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Academic Biography

Gillian Taylor is currently a Principal Lecturer - National Horizons Centre - Operational Management in the School of Health and Life Sciences, Teesside University. 

Gillian is the module leader for Analytical Techniques, Forensic Analytical Chemistry and Drugs and Toxicogy.

Before coming to Teesside Gillian studied at Newcastle University and was a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany.  Gillian has published in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters on a range of subjects from archaeological chemistry, analytical chemistry and stable isotope analysis

Summary of Research Interests

Gillian's main research areas focus is the development of analytical techniques towards forensic and archaeological applications. Gillian has published and collbaorated with local, national and international partners in peer reviewed journal of international quality.

Gillian's expertise and interest include:- 

  • Volatile organic compounds - using SPME coupled with GC-MS
  • Preservation processes - chemical and microbiological
  • Decomposition in aerobic and anaerobic environments
  • Mass spectrometry method development
  • Elemental analysis of soil
  • Image analysis


Research Projects & External Funding

1. Preservation processes - Vindolanda

Gillian is the director of studies to three PhD students involved in collbaorative projects with The Vindolanda Trust. These projects investigate chemical and microbiological influences on the preservation of artefacts, mainly bone, leather and textiles.

2. Volatile Organic Compounds - preterm infants

Gillian is involved with collaborative projects with Royal Victoria Infirmary - Newcastle and Northumbria University to study the organic compounds from healthy and thos suffeering from NEC.

3. Volatile Organic Compounds - Marine

 Gillian works with colleagues to investigate changes in volatile organic compounds between healthy and disease marine species

4. Drug Identification

Gillian works with external partners and collaborators to support th identification of drugs through the use of gas chromatography mass spectrometry

PhD and Research Opportunities

Gillian is currenty the Director of Studies to three PhD students and involves in other supervisory teams.

Please contact for discussion of PhD opportunities

External Roles and Professional Activities

Gillian has acted as an external examiner for other academic institutions for science programmes, from level 3 to 7. 

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Gillian is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Enterprise Interest and Activities

Gillian has worked with a range of local industrial collaborators towards method development, especially with gas chromatography mass spectrometry for the measurement of small molecules.


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