Dr. Karen Scott

Director and Associate Professor of Forensic Science

Dr. Karen Scott currently holds the position of Director and Associate Professor of Forensic Science. Prior to this she spent 5 years as a senior lecturer and Director of the MSc (MedSci) in Forensic Toxicology at Glasgow University, where she also consulted in Forensic Toxicology and retains an honorary senior lecturer position. She has over 18 years experience in forensic and clinical toxicology, including a 2-year postdoctoral post in the National Institute of Health Sciences, in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to journal publications in the areas of postmortem toxicology and hair and alternative matrix testing, she is the coauthor of a book chapter on drug incorporation in hair. In her academic career she has taught students from a range of disciplines, including science, medicine and law. Additional teaching commitments include being a Member of Faculty staff for the Robert F. Borkenstein course on the effects of drugs on human performance and behavior. She is a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Chartered Scientist, a Chartered Chemist, and an Authorized Analyst for the purposes of Section 16 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act (UK). Additionally she is a member of the Society of Hair Testing, the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists, and the United Kingdom and Ireland Association of Forensic Toxicologists.

Representative Publications

  • K.S. Scott. “Drug Facilitated Crimes” in Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences, 2nd Edition. Editors: J.A Siegel and P.J. Saukko. In press.
  • P. Cabarcos, H.M. Hassan, M.J. Tabernero, K.S. Scott (2012). Analysis of ethyl glucuronide in hair samples by liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS-MS) Journal of Applied Toxicology, published online in Wiley Online Library
  • N. Richards, G. Cooke, V. Simpson, S. Hall, N. Harrison, K.S. Scott. Qualitative detection of the NSAIDs diclofenac and ibuprofen in the hair of Eurasian otters (Lutralutra) occupying UK waterways with GC-MS. European Journal of Wildlife Research. October 2011, Volume 57, Issue 5, pp 1107-1114
  • K.S. Scott (2009). The Use of Hair as a Toxicological Tool in DFC Casework. Science and Justice, 49, 250-253.
  • L. Gautam, K.S. Scott, T.F. Emmett, M.D. Cole (2008). Characterisation of Natural and Synthetic Melanins. Forensic Science Today, 6, 27-43.
  • R. Kronstrand and K. Scott. ”Drug Incorporation into Hair” in Analytical and Practical Aspects of Drug Testing in Hair.Editor : Pascal Kintz. CRC Press 2006.
  • N.L. Richards, K.S. Scott, S. Hall and N.M. Harrison. (2006) Detection of NSAIDs in livestock animals and scavenging birds of prey, with emphasis on Old World Vultures and condors. Vulture News. 54, 68 - 71.
  • L. Gautam, K.S. Scott, M.D. Cole. (2005) Amphetamine Binding to Synthetic Melanin and Scatchard Analysis of Binding Data. Journal of Analytical Toxicology, 29, 339-344.
  • K.S. Scott and Y. Nakahara (2003) A Study into the Rate of Incorporation of Eight Benzodiazepines into Rat Hair. Forensic Science International, , 133, 47-56.
  • K. Saisho, K.S. Scott, S. Morimoto and Y. Nakahara (2001) Hair Analysis for Pharmaceutical Drugs II. Effective Extraction and Determination of Sildenafil (Viagra®) and Its N-Desmethyl Metabolite in Rat and Human Hair by GC/MS. Biological Pharmaceutical Bulletin, 24(12), 1384-1388.
  • K.S.Scott and J.S. Oliver (2001) The Use of Vitreous Humor as an Alternative to Whole Blood for the Analysis of Benzodiazepines. Journal of Forensic Science, 46(3), 270-273.
  • J. Ditton, G.A.A. Cooper, K.S. Scott, D.L. Allen, J.S. Oliver and I.D. Smith (2000) Hair Testing for "Ecstasy" in Volunteer Scottish Drug Users. Addiction Biology, 5, 205-211.
  • Scott, K.S., and Oliver, J.S. (1999) Vitreous humor as an alternative sample to blood for the supercritical fluid extraction of morphine and 6-monoacetylmorphine.Medicine, Science and the Law, 39 (1). pp. 77-81. ISSN 0025-8024
  • Scott, K.S., and Oliver, J.S. (1997) Development of a supercritical fluid extraction method for the determination of temazepam in whole blood.Journal of Analytical Toxicology, 21 (4). pp. 297-300. ISSN 0146-4760

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