Professor of Forensic and Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry
Sheffield Hallam University
Simona Francese is Professor of Forensic and Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. She holds a degree in Chemistry obtained from the University of Salerno, Italy, and a PhD in Chemical Sciences awarded by the same University with a one year period spent at the University of Leeds, UK, thanks to a Marie Curie fellowship. She is an expert in the development of MALDI MS Imaging applications and has pioneered its development for the analysis of latent fingermarks to profile offenders. More recently she has engaged in the development of MALDI MS based methods for the robust detection and mapping of blood in stains and marks and of drugs in hair. Simona is the Lead of the Fingermark Research Group (FRG) and through the years her research has been partly funded by the Home Office and The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, UK, and actively collaborates with West Yorkshire Police to test the technology at crime scenes. She sits on the Fingerprint Society Committee UK, which is now merged with the Chartered Society of Forensic Science and one of the 40 members of the International FRG; she is an invited member of the European Network of Forensic Sciences and a core member of the Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence & Organised Crime Research. Since March 2017, she is the Chair of the COST Action CA16101 MULTi-modal imaging of FOREnsic SciEnce Evidence (MULTI-FORESEE)- tools for Forensic Science’.