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Joanna Fraser


  • 89 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
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Personal profile

Personal profile

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

Research 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.


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.


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



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 (

Member of the Court of Guardians for The Royal Caledonian EducationTrust ( 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


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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Cyanoacrylates Medicine & Life Sciences
Vacuum Medicine & Life Sciences
Sperm Motility Medicine & Life Sciences
Zinc Medicine & Life Sciences
Powders Medicine & Life Sciences
Visualization Chemical Compounds
Leg Bones Medicine & Life Sciences
Metals Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2011 2019

  • 89 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
  • 12 Article
  • 1 Abstract

An assessment of a portable cyanoacrylate fuming system (LumiFume™) for the development of latent fingermarks

Jones, C., Fraser, J., Deacon, P., Lindsay, M., Carlysle-Davies, F. & Farrugia, K. J., 3 Oct 2019, In : Forensic Science International. 305, 109966.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


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

Beerman, N., Savage, A., Dennany, L. & Fraser, J., 1 Sep 2019, In : Science & Justice. 59, 9, p. 486-497 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

crossover interference
relative humidity

Investigation into the use of CT scanning on impact damage to fabric, tissue and bone caused by both round and flat nosed bullets

Newton, J., Savage, A., Coupar, N. & Fraser, J., 25 Oct 2019, Science and Justice 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Leg Bones
Forensic Ballistics
Artificial Skin
Bone and Bones

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

McBrinn, R. C., Fraser, J., Hope, A. G., Gray, D. W., Barratt, C. L. R., Martins da Silva, S. J. & Brown, S. G., 1 Aug 2019, In : British Journal of Pharmacology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sperm Motility
Cell Movement

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., 5 Jan 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Sperm Motility
Acrosome Reaction
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injections
Male Infertility


Enhanced techniques for fingermark recovery from fabrics

Author: Fraser, J., Aug 2013

Supervisor: Bremner, D. H. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis