Lata’s expertise lies in drugs and pharmaceutical analysis from different matrices using chromatography and mass spectrometry. She supervises research in forensic toxicology, environmental toxicology and drugs analysis.
Lata obtained a PhD in Forensic Science in 2007 from Anglia Ruskin University. Before taking up her current position, Lata was engaged in postdoctoral research in the Environmental Sciences Research Centre under our Millennium European Climate project. She also holds an MSc and BSc from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. She has worked in the Toxicology & Chemistry Unit and the Biology & Serology Unit at the National Forensic Science Laboratory, Nepal, where she analysed forensic case samples.
Lata’s areas of expertise and interest lie in drug binding to hair components (melanin, keratin), drug analysis of biological samples (blood, urine) and alternative matrices (hair, nail, saliva). She is interested in research work involving chromatographic, spectrometric and spectroscopic techniques.
Turner, A., Gautam, L., Moore, C. and Cole, M., 2014. Investigating the Terminology used to Describe Ecstasy. Drugs and Alcohol Today, 14, pp.235-244, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/DAT-07-2014-0029.
Richards, N., Hall, S., Harrison, N., Gautam, L., Scott, K., Dowling, G., Zorilla, I. and Fajardo, I., 2014. Merging Wildlife Monitoring Approaches and Forensic Principles: Application of Unconventional and Non-invasive Sampling in Eco-Pharmacovigilance. Journal of Forensic Research, 5(3). http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2157-7145.1000228.
Gautam L., Sharratt, S.D. and Cole, M.D., 2014. Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault: Detection and Stability of Benzodiazepines in Spiked Drinks. http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0089031.
Kuleya, C., Cole, M., Hall, S. and Gautam, L., 2014. An Optimised Gas Chromatographic and Mass Spectrometric Method for the Chemical Characterisation of Benzylpiperazine and 1-Arypiperazine Based Drugs. Analytical Methods, 6, pp.156-163. DOI: 10.1039/C3AY41020J.
Mewnesongole, E., Gautam, L.,Hall, H., Waterhouse, J. and Cole, M.D., 2013. Simultaneous Detection of Controlled Substances in Wastewater. Analytical Methods, 5, pp.3248-3254. DOI: 10.1039/C3AY40655E.
Waterhouse, J.S., Cheng, S., Julka, D., Loader, N., Mccarroll, D., Switsur, V.R. and Gautam, L., 2013. Position-Specific Measurement of Oxygen Isotope Ratios: Isotopic Exchange during Heterotrophic Cellulose. Synthesis. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 112, pp.178-191. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2013.02.021.
Gautam, L., Shanmuganathan, A., and Cole M.D., 2013. Forensic Analysis of Cathinones. Forensic Science Review, 25(1/2), pp.47-64.
Gautam, L. and Cole. M.D., 2013. Hair Analysis in Forensic Toxicology. Forensic Magazine, online publication: http://www.forensicmag.com/articles/2013/09/hair-analysis-forensic-toxicology, 3 September 2013.
Gautam, L., Pathak, R., Danlami, S. H. and Cole M.D., 2013. Entomotoxicolgy: Alternative Matrices for Forensic Toxicology. Forensic Magazine, online publication: http://www.forensicmag.com/articles/2013/08/entomotoxicology-alternative-matrices-forensic-toxicology, 6 August 2013.
Gautam, L., Newland, C. and Cole, M.D., 2013. Drugs from Unusual Matrices: Using Bone Tissue as a Forensic Toxicology Specimen. Forensic Magazine, online publication: http://www.forensicmag.com/articles/2013/07/drugs-unusual-matrices-using-bone-tissue-forensic-toxicology-specimen, 3 July 2013.
Gautam, L. and Cole, M.D., 2013. Drink Speaks the Truth: Forensic Investigation of Drug Facilitated Sexual Assaults. Forensic Magazine, online publication: http://www.forensicmag.com/articles/2013/06/drink-speaks-truth-forensic-investigation-drug-facilitated-sexual-assaults, 20 June 2013.
Mwenesongole, E., Gautam, L., Hall, S. and Emmett, T., 2012. Estimating Community Drug Usage Patterns by the Analysis of Waste Water. SPARC 2011 proceedings. ISBN: 978 1-4717-0493-2.
Vaughan, B.R., Gautam, L. and Cole, M.D., 2010. Cell Based Assays for In Vitro Drug Toxicity Screening. TIAFT Bulletin, 40(2), pp.14-18.
Gautam, L. and Satyal, P., 2013. Resource Sustainability in Analytical Chemistry: The Case of Forensic Toxicology, EuroANALYSIS, 28 August 2013, Warsaw, Poland.
Mwenesongole, E., Gautam, L., Hall, S. and Waterhouse, J., 2013. The Detection of Emerging Drugs of Abuse in Wastewater using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry. EuroANALYSIS, 27 August 2013.
White, G., Hall, G. and Gautam, L., 2012. Improvements to Sampling and Instrumentation for Fire Debris Analysis Using Tenax TA® and ATD-GC-MS. European Association of Forensic Science (EAFS) Conference, The Hague, Netherlands.
Akmoutsou, P. Pathak, R. and Gautam, L., 2012. Detection of Paracetamol in the Blowfly Calliphora vomitoria and Effects on its Growth Rate. Indian Association of Medico-Legal Experts: Internal Conference on Current Trends in Forensic Sciences, Forenisc Medicine and Toxicology (IAMLE) Conference, Jaipur, India.
Gautam, L. and Sharratt, S., 2012. Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry Analysis of Benzodiazepines in Spiked Drinks under Different Storage Conditions. The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) Conference, San Francisco, USA.
Gautam, L., Vaughan, B. and Cole, M., 2011. Investigation into the Stability and Storage Conditions for Benzylpiperazine (BZP) for Chemical Impurity Profiling. American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS) Conference, Chicago, USA.
Vaughan, B., Gautam, L. and Cole, M., 2011. An Investigation into the Cellular Cytotoxicity of Benzylpiperazine (BZP) and its Derivatives. AAFS Conference, Chicago, USA.