Dr Dimitri Gerostamoulos
Head of Forensic Science & Chief Toxicologist,
Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine Melbourne, Australia
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).
Forensic Toxicology, Forensic and Scientific Services Health Support Queensland
Department of Health Queensland Government, Brisbane, Australia
Mark graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemistry. He is currently the Team Leader of the Forensic Toxicology Section in Qld Health, with nearly 30 years experience in this area. Prior to that he worked in research in the field of radioactive waste encapsulation and disposal.
He is an appointed State Analyst under the Transport Operations Road Users Management Act of Qld and has given evidence in many court cases and coronial inquests. His current interests are the application of laboratory automation and legislative review to help improve laboratory efficiency.
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).
Dr Jennifer Pilgrim
Senior Research Fellow
Head, Drug Harm Prevention Unit
Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
Dr Jennifer Pilgrim is a forensic pharmacologist and toxicologist, with over 10 years’ experience interpreting the involvement of alcohol and other drugs in death. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Pharmacology (2006) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Forensic Medicine (2011) from Monash University. Her research interests include drug abuse, inappropriate prescribing, drug interactions and pharmacogenetics.
In 2014, Dr Pilgrim 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. Dr Pilgrim 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. She is also Forensic Lead on the national DEADSet (Deaths in Emergencies and Accidents DataSet) project based in Australia. She is a PhD supervisor, a scientific journal reviewer and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash University’s Department of Forensic Medicine.
Dr Pilgrim is a member of numerous professional societies and holds executive committee roles in the Australian French Association for Science & Technology, and the Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct Early Medical Career Researchers. She is also Co-Editor of the TIAFT Bulletin.
Dr Pilgrim has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature and presented her research around the world. Her research has stimulated public debate, engaged media and been directly responsible for changes in Australian policy and practice, including the rescheduling of codeine-containing medicines and the introduction of jurisdictional legislation for one-punch assaults.
Forensic Science Service Tasmania,
New Town, Australia
Miriam graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from University of Tasmania in 1997. She was accredited with the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy from 2003 to 2008, which enabled her to conduct medication reviews within nursing homes and the community. Miriam commenced worked at Forensic Science Service Tasmania in 2008, and became the Manager of Toxicology in 2011. Miriam obtained a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Studies in Forensic Science from the University of Canberra in 2013, which was comprised of wholly forensic toxicology subjects. She is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Arts with Professional Honours through the University of Tasmania.
Miriam is registered as a pharmacist with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency), she is a member of Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA), a current board member of the Forensic and Clinical Toxicology Association of Australasia (FACTA), a member of the Australia and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS), and a member of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) – for which she is a regional Bulletin editor. Miriam is an approved assessor for the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) in Forensic Toxicology.
Miriam is an approved analyst under the Tasmanian Road Safety (Alcohol and Drugs Act) 1970, and the Marine Safety (Misuse of Alcohol) Act 2006 and has given expert evidence in over 70 court cases within Magistrates, Supreme and Coroners Courts. Miriam has previously been involved with providing training about forensic toxicology, and the effects of alcohol and drugs to Police, prosecutors, defence lawyers, magistrates, Coroners, forensic pathologists, forensic toxicologists, medical doctors, school students, pharmacy students and pharmacists.