Dr Emma Cheshire

Senior Research Fellow

East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit

Contact Details

  • Telephone: 0116 252 3295
  • Office: Room 324, Level 3, Robert Kilpatrick Building, Leicester Royal Infirmary, LE2 7LX


  • BSc (Hons) (2009) University of Lincoln
  • MSc (2011) University of Leicester
  • PhD (2016) University of Leicester


Emma completed her PhD at the University of Leicester in 2016, investigating the source of subdural bleeding in cases of infantile abusive head trauma. Her current post as a Research Fellow within the East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit is a continuation of her PhD research, focusing on paediatric head injuries. The project translates the use of clinical imaging systems and neurosurgical equipment into the post-mortem setting to aid in the assessment of the infant brain and its protective coverings.

Research Interests

  • Paediatric head injuries
  • Post-mortem use of neurosurgical equipment
  • Post-mortem optical clearance of tissues and optical coherence tomography
  • 3D mapping of anatomical structures


The study received a favourable ethical opinion by the National Research Ethics Service (NRES) (14/EM/0169), and permissions to commence by University Hospitals of Leicester Research and Development offices (UHL 11321) and the University of Leicester (0434).

Peer reviewed articles

  • Cheshire EC, Biggs MJP, Hollingbury FE, Fitzpatrick-Swallow V, Prickett TRA, Malcomson RDG. Frequency of macroscopic intradural hemorrhage with and without subdural hemorrhage in early childhood autopsies. Forensic Sci Med Pathol. 2019: DOI: 10.1007/s12024-019-00103-8
  • Cheshire EC, Malcomson RDG, Sun P, Mirkes EM, Amoroso JM, Rutty GN. A Systematic Autopsy Survey of Human Infant Bridging Veins. Int J Legal Med. 2018; 132:449-461
  • Cheshire EC, Malcomson RDG, Joseph S, Adnan A, Adlam D, Rutty GN. Post-mortem imaging of the infant and perinatal dura mater and superior sagittal sinus using optical coherence tomography. Int J Legal Med. 2017;131:1377-1383
  • Cheshire EC, Malcomson RDG, Joseph S, Biggs MJB, Adlam D, Rutty GN. Optical clearing of the dura mater using glycerol: A reversible process to aid the post-mortem investigation of infant head injury. Forensic Sci Med Pathol. 2015;11:395-404
  • Cheshire EC, Malcomson RDG, Rutty GN, James DS. Visualisation of the intact dura mater and brain surface in infant autopsies: A minimally destructive technique for the post-mortem assessment of head injury. Int J Legal Med. 2015;129:307-312

Non-Peer Reviewed Manuscripts

  • Cheshire EC, Malcomson RDG. Abusive head trauma: Novel techniques for the post-mortem assessment of subdural haemorrhage and infant bridging veins. Homicide Working Group-Investigating Child Death Sub Group. The journal of investigating child death. 2017;3:68-75

Book Chapters

  • Rutty GN, Cheshire EC. Horse-related Injuries and Deaths. In Essentials of Autopsy Practice; Reviews, Updates, and Advances (ed. Rutty GN). Springer International Publishing, Switzerland. 2017

Published Abstracts

  • Cheshire EC. Novel methods for the post-mortem assessment of paediatric head injury, including visualization of subdural haemorrhage and bridging veins. Jpn J Legal Med. 2018; 72:73

Conference Presentations

  • Novel methods for the post-mortem assessment of paediatric head injury (including subdural haemorrhage and bridging veins’. Twenty Fourth Congress of the International Academy of Legal Medicine. Fukuoka, Japan. 8th June 2018
  • Minimally Destructive Techniques for the Post-Mortem Assessment of Infant Head Injury. Fifteenth International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma. Montreal, Canada. 17th September 2016
  • Paediatric subdural haemorrhage: Bridging the knowledge gap. New Frontiers in Forensics. Alec Jeffreys Forensic Science Institute, University of Leicester. 15th April 2015

Poster Presentations

  • Cheshire EC, Malcomson RDG, Rutty GN. ‘Abusive head trauma and infant bridging veins’. Midlands Academy of Medical Sciences Research Festival. Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough, UK. 23RD March 2018
  • Cheshire EC. ‘Identifying traumatic damage to veins at infant autopsies’. STEM for Britain. House of Commons. London, UK. 12th March 2018

Invited Talks/Lectures

  • Post-mortem techniques to aid the assessment of paediatric head injuries and enable research on infant bridging veins. BRIPPA Medico-legal Pathology Interest Group. Leicester Royal Infirmary (Histopathology Department). Leicestershire. 18th May 2018
  • Paediatric subdural haemorrhage: Bridging the knowledge gap. Forensic Pathologists CPD event. The College of Policing (Ryton-on-Dunsmore). Warwickshire. 14th September 2016
  • Bridging veins research. Criminal Justice Training for Pathologists. The College of Policing (Harperley Hall). County Durham. 23rd July 2015


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