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.
English, Nepali and Hindi.
Lata is a member of our Forensic & Investigative Sciences Research Group.
Royal Society of Chemistry school engagement project 2017 (£2000) for Applying chemistry to solve crimes.
Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Scholarship (Analytical Trust Fund) 2018 (£5000) - Capacity building on forensic toxicology and drugs chemistry in Nepal.
RFO (Research Funding Observatory, ARU) 2018 (£1000) – workshop in Nepal for public awareness about drug facilitated sexual assault.
Enterprising academics funding from RDCS, ARU (£5000) and match funding from faculty in 2014 for a pilot study in buffaloes welfare in Nepal.
Investigation into the detection and recovery of fragrances. Royal Society of Chemistry, Analytical Trust Fund for summer internship £1400, 2012.
Accredited, bite sized learning to upskill chemical industry employees, funded by National HE STEM programme, £31950 (with High skills at work, ARU).
Teaching chemical criminalistics in University of Linkoping (February 2015 - £2200 and February 2016 - £2739).
Consultancy for PCL Ceramics, King’s Lynn. Ceramic Water Filter for performance Testing, 2011, £5500.
Short Course on Drugs and Toxicology to a team from Kuwait (14th-18th February 2011).
Second Best Poster Prize - Dawkins, L., Gautam, L., Bandey, H.L. and Ferguson, L., 2016. If only the walls could talk-can fingermarks provide the answers? 2nd International Conference by the European Division of the International Association of Human Identification, Interpol HQ, Lyon, France, 2016.
Third Poster Prize - Mansour, Y., Guy, G. and Gautam, L., 2013. Ketamine presumptive test as a new method in forensic analysis. FORREST Conference, 2013.
PVC Award - Mwenesongole, E., Gautam, L., Hall, S. and Emmett, T., 2011. Estimating community drug usage patterns by the analysis of wastewater. Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference, UK, 2011.
First Poster Prize - De Kat, D., and Gautam, L., 2010. The extraction and identification of GHB in alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages using GC-MS. FORREST Conferences, 2010, UK.
Grela, A., Gautam, L., and Cole M.D., 2018. A Multifactorial Critical Appraisal of Substances Found in Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault cases. Forensic Science International, doi: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2018.08.034. [Epub ahead of print]
Cole, M.D., Grela, A. and Gautam, L., 2018. Xanax: How Does it Work and What are the Side Effects? The Conversation. Read the full text.
Peng, Y., Hall, S. and Gautam, L., 2016. Drugs of Abuse in Drinking Water – A Review of Current Detection Methods, Occurrence, Elimination and Health Risks. Trends in Analytical Chemistry, [e-journal] 85 (C), pp.232-240. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.trac.2016.09.011.
White, G., Hall, G., and Gautam, L., 2016. The Development of a Novel Adsorbent for Collecting Ignitable Liquid Residues from a Fire Scene. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, doi: 10.1016/j.jaap.2016.09.012.
Griffith, C.E, Bohora, A., and Gautam, L., 2016. An Insight into Legal Highs: Pattern of Abuse and Implications. Narcotics Control Bureau Magazine, Kathmandu, Nepal. Read the full text.
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.
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, 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., Grela, A., and Cole, M.D., 2018. Simultaneous Detection of Drugs Associated with Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault Using Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry. The International Association of Forensic Toxicologist conference, Ghent, Belgium.
Gautam, L., 2018. Raising Awareness about Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault. A talk programme organised by the UNESCO Associated Schools Cooperation Council, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Gautam, L., 2018. Unique challenge: Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault. 16th Bigyan Chautari organised by Annapurna Research Centre Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Marshall, S., Tomova. B, Gautam, L., 2018. Method Optimisation for the Simultanous Detection of Extractables and Leachables by GC-MS. Emerging Analytical Professionals Conference organised Royal Society of Chemistry, Knutsford. UK.
Facey, E., Tomova. B, Gautam, L., 2018. Forceful Degradation of Polymer Additives Analysed by GC-MS and HPLC-DAD. Emerging Analytical Professionals Conference organised Royal Society of Chemistry, Knutsford, UK.
Gautam, L. and Pathak, R. 2017. Usefulness of hair analysis in Forensic Science. 20th HairS’ conference, 7th September 2017, Dresden, Germany.
Gautam, L., 2017. Importance of Alternative Sample Analysis in Forensic Investigation of Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault. First International Forensic Conference, Kuwait.
Peng, Y., Hall, S and Gautam, L., 2016. Detection of Drugs of Abuse and Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water. Environmental Pollution and Public Health conference, China.
Hall, S., Gautam, L., and White, G., 2015. A Novel Adsorbent for the Recovery and Positive Identification of Ignitable Liquids Using GC-MS-ATD. EuroAnalysis, Bordeaux, France.
Gautam, L., and Popilec, K., 2015. Gas Chromatographic - Mass Spectrometric Analysis of Desomorphine, Heroin, Codeine, Desocodeine and Morphine. EuroAnalysis, Bordeaux, France.
Gautam, L., Spiked Beverage Analysis in Drug Facilitated Sexual Assaults. UKIAFT meeting, 2015, LGC Teddington, UK.
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.
July 2018, several media outlets including BBC News Nepali Service and News 24 Nepal about drugs facilitated sexual assault cases in Nepal.
January 2018, several media outlets including ABC TV, Our Health Programme, Kantipur Saptahik, and Nepal Live for public awareness about drug facilitated sexual assault cases and sample types that should be analysed by forensic science laboratories.
December 2017, Understanding Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault Sunday Guardian Live, India