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Catarina holds a BSc in Forensic Science from the University Of Bedfordshire and a MSc in Forensic Medical Sciences from Queen Mary University Of London. 

 As her final project of the MSc program, Catarina studied the dissolution process of various MDMA tablets collected over a period of 20 years at TICTAC Communications Ltd. based at St. George's University Of London. The main objective of the project was to find out if the severe side-effects and overdoses are due to a higher concentration of active ingredients and/or due to their faster release into the system. 

 Catarina joined the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science in September 2018 to pursue a PhD in Forensic Chemistry. Her research project focus not only on the transfer and persistence of gunshot residue (GSR) but also on the characterisation of GSR particles and how its recovery affects the elemental and chemical composition, and the morphology of the materials. The study is also to investigate how GSR can affect and be affected by the donor substrates (for example fabrics), looking closely at the interaction of the particles during primary transfer and the damages caused by the particles and the traces left on the textiles. 


Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science

18 Sep 201718 Sep 2018

Award Date: 31 Oct 2018

Bachelor of Science, University of Bedfordshire

Sep 2014Jun 2017

Award Date: 29 Jun 2017

External positions

Research Student

May 2018Aug 2018


Aug 2017Sep 2017

Technical Services Assistant , University of Bedfordshire

Jan 2017May 2017

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    Gold Engage Watermark for Public Engagement

    Niamh Nic Daeid (Recipient), Michael Marra (Recipient), Heather Doran (Recipient), Roy Mudie (Recipient), Oluwasesan Adegoke (Recipient), Joyce Klu (Recipient), Emma Comrie (Recipient), Christian Cole (Recipient), Herve Menard (Recipient), Lucina Hackman (Recipient), Alexander Gray (Recipient), Magda Barros (Recipient), Lorna Dennison-Wilkins (Recipient), Veronika Dzetkulicová (Recipient), Virginie Galais (Recipient), Andrew Houston (Recipient), Keith Inman (Recipient), Aga Kuffel (Recipient), Oceane Laisney (Recipient), Catarina Sobreira (Recipient), Sean Yu (Recipient), Micol Zuppello (Recipient), Simon-Lewis Menzies (Recipient), Laura Daly (Recipient), Marj Davis (Recipient), Paul McFadyen (Recipient) & Loic De Carvalho (Recipient), 4 Dec 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    • 3 Public engagement and outreach - festival/exhibition
    • 2 Participation in conference
    • 1 Festival/Exhibition
    • 1 Schools engagement

    Three Act Robbery - Festival of the Future

    Heather Doran (Organiser), Catarina Sobreira (Host), Sunpatch Benjavongkulchai (Organiser), Caitlyn Norman (Organiser), Katie Larner (Organiser), Magda Barros (Organiser), Andrew Houston (Organiser), Andrew Brandon (Organiser), Aga Kuffel (Organiser), Valentina Panci (Organiser), Laura Daly (Organiser), Veronika Dzetkulicová (Organiser), Micol Zuppello (Organiser), Roy Mudie (Organiser)
    19 Oct 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - festival/exhibition


    Bio Dundee 2019

    Andrew Houston (Organiser), Catarina Sobreira (Organiser)
    21 May 201922 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    5th Scottish Student Forensic Research Symposium

    Catarina Sobreira (Organiser), Magda Barros (Organiser), Caitlyn Norman (Organiser)
    6 Nov 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Science Saturday: Forensic Science Family Day

    Heather Doran (Organiser), Rolf Black (Organiser), Christine Millar (Host), Lysbeth Antonides (Contributor), Craig McKenzie (Contributor), Catarina Sobreira (Contributor), Virginia Maria Donadeo (Contributor), Emma Comrie (Contributor), Magda Pereira De Barros (Contributor), Joyce Klu (Speaker), Roy Mudie (Speaker), Oluwasesan Adegoke (Speaker), Aga Kuffel (Contributor)
    23 Mar 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - festival/exhibition


    Sole Searching at Baldragon Academy

    Heather Doran (Host), Catarina Sobreira (Contributor)
    26 Mar 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesSchools engagement