under contract from the Scottish Crown Office.
My research is focused on post-mortem drug redistribution, novel psychoactive substances - particularly benzodiazepines, uncertainty of measurement in forensic science and the interpretation of forensic toxicology results using Bayesian statistics.
I’m a Chartered Scientist, a Chartered Chemist,a Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, United Kingdom and Ireland Association of Forensic Toxicologists, LTG, and the Society of Forensic Toxicologists.
I’m also actively involved in public science events and recently won the RSC Molecules zone on I'm a Scientist Get Me Out of Here – an X-Factor style competition between scientists, judged by students.
Peter teaches chemistry, toxicology and pharmacology and forensic casework on a varity of modules:-
ELE006 - Global Change
ELE020 - Forensic Investigation
LSC101 - Biology Principles and Practice
ENV101 - Introduction to environmental Sciences
FOR201 - Advanced Chemical Process
FOR212 - Investigative Analytical Science
FOR310 - Pharmacology and Toxicology
LSC401 - Project Research Methods
LSC402 - Honours Project (Biomedical Sciences)
FOR410 - Forensic Science Project
Current research areas:-
His research is focussed on post-mortem drug redistribution, novel psychoactive substances (particularly benzodiazepines), uncertainty of measurement in forensic science and the the interpretation of forensic toxicology results using bayesian statistics.
I am currently supervising 2 PhD projects:
1) Is the bladder a site of post-mortem redistribution?
2) Physicochemical properties and metabolism of new psychoactive substances
PhD Studentship (2015)
University of Huddersfield, School Studentship
Competitively awarded fully funded PhD studentship to investigate the physicochemical properties of new psychoactive substances (£60,000)
Home Office CAST/Ocean Optics Road Side Drug Testing (2014)
Grant for the investigation of novel methods for non-invasive determination of drug blood levels at the roadside (£50,000)
Equipment grant (2014)
University of Huddersfield, Faculty Equipment Award
Competitively awarded £27,000 to purchase an HPLC-DAD to study in vitro postmortem redistribution and drug metabolism.
PhD Studentship (2013)
University of Huddersfield, School Studentship
Awarded fully funded PhD studentship to investigate the Post-mortem redistribution (£60,000)
Pharmacology Pre-practical Quiz development (2009)
University of Bristol, AIMS/CETL
Jointly awarded £16,000 to pay for a 6 month teaching assistant post to develop pre-practical quizzes for Pharmacology practicals for Pharmacology Level 1, Level 2, Medic and Dental Practicals. The quizzes are now used across the department.
Research Grant (2005)
Scientific Projects Committee, The Medical School. University of Birmingham (£2,500). 1 Year
investigation of the CO2/Proton sensitivity of human nicotinic acetylcholine receptors expressed in Xenopus oocytes.
Visiting Senior Lecturer University of Huddersfield (2017 - Present)
Winner RSC Molecules zone. I'm a scientist get me out of here
Member of Royal Society of Chemistry
Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
Professional Member of United Kindon and Ireland Association of Forensic Toxicologists (UKIAFT)
Member of London Toxicology Group (LTG)
Member of Society of Forensic Toxicologist
Member of the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists
Journal of Analytical Toxicology
Drug Testing and Analysis
Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental
Abstract reviewer for Sofiety of Forensic Toxicology Annual Meeting
Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow Awards
Athena SWAN Panel Member
MSc Forensic Toxicology (Bournmouth Univeristy)
2 PhD Thesis (External Examiner)
1 PhD Thesis (Internal Examiner)
Worldwide Distilled Spirits (2017). The Science of Sensible Drinking.
Public Lecture Series Hudderflield (2016). Murder or Sucide: The role of Forensic Toxicology in Death Investigations.
UKIAFT main meeting (2014). Postmortem redistribution.
Nottingham Trent University (2014) - Toxicology of phenazepam
University of Exeter (2014) - Translational Science Seminars
British Pharmacological Society winter meeting (2007). The use of Human Patient Simulators in Pharmacology undergraduate teaching.
UKIAFT Annual Meeting (Manchester 2016) - Organising Commitee Chair
TIAFT Annual Meeting (Birmingham 2019) - Organising Commitee Member (Corporate Liason)
I am regularly involved in outreach. I speak at local schools and colleges, I also take part in public science events (such as science week). I won the RSC Molecules zone for I'm a scientist get me out of here.