I am currently a PhD researcher at Northumbria University Law School. My research is investigating the efficacy of retention regimes governing the UK National DNA Database (NDNAD). The project aims to develop forensic DNA retention standards for the protection of public security and the individual's right to privacy. The study combines NDNAD match rate analysis and a stakeholder survey to achieve its aims. My research is funded by the Northumbria University Research Studentship. Previously, I studied an MSc in Forensic Science at Strathclyde University where I specialised in forensic biology and researched the application of DNA profiling in the estimation of the age of biological evidence. My master's studies at Strathclyde was funded by the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship. I am an Associate Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. I have a keen interest in forensic science training and capacity building, and science communication, and I have published and delivered presentations in these areas.