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Address : Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, Hematology Department
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Denise Syndercombe Court entered the London Hospital Medical College in 1979 as a Research Assistant in the Department of Haematology, where she studied for her PhD. After gaining her PhD she remained within the department participating in several research programmes. She was later promoted to the position of Senior Lecturer in the Department.

Since taking over the Forensic section Denise has continued to develop the service and expertise offered in criminal and civil forensic genetics, being appointed by the Lord Chancellor in 1993 and subsequently leading the laboratory to achieve Ministry of Justice and ISO 17025 Accreditation. She was appointed a consultant to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2002 in order to guide them through their contract tender and has been one of two UK representatives on the European DNA Profiling Group (EDNAP) since 1998. Since then she has undertaken training in Forensic Gynaecology, obtained a post-graduate qualification in Forensic Statistics and is a Cardiff University Accredited Expert Witness. Denise is an external examiner on the MSc courses in Forensic Science and in DNA Profiling at Kings College London and the University of Central Lancashire, respectively and has recently been appointed Secretary-General of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences, and Secretary to the International Association of Forensic Genetics (English Speaking Group). She has appeared as an expert witness on many occasions and is regularly invited by the media to comment on matters of criminal identification.

Denise is a Chartered Scientist and Chartered Biologist and belongs to several professional societies: she is a Fellow of the Institute of Biological and Medical Sciences, Member of the Institute of Biology, Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, member of the International Society of Forensic Genetics, Advanced Certificated Member of the International Association of Blood Pattern Analysts and Member of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences. She is statistical reviewer for several medical journals and an expert reviewer for the British Heart Journal, Transfusion, Transfusion Medicine, Forensic Science International, FSI Genetics, British Journal of Haematology, Medicine, Science and the Law and the Journal of Clinical Forensic Medicine.


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