Ms Katie Jetten

  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Forensic Biology (University of Portsmouth)
  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Katie is a currently working towards the completion of her PhD. She completed her BSc (Hons) in Forensic Biology at the university, throughout which she undertook units in biochemistry, molecular biology, forensic investigation and scientific techniques, before accepting a job within the private sector as a forensic DNA analyst. Katie later progressed to a more senior role, in which she organised, managed and supervised workflow of urgent and high throughput samples. Katie has now returned to the University to complete her PhD, which focuses on the optimisation of DNA processing in sexual assault investigations, utilising a multi-collaborative approach between forensic science providers, forensic science users and academics. Alongside this, Katie teaches on the undergraduate Criminology and Forensic Studies course, as well as engaging in partnership work and active projects currently embedded within the university.


  • Forensic DNA recovery and processing
  • DNA profiling methods in frontline practice
  • Human factors in criminal justice

PhD Title: Optimisation of DNA processing in sexual assault investigations: A multi-collaborative approach

Research Cluster

  • Policing, Crime and Forensic Investigation