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Dr Thomas Bassindale BSc, PhD, FHEA

Principal Lecturer in Forensic and Analytical Science. Professional Lead, Chemistry and Forensic Science


I am a Principal Lecturer in Forensic and Analytical Science at Sheffield Hallam University. I am the professional lead for chemistry and forensic science. I teach analytical chemistry on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. 


I was appointed to Sheffield Hallam University having spent some time working in New Zealand and London as a forensic toxicologist. I completed my PhD at the UK's World Anti Doping Agency accredited laboratory at King's College London, where I also gained an MSc in Forensic Science. I completed my undergraduate degree in chemistry with European Studies at the University of Sussex. I teach analytical chemistry and forensic applications of this at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

I have published a number of peer reviewed articles in the area of forensic science and doping control, also co-writing two book chapters: "Encouraging Innovation" in "Forensic Science and Beyond: Authenticity, Provenance and Innovation" (the Second Annual Report of the Government Chief Scientific Advisor 2015) and "Illicit Drugs and Toxicology" in "Expert Evidence" by Ian Freckleton and Hugh Selby, published in 2010 by Thomson Reuters.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.


I teach analytical chemistry and forensic science. I am also Course Leader for MSc Analytical Chemistry and MSc Pharmaceutical Analysis.


Sports drug testing

Using mass spectrometry to investigate metabolism and excretion of doping compounds. New compounds used to help aid performance (legally or illicitly) are emerging all of the time. These substances have often not been fully tested or evaluated either for their safety or how they are processed by the body. Studies can help to determine the pharmacokinetics of these drugs and provide the athletes with knowledge of their profiles.

A large and continuing problem is that of failed drugs tests due to either mislabelled or contaminated supplements. Supplements can be analysed using novel methods to determine the presence of contaminants or compounds which may lead to a failed doping control test.

Forensic toxicology and hair testing

Developing new methods for the detection of drugs and poisons in biological specimens. Alternative matrices such as hair samples are being used more routinely for drugs analysis over blood samples and these are of great interest due to their non-invasive nature. Hair can provide additional information also, such as the drug use history of an individual stretching back for months.

Forensic cases from children in houses being used as methamphetamine laboratories through to potential drink spiking 'date rape' or pre-work place drug screening scenarios use hair testing for court evidential purposes.


Journal articles

Bassindale, T., LeSuer, R., & Smith, D. (2021). Perceptions of a program approach to virtual laboratory provision for analytical and bioanalytical sciences. The Journal of Forensic Science Education, 3 (1).

Hand, R.A., Bassindale, T., Turner, N., & Morgan, G. (2021). Application of Comprehensive 2D Chromatography in the Anti-Doping Field: Sample Identification and Quantification. Journal of Chromatography B, 122584.

Hand, R.A., Piletska, E., Bassindale, T., Morgan, G., & Turner, N. (2020). Application of molecularly imprinted polymers in the anti-doping field: sample purification and compound analysis. Analyst, 145 (14), 4716-4736.

Flinders, B., Beasley, E., Verlaan, R.M., Cuypers, E., Francese, S., Bassindale, T., ... Heeren, R.M.A. (2017). Optimization of sample preparation and instrumental parameters for the rapid analysis of drugs of abuse in hair samples by MALDI-MS/MS imaging. Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, 28 (11), 2462-2468.

Bucknell, A., & Bassindale, T. (2017). An investigation into the effect of surveillance drones on textile evidence at crime scenes. Science & justice, 57 (5), 373-375.

Beasley, E., Francese, S., & Bassindale, T. (2016). Detection and mapping of Cannabinoids in single hair samples through rapid derivatization- Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Mass Spectrometry. Analytical Chemistry, 88 (20), 10328-10334.

Bucknall, V., Rehman, H., Bassindale, T., & Clement, R.G. (2014). The athlete biological passport : ticket to a fair commonwealth games. Scottish Medical Journal, 59 (3), 143-148.

Bassindale, T. (2012). Quantitative analysis of methamphetamine in hair of children removed from clandestine laboratories - evidence of passive exposure? Forensic Science International, 219 (1-3), 179-182.

Bassindale, T., & Berezowski, R. (2011). Quantitative analysis of hair samples for 1-benzylpiperazine (BZP) using high-performance liquid chromatography triple quadrupole mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) detection. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 401 (6), 2013-2017.

Bassindale, T. (2011). Benzylpiperazine: the New Zealand legal perspective. Drug Testing and Analysis, 3 (7-8), 428-429.

Bassindale, T., & Hosking, M. (2011). Deaths in Rotorua's geothermal hot pools: hydrogen sulphide poisoning. Forensic Science International, 207 (1-3), e28-e29.

Guthery, B., Bassindale, T., Bassindale, A., Pillinger, C.T., & Morgan, G.H. (2010). Qualitative drug analysis of hair extracts by comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatographytime-of-flight mass spectrometry. Journal of Chromatography A, 1217 (26), 4402-4410.

Lucas, N., Fitzmaurice, P.S., & Bassindale, T. (2008). Letting your hair down with party pills. Chemistry in New Zealand, 72 (4), pp 144-145.

Bassindale, T., Cowan, D.A., Dale, S., Hutt, A.J., Leeds, A.R., Wheeler, M.J., & Kicman, A.T. (2004). Effects of oral administration of androstenedione on plasma androgens in young women using hormonal contraception. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 89 (12), 6030-6038.

Kicman, A.T., Bassindale, T., Cowan, D.A., Dale, S., Hutt, A.J., & Leeds, A.R. (2003). Effect of androstenedione ingestion on plasma testosterone in young women; a dietary supplement with potential health risks. Clinical Chemistry, 49 (1), 167-169.

Conference papers

Bassindale, T., Cowan, D.A., Dale, S., Hutt, A.J., & Kicman, A.T. (2002). Disposition of Androstenedione and Testosterone Following Oral Administration of Androstenedione to Healthy Female Volunteers; Influence on the Urinary T/E Ratio. In Schanzer, W., Geyer, H., Gotzmann, A., & Mareck, U. (Eds.) Manfred Donike Workshop - 20th Cologne Workshop on Dope Analysis 2002, Koln, (pp. 51-60). Sport und Buch Strauß - Köln

Book chapters

Flinders, B., Bassindale, T., & Heeren, R.M.A. (2019). Recent technological developments in MALDI-MSI based hair analysis. In Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications. (pp. 133-149).

Morgan, G., Bassindale, T., & Pearse, M. (2015). Encouraging innovation. In Forensic science and beyond: authenticity, provenance and assurance - evidence and case studies. (pp. 174-178). Government Office for Science:

Bassindale, T., Coxon, A., & Russell, S. (2010). Chapter 70Illicit drugs and toxicology. In Expert Evidence Law, Practice, Procedure and Advocacy. (Volume 4). Thomson Reuters

Theses / Dissertations

Beasley, E. (2018). Detection and Mapping of Cannabis Use in Hair Samples Using Mass Spectrometry. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Bassindale, T.

Postgraduate supervision


Emma Beasley - Imaging mass spectrometry and two dimensional chromatography of hair samples to detect drug use (2015-2018)

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