Tom is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic and Analytical Science at Sheffield Hallam University.
Tom was appointed to Sheffield Hallam University having spent some time working in New Zealand and London as a forensic toxicologist. He completed his PhD at the UK's World Anti Doping Agency accredited laboratory at King's College London, where he also gained an MSc in Forensic Science. He completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry with European Studies at the University of Sussex. He teaches analytical chemistry and forensic applications of this at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Tom has 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.
He is 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.
Tom teaches Analytical Chemistry and Forensic Science. He is 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.
FLINDERS, Bryn, BEASLEY, Emma, VERLAAN, Ricky M., CUYPERS, Eva, FRANCESE, Simona, BASSINDALE, Thomas, CLENCH, Malcolm and HEEREN, Ron 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, Alistair and BASSINDALE, Thomas (2017). An investigation into the effect of surveillance drones on textile evidence at crime scenes. Science & justice, 57 (5), 373-375.
BEASLEY, Emma, FRANCESE, Simona and BASSINDALE, Thomas (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.
MORGAN, Geraint, BASSINDALE, Thomas and PEARSE, Mark (2015). Encouraging innovation. In: Forensic science and beyond: authenticity, provenance and assurance - evidence and case studies. Government Office for Science, 174-178.
BUCKNALL, V, REHMAN, H, BASSINDALE, Thomas and CLEMENT, R G (2014). The athlete biological passport : ticket to a fair commonwealth games. Scottish Medical Journal, 59 (3), 143-148.
BASSINDALE, Thomas (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, Thomas (2011). Benzylpiperazine: the New Zealand legal perspective. Drug Testing and Analysis, 3 (7-8), 428-429.
BASSINDALE, Thomas and HOSKING, M (2011). Deaths in Rotorua's geothermal hot pools: hydrogen sulphide poisoning. Forensic Science International, 207 (1-3), e28-e29.
BASSINDALE, Thomas and 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.
GUTHERY, Bill, BASSINDALE, Thomas, BASSINDALE, Alan, PILLINGER, Colin T. and MORGAN, Geraint 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.
Emma Beasley - Imaging mass spectrometry and two dimensional chromatography of hair samples to detect drug use
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