Andrea Donaldson

Dr Andrea Donaldson

​Academic Staff Member
Centre for Health and Social Practice


+64 7 834 8800 extension 3795


Physical Address:

D Block, Level 2, City Campus, Tristram St, Hamilton 3240


  • Certificate in Adult Teaching, Wintec, 2015. 
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Forensic Science, University of Otago, 2013.
  • Master of Science (with Credit) in Biochemistry and Forensic Science, University of Otago, 2010.
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Otago, 2007.
  • Certificate in Chemistry and Physics, University of Waikato, 2003.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, with specific education in Anatomy, Medications and Advanced Emergency Management, Waikato Hospital, 2002.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing Practice, Auckland University of Technology, 2001.
  • Bachelor of Nursing, Waikato Polytechnic, 1999.

Industry Experience, Affiliations and Achievements

  • Ministry of Science and Innovation (MSI) Te Tipu Pūtaiao Scholarship Recipient for Doctoral Research, 2010.
  • ESR Scholarship Recipient for Master of Science Research, 2009.

Areas of Expertise and Research

  • Forensic Science
  • Nursing
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research Activity

Led Death Investigation workshop at the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS), Hobart, 2012.

Presented Master’s thesis at the ANZFSS Conference, Sydney, Australia, 2010.

Presented Master’s thesis at the COMBIO Conference, Christchurch, NZ, 2009.

Led Blood-pattern Analysis course at ESR, 2009.

Select Publications

Donaldson, A. E., & Lamont, I. L. (2014). Metabolomics of post-mortem blood: Identifying potential markers of post-mortem interval. Metabolomics. In press.

Donaldson, A. E., & Lamont, I. L. (2013). Biochemistry changes that occur after death: Potential markers for determining post-mortem interval. PLOS ONE, 8(11), 1-10.

Donaldson, A. E., & Lamont, I. L. (2013). Estimation of post-mortem interval using biochemical markers. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, 1-19.

Donaldson, A., Walker, N., Lamont, I., Cordiner, S., & Taylor, M. (2011). Characterising the dynamics of expirated bloodstain pattern formation using high-speed digital video imaging. International Journal of Legal Medicine, 125(6), 757-762.