Dr Georgina Meakin is a senior lecturer at the UTS Centre of Forensic Science. She investigates the transfer, persistence, prevalence and recovery of DNA and other trace evidence. She is particularly interested in the indirect transfer of DNA.
Dr Georgina Meakin is a senior lecturer at the UTS Centre of Forensic Science, and was previously at UCL's Centre for the Forensic Sciences. In addition to a PhD in molecular genetics, Dr Meakin completed an MSc in Forensic and Analytical Science at the University of Huddersfield in 2008 and practiced as a Forensic Scientist at The Forensic Institute in Glasgow from 2010 to 2012.
Dr Meakin continues to provide advice and consultancy in casework in the UK, USA, Australia and Canada, and her research focuses on investigating the transfer, persistence, prevalence and recovery of DNA and other trace evidence. She is particularly interested in the indirect transfer of DNA and how this affects the evaluation of trace DNA in casework, and has co-authored three of the major review articles on this subject. Georgina is also active in public engagement, having contributed to a variety of activities, most notably, as the forensic scientist on the team of experts who re-examined the evidence in a case for the BBC2 documentary The Chillenden Murders.
As the science improves, we can detect smaller and smaller traces of DNA. Does that mean we could pin someone to a crime scene who was never there at all?