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Year 1 PhD student with the research project title 'Chemical characterisation of new psychoactive substances (NPS) and investigation of their long-term health implications on human health and wellbeing'. During my first six months at the University of Dundee, I have gotten to grips with the general way of PhD life, literature searching and reading and attendance of OPD skills workshops. In terms of practical work, I have gained experience of working with GC-MS and analysis of results, drug metabolomics work and Raman spectrometry. Over the next 6 months I hope to develop skills in drug synthesis, NIR and metabolomics data processing to determine which metabolites are formed during phase 1 and phase 2 metabolism of NPS compounds. 

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, University of Glasgow

1 Sep 20151 Aug 2016

Bachelor of Science, Abertay University

1 Sep 20119 Jul 2015


  • QD Chemistry
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • drug metabolism
  • new psychoactive substances
  • NPS
  • legal highs
  • liquid chromatography
  • psychoactivity
  • receptor binding assay
  • chemical analysis

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Research Output 2017 2018

  • 12 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 2 Article
5 Citations (Scopus)
107 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Drug Users
Opioid Analgesics
7 Citations (Scopus)

Toxicological findings in driver and motorcyclist fatalities in Scotland 2012-2015

Hamnett, H., Ilett, M., Izzati, F., Smith, S. S. & Watson, K. H., May 2017, In : Forensic Science International. 274, p. 22-26 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Motor Vehicles
Opiate Alkaloids

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Invited talk

Exploring the challenges with Novel Psychoactive Substances

Shannah Smith (Participant)
3 Mar 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

RGU Analytical Science career fair 2017

Shannah Smith (Speaker)
10 Mar 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk