Contact Dr Hannah Moore
- Tel: +44 (0) 1793 314522
- Email: H.E.Moore@cranfield.ac.uk
Hannah joined Cranfield University as a lecturer in December 2016. Hannah completed her BSc (Dual Hons) in Chemistry and Forensic Science before going on to her PhD in Analytical Chemistry applied to Forensic Entomology at Keele University. Hannah then spent a few years in industry specialising in Mass Spectrometry. During her PhD, Hannah was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship, allowing her to travel and study with leading forensic entomologists and analytical chemists in the USA.
Hannah’s research interests lie heavily within the field of forensic entomology, specialising in cuticular hydrocarbons of forensically important insect species. The extracted hydrocarbons are analysed using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and the data from the chromatogram can then be subjected to statistical analysis in the form of Principal Component Analysis (PCA) or Artificial Neural Networks (ANN). The chemical profiles of the insects allow for identification (as all insects have a “fingerprint”, species-specific hydrocarbon profile) as well as the age, enabling minimum Post Mortem Intervals (PMImin) to be calculated.
Hannah also has interest in investigating the use of portable analytical techniques to aid rapid analysis of drugs and explosives in the field.
Hannah is the joint Director of the Forensic Programme and the joint Course Director for the Forensic Investigation MSc.
Hannah is a reporting forensic entomologist (one of only two in the UK) which enables her teaching to be research and operationally led. She also attends court as an expert witness.
Hannah collaborates with the numerous Universities throughout the UK as well as Europe and America and also the Natural History Museum, Alecto Forensics and the Metropolitan Police.
Articles In Journals
- Kula C, Amendt J, Drijfhout FP & Moore HE (2022) Geographical variation of cuticular hydrocarbon profiles of adult flies and empty puparia amongst three populations of Calliphora vicina (Diptera: Calliphoridae), Journal of Medical Entomology, tjac167.
- Moore H, Lutz L, Bernhardt V, Drijfhout FP, Cody RB & Amendt J (2022) Cuticular hydrocarbons for the identification and geographic assignment of empty puparia of forensically important flies, International Journal of Legal Medicine, 136 (6) 1791-1800.
- Cody RB, Sparkman OD & Moore H (2022) Creating a searchable chromatographic database with the NIST mass spectral search program, Journal of The American Society for Mass Spectrometry, Available online 9 March 2022 (4).
- Nur Aliah NA, Ab-Rahim S, Moore HE & Heo CC (2021) Juvenile hormone: production, regulation, current application in vector control and its future applications, Tropical Biomedicine, 38 (3) 254-264.
- Moore HE, Hall MJR, Drijfhout FP, Cody RB & Whitmore D (2021) Cuticular hydrocarbons for identifying Sarcophagidae (Diptera), Scientific Reports, 11 (1) Article No. 7732. Dataset/s: 10.1038/s41598-021-87221-y
- Moore HE, Butcher JB, Day CR & Drijfhout FP (2017) Adult fly age estimations using cuticular hydrocarbons and Artificial Neural Networks in forensically important Calliphoridae species, Forensic Science International, 280 (November) 233-244.
- Moore HE, Pechal JL, Benbow ME & Drijfhout FP (2017) The potential use of cuticular hydrocarbons and multivariate analysis to age empty puparial cases of Calliphora vicina and Lucilia sericata, Scientific Reports, 7 (1) Article No. 1933.
- Moore HE & Shemilt S (2017) Cuticular hydrocarbon analysis in forensic entomology: a review, Archaeological and Environmental Forensic Science, 1 (2) 127-138.
- Moore HE, Butcher JB, Adam CD, Day CR & Falko PD (2016) Age estimation of Calliphora (Diptera: Calliphoridae) larvae using cuticular hydrocarbon analysis and Artificial Neural Networks, Forensic Science International, 268 (November) 81-91.
- Musah RA, Espinoza EO, Cody RB, Lesiak AD, Christensen ED, Moore HE, Maleknia S & Drijfhout FP (2015) A High Throughput Ambient Mass Spectrometric Approach to Species Identification and Classification from Chemical Fingerprint Signatures, Scientific Reports, 5 (1) Article No. 11520.
- Pechal JL, Moore HE, Drijfhout F & Benbow ME (2014) Hydrocarbon profiles throughout adult Calliphoridae aging: A promising tool for forensic entomology, Forensic Science International, 245 65-71.
- Moore HE, Adam CD & Drijfhout FP (2014) Identifying 1st instar larvae for three forensically important blowfly species using “fingerprint” cuticular hydrocarbon analysis, Forensic Science International, 240 48-53.
- Moore HE, Adam CD & Drijfhout FP (2013) Potential use of hydrocarbons for aging Lucilia sericata blowfly larvae to establish the postmortem interval, Journal of Forensic Sciences, 58 (2) 404-412.
- Butcher JB, Moore HE, Day CR, Adam CD & Drijfhout FP (2013) Artificial neural network analysis of hydrocarbon profiles for the ageing of Lucilia sericata for post mortem interval estimation, Forensic Science International, 232 (1-3) 25-31.
- Moore HE & Drijfhout FP (2015) Surface Hydrocarbons as min-PMI Indicators. Fit for Purpose?. In: Forensic Entomology: International Dimensions and Frontiers. Jeffery Keith Tomberlin, M. Eric Benbow (ed.), Boca Raton, FL: CRC, p. 361-379. Dataset/s: DOI: 10.1201/b18156-34