Dr John MacLachlan is the Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation programme at GCU. His teaching, research and consultancy work reflects his main areas of expertise which are based on the development and application of analytical chemistry to clinical/biological and environmental/forensic problems. Specifically, he has considerable experience in GC-MS, LC-MS and related chromatographic/spectrometric techniques. The main applications include pharmaceuticals, pesticide residues, dioxin/PCBs and assorted micro-pollutant analyses in environmental matrices such as water, soil and the biosphere; trace analysis of drugs, biogenic and xenobiotic metabolites in human body fluids and pharmaceutical/drug formulations; and the analysis of environmental pollutants (e.g. VOCs, dust, inorganics) in the atmosphere (indoor and outdoor). Some recent projects include, noPILLS (EU, INERREG) (Pharmaceutical Input and Elimination from Local Sources). This is the analysis of pharmaceuticals from waste water and ground waters; biomarkers in human neurological disease with St. Georges Hospital, University of London; collaboration with the University of Bristol using LC-MS analysis of morphine and metabolites in the study of alcohol related addiction studies in mice.
John has 5 successful PhD supervisions and two current PhD supervisions and conducted many internal and external examinations for PhD and MPhil vivas. He is actively networked with professional bodies in particular the Royal Society of Chemistry (as a committee member and past Chair in the Analytical Division (Scotland Region) and past Chair of the Toxicology Group of the RSC. He is also a member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.
John heads a consultancy called Caledonian Advanced Microscopy and Analytical Services (CAMAS) in association with the Forensic Analysis labs. Typical activities are expert witness forensic cases, and other analytical chemistry work in the oil/gas industry, pharmaceuticals and other materials.