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Dr. Will Goodwin

Reader In Forensic Genetics

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Darwin Building, DB326

+44 (0) 1772 89 4254

Subject Areas: Forensic Science

Will gained a PhD at the University of Glasgow, followed by eight years at the Human Identification Centre, also at the University of Glasgow. He undertook extensive casework involving relationship testing and the identification of human remains. Since moving to UCLan in 2002 Will has been involved with the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and the supervision of research degrees.

Will is research active within the area of forensic science. He is a member of the Forensic Genetics Research Group and TRACES.

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Will gained a BSc studying biological sciences, at the University of Leicester. He followed this with a PhD at the University of Glasgow– looking at gene expression in plants exposed to low temperatures. After this he spent eight years at the Human Identification Centre at the University of Glasgow. During this time he undertook casework including human identification and paternity testing and also carried out research into improving the recovery of DNA from compromised samples.

Since moving to UCLan in 2002 Will has been involved with the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and the supervision of research degrees.
In addition to his work at the University, Will also acts as an advisor to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and has worked as a technical assessor working for the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), assessing laboratories compliance with ISO/IEC 17025. He also provide bespoke short courses.

PhD Molecular Biology, University of Glasgow, 1995
BSc Biological Sciences, University of Leicester, 1990


Undergraduate Text Book

W. Goodwin, A.M.T. Linacre and S. Hadi. An Introduction to Forensic Genetics, 2ed. John Wiley (2010).

Research Papers

N. Zahra, S. Hadi, J. Smith, A. Iyengar, W. Goodwin. (2011) The use of Internal Amplification Controls in PCR. Electrophoresis, in press.

M. Alenizi, W. Goodwin, S. Hadi, H. Alenizi, K. Altamar, M. Alsikel. (2009) Concordance between the AmpFℓSTR® MiniFiler™ and AmpFℓSTR® Identifiler® PCR Amplification Kits in the Kuwaiti population. J Forensic Sci 54, 350-352.

D. Clark, S. Hadi, A. Iyengar, J. Smith, V. Garg, W. Goodwin (2009) STR data for the AmpFℓSTR® SGM Plus® loci from two South Asian populations. Legal Medicine 11, 97-100.

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Will currently supervises four PhD students who are working on different aspects of forensic genetics. The current projects are: population genetics of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) in Malaysian populations; the persistence of DNA in bone; developing methodology for efficient extraction of DNA from bone; population genetics of short tandem repeat markers (STRs) in the populations of the Arabian Peninsular; and the persistence of biological evidence in adverse climatic conditions.


Will supervises the following PhD Students' projects:

Sharizah Alimat, Malaysia
Sharizah has joined us from Kimia – Malaysia’s Federal forensic provider. She is looking at the population genetics of SNP polymorphisms in the different Malaysian populations and assessing the utility of SNP markers for forensic work in Malaysia, where much of the evidence recovered from crime scenes cannot be profiled using standard techniques because of the high levels of DNA degradation, which is caused through exposure to the high environmental temperatures and humidity

Sasitaran Iyavoo
Sasitaran has also joined us from Kimia in Malaysia. He is developing a multiplex that can be used to assess the degradation of DNA from different forms of DNA evidence. He is also optimising the available techniques for the extraction of DNA from bone.

Bushra Idris, United Kingdom
Bushra is carrying his research out part-time whilst at the same time establishing and running a forensic DNA laboratory in Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE. He is looking at the persistence of DNA evidence on different surfaces in response to environmental exposure and assessing the optimum extraction and profiling techniques for DNA profiling of environmentally degraded DNA.

Wafa Ali Bani Ibrahim
Wafa is based in the UAE and working on her PhD part-time. She is carrying out a large-scale survey of different genetic markers in the populations of the UAE and assessing their utility for casework in the UAE.

External Activities

Technical Assessor for United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

Member of the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Panel of Forensic Experts

External examiner at the University of Glasgow

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Course leader
MSc DNA Profiling

Module leader
Research Methods – FZ4001
Research Methods – FV4601
Forensic Genetics I – FZ4201

Module contributions
Introduction to Biology – FZ1016
Forensic Genetics – FZ3011
Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics – FZ3017
Evaluation of Genetic Data – FZ4203
Research Projects – FZ4003


Forensic Science Society (UK)

International Society of Forensic Genetics

Fellow of the Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences (UK)