BSc Physical Science, University of Alberta
MSc Forensic Science, King’s College London
MRSC - Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
ACSFS - Associate Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
CSFS - Associate Member of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science
Following the completion of her first degree in Physical Science, Jessica went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Forensic Science from King’s College London in 2012.
The course dissertation was completed at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry where she conducted research on the validation of a DNA Methylation Assay for the identification of body fluid for forensic casework. During this time, Jessica gained extensive experience conducting DNA extraction, bisulfite treatment protocols, quantification, Pyrosequencing, and DNA profiling.
Jessica joined Hawkins HFS in 2015, specialising in fire and explosion investigation and agricultural cargo claims. Since joining the company, Jessica has been involved in investigating cargo liquefaction of nickel ore, which includes witnessing laboratory tests to determine the moisture content and flow point. Her most recent marine cases have included soybean/castor-meal/DDGS claims, and the investigation of container fires and misdeclared cargo. Jessica has also investigated domestic appliance fires, and has assisted in the materials characterisation of cargo samples and the chemical assessment of corrosion products.
In April 2016, Jessica successfully completed the Fire Science and Investigation course at the University of Edinburgh. She is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.