Dr Chris Shepherd obtained his BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry with Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from the University of Bristol in 2006 before gaining an MSc in Forensic Science and Engineering (2007) and a PhD (2011) from Cranfield Defence and Security, where he specialised in shock physics and terminal ballistics under the supervision of Dr Derek Allsop. Chris’s research to date has included the application of shock physics for the material characterisation of ballistic tissue simulants, wound ballistic studies with applications relating to casualty prediction from suicide bomb attacks, and many aspects of forensic ballistics.
Chris took up an appointment as Lecturer in Forensic Science within the School of Physical Sciences at the University of Kent in 2011 and was promoted to his current position of Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science in 2017. Chris interacts with all stages of the Forensic Science programme at Kent and is currently the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Forensic Science. Chris is also interested in science education collaborations and external examiner opportunities.
Chris is interested in research and consultancy involving all aspects of ballistics, in particular, the application of modern scientific techniques to better understand ballistic processes and principles. For example:
• Forensic ballistics investigations, particularly trajectory analyses.
• The use of modern radiological scanning techniques to observe wound ballistic effects, particularly using common tissue simulants.
• The application of shock physics techniques to ascertain equations of state and other mechanical data from soft materials using novel experimental interpretations.
• The running of explosive and firearm-based trials for the collection of ballistic penetration data.
Chris is responsible for lecturing in areas of mathematics and forensic science with particular emphasis on ballistics-related subjects, courtroom skills and student research projects.
Chris supervises both undergraduate and postgraduate research projects in Forensic Science.