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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

Bachelor of Science, University of Bedfordshire

Sep 2014Jun 2017

External positions

Research Student

May 2018Aug 2018


Aug 2017Sep 2017

Technical Services Assistant , University of Bedfordshire

Jan 2017May 2017

Activities 2018 2019

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

Bio Dundee 2019

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

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Science Saturday: Family Fun Day with Women in STEM Women's Festival Dundee

Christine Millar (Host), Heather Doran (Organiser), Rolf Black (Organiser), Amy Rogers (Organiser), Amy Cameron (Organiser), Catarina Sobreira (Contributor), Bethany Coull (Contributor), Daniella Cavellini (Contributor), Shobna Vasishta (Contributor), Amy Learmonth (Contributor), Simone Altmann (Contributor), Ruth Hamilton (Contributor), Carmen Escudero-Martinez (Contributor), Julie Kovarova (Contributor), Anna Trenaman (Contributor), Alice Dawson (Contributor), Nicola Morrice (Contributor)
2 Mar 2019

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


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

Glasgow Science Centre, Citizen Forensic Science

Herve Menard (Contributor), Alexander Gray (Contributor), Aga Kuffel (Contributor), Roy Mudie (Contributor), Lysbeth Antonides (Contributor), Catarina Sobreira (Contributor)
11 Oct 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesFestival/Exhibition