Leisa Nichols-Drew

Leisa Nichols-Drew is a Chartered Forensic Practitioner (Forensic Biology), National Teacher Fellow, Churchill Fellow, and Associate Professor at De Montfort University.

Leisa's career in forensic science casework commenced in 2000, at the former Forensic Science Service, and more recently Cellmark Forensic Services.

Leisa's expertise is in the forensic science laboratory evidential examination, recovery, and documentation of crime scene exhibits, from a range of offences, within the disciplines of Forensic Biology (blood pattern analysis, bodyfluids examinations, DNA processing and submissions) and Evidence Recovery (including hairs, fibres and trace particulate debris, also shoe/tool/tyre mark analysis, microscopy and UV/IR imaging techniques). Additionally, as a Quality Advisor, Laboratory Auditor (ISO 17025), Technical Trainer, Subject Specialist, and Researcher.

With extensive attendance experience at crime scenes and vehicle examinations, post-mortem examinations, courts, cold-case reviews and case conferences, Leisa has coordinated complex forensic laboratory examination strategies contributing to high profile investigations through the FSS Major Crime Service within the UK Criminal Justice System and international agencies.

Leisa has disseminated her research (novel fingermark development methods and also, proactive and reactive approaches for knife crime offences) around the world.

In 2020, Leisa co-founded an international community and network to support academics and practitioners in forensic science training and education, with the transition to online learning, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Leisa is honoured to be elected as a member of the Executive Council of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences.

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