Tamsin Kelly

PhD, Separations of Morphine and Methadone Related Analytes in Human Hair by Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry and Capillary Electrophoresis


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Dr Tamsin Kelly completed a PhD in forensic toxicology at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in 2004 before undertaking a two year post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in Baltimore (USA). Her post-doctoral research involved the development of a liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS-MS) method for the identification and quantification of novel methamphetamine and amphetamine related markers in meconium.

Tamsin has had extensive experience in the development of analytical methods (such as LC-MS-MS and capillary electrophoresis (CE)) for the detection of drugs in various biological specimens, including plasma, urine, hair, dried blood spots and meconium. She was also a member of the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Drug Testing team at the Australian Sports Drug Testing Laboratory (Pymble, NSW).

Following an appointment as Lecturer/Course Coordinator of Forensic and Analytical Chemistry at Curtin University of Technology (2006 – 2009), Tamsin relocated to University of Canberra within Forensic Studies and the National Centre for Forensic Studies. In 2019 Tamsin was appointed Associate Dean of Education for the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Tamsin is an active researcher with a number of undergraduate, Honours, and PhD research students under her supervision. She is a lead Chief Investigator on a CRC-P grant: Next generation dried blood spot pathology testing using LC-MS (Department of Industry, Innovation and Science) along with Simon Foster, University of Canberra). Collaboration partners for this grant are MyHealthTest Pty Ltd, ANZAC Research Institute and Agilent Technologies.

She is an active member in the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS; serving as an ACT Branch committee member 2012 - 2014), The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) and Forensic & Clinical Toxicology Association (FACTA).

Research interests

  • forensic toxicology
  • application of analytical chemistry to forensic and allied health related analyses
  • chemical education

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, University of Technology Sydney

Award Date: 4 May 1998

External positions

University Associate, University of Technology Sydney

Oct 2010 → …

Adjunct Lecturer, Curtin University of Technology

Jun 2009Jun 2011

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Research Output

Effectiveness and safety of topical levodopa in a chick model of myopia

Thomson, K., Karouta, C., Morgan, I., Kelly, T. & Ashby, R., 4 Dec 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, p. 1-17 17 p., 18345.

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Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    3 Downloads (Pure)

    An empirical review of antimalarial quality field surveys: the importance of characterising outcomes

    Grech, J., Robertson, J., Thomas, J., Cooper, G., Naunton, M. & Kelly, T., 5 Jan 2018, In : Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis. 147, p. 612-623 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Evaluation of response strategies against epidemics due to Neisseria meningitidis C in Niger

    Grech, J., Robertson, J., Thomas, J., Cooper, G., Naunton, M., Mutambuze, I. & Kelly, T., 1 Feb 2017, In : Tropical Medicine and International Health. 22, 2, p. 196-204 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    6 Citations (Scopus)
    4 Downloads (Pure)

    Bioaccessibility and degradation of naturally occurring arsenic species from food in the human gastrointestinal tract

    GONZALEZ DE CHAVEZ CAPILLA, T., Beshai, M., MAHER, B., KELLY, T. & FOSTER, S., 2016, In : Food Chemistry. 212, p. 189-197 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 28 Citations (Scopus)
  • 10 Citations (Scopus)