Dr Laura Heathfield

Email: laura.heathfield@uct.ac.za

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-4860-9419


Specialisation
DNA Barcoding, DNA-fingerprinting, DNA forensics, Genomic DNA extraction (Specialisations), Molecular sequencing and analysis (Specialisations), Next generation Sequencing (Specialisations), Post-mortem epidemiology (Specialisations), Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques (Specialisations), Sudden death (Specialisations), Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUDI) (Specialisations)



Research Interests
• Use of next generation sequencing technology to assist in post-mortem forensic genetic applications
• Development of molecular autopsies to assist with cause of death determination
• Evaluation and development of molecular phenotyping in South Africa to assist with identification of the deceased who are beyond recognition and whose forensic DNA profile does not match a reference sample
• Improvement of DNA databases in South Africa to aid in the identification of people (suspects, victims, deceased), forensically relevant insects and body fluids
• Optimisation of DNA extraction methods on challenging sample types encountered in forensics



Last updated on 2021-23-04 at 08:51