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 in plant genetics.  This was 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.

Full Profile

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. He also provides bespoke short courses on different aspects of forensic genetics.

In addition to his work at the University, Will also acts as an advisor to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and is a member of their Forensic Advisory Board.  He also acts as a technical assessor, working for the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), assessing laboratories compliance with ISO/IEC 17025.

  • PhD Molecular Biology, University of Glasgow, 1995
  • BSc Biological Sciences, University of Leicester, 1990
  • Forensic Science Society (UK)
  • International Society of Forensic Genetics
  • Fellow of the Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences (UK)


Undergraduate Text Book

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

Research Papers

Alsafiah, Hussain M, Goodwin, William H, Hadi, Ss, Alshaikhi, Mohammed A and Wepeba, Pet-Paul (2017) Population genetic data for 21 autosomal STR loci for the Saudi Arabian population using the GlobalFiler(®) PCR amplification kit. Forensic Science International. Genetics . ISSN 1872-4973

Goodwin, William H (2017) The use of forensic DNA analysis in humanitarian forensic action: The development of a set of international standards. Forensic Science International, 278 . pp. 221-227. ISSN 0379-073

Goodwin, William H and Alimat, Sharizah (2017) Analysis of four PCR/SNaPshot multiplex assays analyzing 52 SNPforID markers. ELECTROPHORESIS . ISSN 0173-083

More publications


Will currently supervises eight PhD students who are working on different aspects of Forensic Genetics.


The current projects include: optimization of DNA recovery from bone; population genetics of forensic markers in a Ghanaian population; assessment of new STR systems for complex kinship testing in Arabic populations; optimization of biological evidence recovery; assessment of Next Generation Sequencing for forensic applications in Qatar; mitochondria DNA analysis for forensic applications in Arabic populations.

Teaching Activities

Course leader
MSc Forensic Science

Module leader
Research Methods – FZ4001
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 – FZ3051/FZ4003


Member of the International Society of the Red Cross’ (ICRC) Forensic Advisory Board

Technical assessor to ISO17025:2005/2017 (UKAS)

Editor: Science and Justice