Dr Lorna Nisbet

Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Biomedical and Forensic Science

Location: Cambridge

Lorna's research interests lie within the field of forensic toxicology, specialising in the detection of new psychoactive substances in biological matrices.

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lorna.nisbet@anglia.ac.uk

Background

Lorna obtained her BSc (Hons) in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, before completing her MSc in Forensic Toxicology at the University of Glasgow. Lorna then went on to obtain her PhD in Forensic Toxicology at the University of Glasgow under the supervision of Dr Karen S. Scott and Dr Fiona M. Wylie focusing on the detection of new psychoactive substances in biological matrices. As part of her PhD Lorna spent 15 months carrying out research at the Fredric Rieders Family Foundation in Philadelphia, USA. Whilst in Philadelphia Lorna also taught at Arcadia University. Lorna joined ARU in April 2016

Research interests

  • Forensic toxicology
  • New psychoactive substances
  • Alternative matrice
  • Work place drug testing

Teaching

  • Chemical principles
  • Drugs and Poisons

Qualifications

  • PhD, Forensic Toxicology – University of Glasgow (2015)
  • MSc, Forensic Toxicology – University of Glasgow (2010)
  • BSc (hons.), Forensic and Analytical Chemistry- Strathclyde University (2009)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Society of Forensic Toxicology
  • American Academy of Forensic Science
  • United Kingdom and Ireland Association of Forensic Toxicologists
  • Royal Society of Chemistry

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • SOFT ERA award (October 2016) - $2000 - Optimisation of a GC-MS method for the quantitative identification of 23 New Psychoactive Substances in blood and urine
  • FSF Student Scholarship Award (2014) - Comparison of Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) and Supported Liquid Extraction (SLE) Columns for the Extraction of 23 Novel Psychoactive Substances from Blood and Urine
  • UCT’S Excellence in SPE award (October 2014) - Short-Term Stability of Mephedrone in Blood and the Impact of Storage Conditions on Concentrations Detected by GC/MS
  • United Kingdom & Ireland Association of Forensic Toxicologist Student Analytical Methods Poster Prize (September 2014) Optimization of Derivatisation for New Psychoactive Substances (Cathinone’s and NBOMe’s)
  • Academy of Forensic Science Annual Meeting Toxicology Section Best Poster Award (February 2014) - $1000 Short-Term Stability of Mephedrone in Blood and the Impact of Storage Conditions on Concentrations Detected by GC/MS
  • United Kingdom & Ireland Association of Forensic Toxicologist Student Analytical Methods Poster Prize (September 2010) In-Vitro Conversion Between GHB, GBL & 1,4-BD

Recent presentations and conferences

  • Lorna A Nisbet, and Karen S Scott: Comparison of SPE cartridges for the extraction of 25 new psychoactive substances, Society of Forensic Toxicology (SOFT) - Orlando, October 2014.
  • Lorna A Nisbet, Jakub Klobut and Karen S Scott: Optimization of derivatization for new psychoactive substances (cathinones & NBOMe’s) United Kingdom and Ireland Association of Forensic Toxicology (UKIAFT)-Leicester, September 2014.
  • Lorna A Nisbet, Fiona M Wylie and Karen S Scott: Short term stability of mephedrone in blood and the impact of storage conditions on concentrations detected by GC-MS, American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS)- Seattle, February 2014.
  • Lorna A Nisbet, and Karen S Scott: Comparison of SPE cartridges for the extraction of 25 new psychoactive substances, Society of Forensic Toxicology (SOFT) - Orlando, October 2014.
  • Lorna A Nisbet, Rafael Venson, Fiona M Wylie and Karen S Scott: Analysis and detection of 25B, 25C and 25I-NBOMe in rat hair using SPE/LE/MSMS, SOFT- Atlanta, October 2015.
  • Lorna A Nisbet, and Karen S Scott: Comparison of SPE and SLE columns for the extraction of 23 novel psychoactive substances from blood and urine, AAFS- Orlando, February 2015.
  • Lorna A Nisbet, and Karen S Scott: Comparison of SPE cartridges for the extraction of 25 new psychoactive substances, UKIAFT- Leicester, September 2014.
  • Sample preparation using SPE and SLE: Advantages, disadvantages and Practical Applications, SOFT- Atlanta, October 2015