Ruth is a Forensic Chemist, with a PhD in mass spectrometry (MS). Her interest in MS (particularly hyphenated techniques involving chromatography) started in the pharmaceutical industry, which provided the basis of her PhD (2008) and postdoctoral research with Prof Brenton at the Institute of Mass Spectrometry at Swansea, on biomolecule elucidation and instrument development. Following completion of a PG Cert in Higher Education she became Lecturer in Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS) in 2011 specialising in analytical methods, pharmaceutical, environmental and forensic analysis, including quality management systems and professional laboratory practice.
Ruth’s research focuses on pharmaceutical analysis and analytical technologies for medical/chemical analysis, with collaborators in academia, government agencies and industry. Recent research is concerned with environmental medicine and developing MS and sample preparation technologies. She also carries out pedagogic research. She has received grant funding (RCUK/charities) and supervised postgraduate research students. Ruth trains staff and external parties in LC-MS, regularly contributing to the EPSRC National Mass Spectrometry Facility Summer School.
Ruth is a Chartered Chemist, Chartered Scientist, Fellow of The Higher Education Academy and an active member of the British Mass Spectrometry Society, American Society for Mass Spectrometry and Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). She supports the Analytical Methods Committee of the RSC, generating teaching materials and good practice guides as a member and secretary of the Instrumental Analysis Sub-committee. Ruth also supports RSC outreach as a Chemnet Ambassador promoting scientific education to A-level students. She is Scheme Director and Industrial Liaison Officer for PG programmes (MSc, MRes, PG Dip., PG Cert.) working with multinational companies, government agencies and SMEs in supporting study and research.