Dr Dimitri Gerostamoulos
Head of Forensic Science & Chief Toxicologist, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
Dr Dimitri Gerostamoulos is currently is a Toxicologist and Pharmacologist and holds a Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine) in the field of Forensic Toxicology and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree, both from Monash University. He is an approved analyst under Section 57B of the Road Safety Act of Victoria and has published numerous scientific papers and chapters in books and is an active member of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT).
He is also a member the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT), Society of Hair Testing (SOHT) and the Forensic and Clinical Toxicology Association of Australasia (FACTA Inc). Dr Gerostamoulos is also an approved assessor for the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA) in Forensic Science.
Dr Gerostamoulos has given evidence in over 120 cases in Supreme court, County court, Committal proceedings at Magistrates Court and at Coronial Inquests in the field of forensic toxicology and pharmacology and have provided opinions on a number of other cases around Australia in relation to the pharmacology of drugs, effects of drugs in drivers, and analytical and toxicological issues in relation to drugs in hair, blood, urine and other matrices.
Professor Shanlin Fu
Centre for Forensic Science
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Shanlin graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Nanjing Normal University, China in 1982, a Master of Science degree in Phytochemistry from Peking Union Medical College, China in 1985 and a PhD degree in pharmaceutical chemistry from University of Sydney, Australia in 1993. He then spent 6 years at the Heart Research Institute Sydney, studying free radical damage to biomolecules and its role in atherosclerosis and other diseases. In 2000 he was appointed Senior Scientist at the Toxicology Unit, Pacific Laboratory Medicine Services, Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health. He was in charge of the confirmatory drug testing department, performing drug testing for clinical and medico-legal purposes.
Since joining UTS in 2008, Shanlin has been teaching and running research programs in the broad area of forensic toxicology and forensic chemistry. His research is supported by various competitive research grants sourced from the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Ian Potter Foundation, the Australia Anti-Doping Research Program (ADRP) and some international collaborative research grants.
Shanlin is a member of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT), a member of The Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS), and a board member of the Forensic and Clinical Toxicology Association of Australasia (FACTA). He is also a registered expert consultant at AccessUTS and a technical assessor for the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA) in the field of medical testing.
Team Leader and Principal Scientist
Forensic Science, Adelaide, South Australia
Tim holds a Bachelor of Technology and a Bachelor of Science (Honours), both from Flinders University. He has given evidence numerous times in court and is an approved analyst under the Road Traffic Act of South Australia. He regularly delivers lectures on post-mortem and forensic toxicology to the South Australian Police and other interested stakeholders. His research interests include post-mortem degradation of drugs and drug screening using high resolution mass spectrometry. He is an Adjunct Academic at Flinders University and regularly supervises post-graduate students.
He is a member of several scientific organisations such as The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) and The Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS), and is a board member of the Forensic and Clinical Toxicology Association of Australasia (FACTA).
Dr Jennifer Schumann
Senior Research Fellow
Head, Drug Harm Prevention Unit
Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
Dr Jennifer Schumann (née Pilgrim) is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Drug Harm Prevention Unit at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. She is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash University. Dr Schumann has a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Pharmacology (2006) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Forensic Medicine (2011) from Monash University.
In 2014, Dr Schumann was a visiting postdoctoral researcher at the Karolinska Institute and National Board of Forensic Medicine, Sweden, and the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Paris, supported by a Victoria Fellowship and an Australian French Association for Science and Technology Fellowship. She is a Chief Investigator on a current NHMRC Project Grant in collaboration with University of Sydney and has received a number of awards and travel grants in recognition of her research,
Dr Schumann is the Australian Project Leader of the “Toxicolist” project, a multi-national research venture in collaboration with the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, and the San Francisco County Medical Examiner’s Office, USA, and has a strong record of prior collaboration with researchers throughout the world. Dr Schumann is a member of numerous professional societies. She is Co-Editor of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) Bulletin and is a member of the Monash Addiction Research Centre.
She has published over 45 articles in the peer-reviewed literature and has presented her research at conferences throughout the world. She is a PhD supervisor and a scientific journal reviewer for some of the top ranked international journals in substance abuse and legal medicine. Her research has stimulated public debate, engaged media and been directly responsible for changes in Australian policy and practice.
Technical Operation Manager
Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) Limited
Kenepuru, Wellington, New Zealand
Matt holds a Bachelors degree in Chemistry and has been working in various roles within ESR over the last 18 years. He is currently the Operation Manager for the Toxicology, Blood Alcohol, Workplace Drug Testing and Pharmaceuticals groups within ESR.
He has given evidence in many criminal, coronial and family court cases in New Zealand and is an Approved Analyst under the New Zealand Land Transport Act.
He is a member of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) and is a board member of the Forensic and Clinical Toxicology Association of Australasia (FACTA).
Senior Forensic Scientist
Forensic Science SA
Michaela has been a Forensic Scientist within the Toxicology department of Forensic Science SA since 2006. She holds a Bachelor of Technology (Forensic and Analytical Chemistry) and Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Flinders University and is an approved analyst under the Road Traffic Act of South Australia. Michaela has presented evidence in District and Magistrate’s courts and given lectures on forensic toxicology to South Australian Police, external clients and the public.
Michaela has interests in post-mortem toxicology, particularly in relation to child death, and in the use of hair testing as evidence of drug exposure. She has presented at international conferences and supervised post-graduate students undertaking novel and applied research. Michaela has published in and peer-reviewed for scientific journals.
Michaela is a member of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT), the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS), the Society of Hair Testing (SOHT) and co-editor of the FACTA newsletter.