Dr Emma Cheshire

Post-doctorate Research Associate

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 Associate 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
  • Member of the research group Data and Modelling in Medicine http://dammgroup.webs.com/



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, 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.
  • 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, E.C., Malcomson, R.D.G., Rutty, G.N., 2015. Paediatric subdural haemorrhage: Bridging the knowledge gap. New Frontiers in Forensics. Alec Jeffreys Forensic Science Institute, University of Leicester. 15th April 2015.
  • Cheshire, E.C., Malcomson, R.D.G., Rutty, G.N., 2015. Bridging veins research. Criminal Justice Training for Pathologists. The College of Policing (Harperley Hall). County Durham. 23rd July 2015.

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