Investigate the Dead! How Science can Improve Criminal Cases Outcomes

Dr Noemi Procopio from "Forens-OMICS" team at the University of Central Lancashire

Bio: Dr Noemi Procopio is a Senior Research Fellow in Forensic Taphonomy and the Principal Investigator of the “Forens-OMICS” team at the University of Central Lancashire. Her main research involves the application of proteomics, metabolomics, DNA methylomics and microbiology disciplines to forensic science, particularly to skeletal remains and decomposing tissues, for post-mortem interval (PMI) and age-at-death estimation. In 2019, Dr Noemi Procopio was awarded with the prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (£1.2M) with the project titled “”Forens-OMICS”: a cross disciplinary implementation of omics sciences to in vivo and post-mortem ageing investigations for forensic applications” and recently she has been awarded an extension to her original FLF (£700K) to expand further her “Forens-OMICS” research. Her work is done in collaboration with Human Taphonomy Facilities in the United States (including the University of Texas State, where she is also Visiting Researcher) and with other international leading experts in Australia, Italy, Netherlands, USA and France. She is Visiting Professor at the University of Eastern Piedmont in Italy, Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Science and committee member of the International Affairs Committee and of the Pathology/Biology Section at the same organization. She has been awarded with numerous international awards including two Best Oral Presentations Awards at the International Association of Forensic Science conference (Sidney, Australia 2023) and at the Italian National Meeting of Forensic Pathology conference (Rome, Italy, 2024) and she has been awarded the Investigation and Forensic Award in Milan, Italy, in 2022 for her outstanding contribution towards forensic biology.

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