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Carla Winter

Every day at work Carla uses skills she learned on her degree.

Carla Winter

BSc (Hons) Forensic Biology

'The scope for further research and understanding of DNA always keeps my interest – it’s one of the things I particularly like about my role.'

Why did you go to Teesside University?

I have always wanted to work in forensics. I’m drawn to how forensic science benefits society and I enjoy the subject’s practical and intellectual challenges. I chose to study at Teesside because of the course’s excellent academic opportunities.

What was the course like?

I loved my course and the opportunities it gave me to develop as a student and a person.
The facilities were of the highest quality – the labs, crime scene house and lecture theatres.

Which part did you like best?

I was particularly interested in DNA techniques and their impact on the legal system. I followed up this interest in my dissertation. I looked at developing a technique to distinguish between vaginal and mouth cells. This would be particularly useful in sexual assault cases where the victim has alleged to be assaulted by an object such as a bottle. Although DNA can be used to show that she’s been in contact with the bottle, it’s possible for the defence to argue that the DNA is from her having previously drunk from it. A method indicating the source of DNA would be particularly useful in this scenario.

And after you graduated?

I was lucky enough to be offered a job in this field. The scope for further research and understanding of DNA always keeps my interest – it’s one of the things I particularly like about my role. I joined LGC Forensics as a DNA analyst. The degree itself gave me the skills and knowledge for the interview and my day-to-day duties. I’ve found the practical skills I learned in the Crime to Court and Forensic Biology modules particularly beneficial.

I loved the course – even when it was hard work – I loved Teesside and now I 100% love my job. I wouldn’t have done anything differently.