DR Geraldine Dowling

Jt Lecturer



Dr Geraldine Dowling has held posts in various Irish government ISO17025 accredited laboratories for 12 years while working/studying in the field of analytical science in agencies such as The Marine Institute, Teagasc and The State Laboratory prior to entering academia. She has trained staff and students in analysis, method development, forensic case interpretation, method validation, casework reporting and accreditation within revenue, customs and toxicology fields as a  forensic practitioner in these fields. She is a trained expert witness. 

Dr Dowling is appointed as a  Lecturer in Forensic Science (teaching on the first accredited course by the UK Chartered Society of Forensic Science in Ireland) at the Institute of Technology Sligo since September 2017 and lectures and conducts research in forensic toxicology and other sub-disciplines of forensic science. Dr Dowling is an experienced researcher/practitioner and has expertise in analytical laboratory accreditation, forensic drug chemistry characterisation, online science education and has published over 65 articles  in the fields of forensic toxicology/drug chemistry/analytical science and in education pedagogy. 

 Dr Dowling holds a position as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin and a position as Honorary Lecturer at the Cameron Forensic Medical Sciences Centre, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at  Queen Mary University of London.  In addition Dr Dowling is a registered teacher of chemistry with the Teaching Council of Ireland and holds various digital badges from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Ireland.  Dr Dowling is a national badge facilitator  (training  professionals in Higher Education and in the Furthur Education sectors) in universal design for learning  and online teaching. She has a special interest in community based learning, mentoring new academic staff, incorporating research into undergraduate teaching and in harm reduction strategies regarding testing of drugs.
Furthurmore Dr Dowling is a forensic toxicologist in practice  and member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT) and The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) professional bodies. 
In 2019 Dr Dowling was elected onto the United Kingdom and Ireland Association of Forensic Toxicologists (UKIAFT) council which develops and sets professional standards of practice and education in forensic toxicology in Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and The Channel Islands. 
Dr Dowling is  also one of the founding members of the International Alliance of Clinical and Forensic Toxicologists (IACFT) professional body. Concurrently she is a member of national government working groups and committees regarding drug testing in Ireland and undertakes consultancy and court work.  

Dr Dowling completed a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours, Level 8), a Masters in Science (Analytical Toxicology, Level 9) in 2006, a Doctor of Philosophy (Analytical Toxicology, Level 10) degree in 2012 while working in government laboratories and a Postgraduate Diploma in Third Level Teaching and Learning (Level 9) in 2018.  Dr Dowling's research focuses  within the fields of  forensic toxicology, food safety,  nutrition,  education pedagogy and drug harm reduction strategies. In addition she is a trained yoga  and meditation teacher aswell as a pilates teacher.

Orcid: orcid.org/0000-0001-8344-6582
Teaching Blog: drdowlingprofessionaldevelopment.wordpress.com

Carlow Co. Council Award for Best Research Project (BSc 2001)
Scholarship: Walsh Fellowship (Research MSc using Mass Spectrometry in the disciplines of food safety and veterinary drug residues)·
Teagasc award for best student oral presentation on veterinary drug residues in animals (Research MSc 2006)·
Award for the best poster presentation at public health conference in University College Cork on veterinary drug residues (Research MSc 2006)·
Grant Award: Safe Food Training and Mobility Programme 2011 (Ph.D) for food safety, toxicology and veterinary drug residue analyses·
Grant Award: Safe Food 2012 (Ph.D)·
Scholarship: Irish Society of Toxicology Award 2012 (Ph.D) for implementing liquid chromatography mass spectroscopy into forensic toxicology laboratories·
Grant Award: Safe Food 2013 (post Ph.D)·
President Award IT Sligo 2018·
The International Society of Forensic Toxicologists Travel Award 2018