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Biography

Dr James Gooch is a UK Intelligence Community Research Fellow within the King’s Forensics group who specialises in the development of biosensors for forensics, security and biomedical applications.

Since obtaining his PhD from King’s in 2018, James has completed two postdoctoral research projects (funded by the EPSRC and Metropolitan Police Service) on the use of fluorescent biosensors for the detection of biological fluids at crime scenes. His current work aims to develop and test a new sensor for the remote detection of nerve agents and is funded by a prestigious fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng). He is a member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and Royal Society of Chemistry. James is also highly involved in teaching on the King's Forensic Science MSc/MRes and executive education programmes. He holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education (PGCAPHE) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests:
• Biosensors for forensics, security and biomedicine.
• Methods for the detection of chemical warfare agents.
• Aptamer production and characterisation.
• Development of forensic ‘taggant’ materials.
• Detecting evidence on items in wildlife crimes.