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Qualifications

B.Ch.D (Malta), MSc Forensic Dentistry (Dist)


About

In 1999, I qualified as a general dental practitioner from the University of Malta following which I worked with the Department of Health in Malta both in hospital and community dental clinics for 4 years.

In 2004 I qualified from Cardiff University with an MSc in Forensic Dentistry with Distinction and was subsequently offered a part-time lectureship on the same MSc course at Cardiff University.

Since March 2008 I have been appointed Senior Lecturer in Forensic Odontology at University of Glamorgan where I am heavily involved in setting up and running post-graduate courses in Forensic Odontology as well as contributing to undergraduate courses in forensic science and setting up CPD seminars for the Dental Team.

Between February and May 2005 I was part of the UK Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team deployed to Phuket to help in identification of the deceased following the Boxing Day tsunami (2004) and since November 2007 I have been Co-Director of Expert Forensics, an independent Forensic Consultancy and Training service.

Over the last 7 years I have been involved in just under 300 cases varying from identification of the deceased, bite mark analysis (criminal and civil cases) and dental age assessment providing reports to both prosecution and defence solicitors, HM Coroners, paediatricians and social services and have given evidence in court as an expert witness.


Responsibilities

Award Leader:

MSc Forensic Odontology

Module Leader:

PH4S17 Identification of Human Remains

PH4S18 Disaster Victim Identification

PH4S19 Bite Mark Analysis

PH4S20 Advanced bite mark analysis

PH4T03 Forensic Odontology Research Project

Teaching:

PH4S15 science for Forensic Odontologists

PH4S16 Law for forensic odontologists

PH1S01 Introduction to Forensic Science

PH2S09 Forensic Evidence

PH3H05 Forensic Literature Project


Memberships

General Dental Council (No 84042)

Malta Medical Council (No 232)

Expert Witness Institute (No 4219)

British Association for Forensic Odontology (BAFO)


Consultancy

Regularly provide forensic consultancy (approximately 30 cases per year) relating to:

  • Identification of the deceased
  • Disaster Victim Identification
  • Bite mark analysis
  • Dental age assessment

As a result I have given evidence in court as an expert witness on numerous occasions.


Research

MSc project supervision

A variety of projects varying from literature reviews to practical studies to questionnaire based analysis are regularly set up and supervised for our students reading the MSc in Forensic Odontology. Research areas include:

  • Bite mark analysis
  • Photography for bite mark analysis
  • Child protection issues
  • Identification of the deceased
  • The role of the forensic odontologist in various specialist teams
  • Dental age assessment
Other research interests:

DNA analysis

The Effect of Human Tooth Incineration on DNA Recovery and Fingerprinting.

Dental Materials

Development of a fast-curing elastomeric impression material for forensic use.


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