Dr Rachel Armitage

Job: Senior Laboratory Technician

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: Leicester School of Pharmacy

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 207 8280

E: raarmitage@dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Dr. Rachel Armitage graduated from Keele University with an honours degree in Biological and Medicinal Chemistry and Biology, followed by a period of time in industry working for contract research laboratories in both analytical chemistry and genetic toxicology. 

In 2008, Dr Armitage joined De Montfort University as a Senior Lab technician, and completed her PhD in pharmaceutical analysis part time. Her current role involves managing the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) facility, teaching SEM practicals on the PCS and QbD MSc course in addition to the supervision of post-graduate students.

Her current research interests are the identification of substandard and falsified medicines using rapid detection methods and the identification and analysis of Gunshot Residue (GSR). 

Dr Armitage is a STEM ambassador and an ambassador for the Royal Microscopical Society.

Research group affiliations

Leicester Institute of Pharmaceutical Innovation for Integrated Care (LIPIIC)

Research interests/expertise

Identification of substandard and falsified medicines using rapid detection methods.
Identification and analysis of Gunshot Residue (GSR). 
Applications of SEM to research.

Areas of teaching

PHCO3309 Pharmaceutical Materials Science
PHCO5303 Analytical Techniques in Materials Sciences


BSc(Hons) Biological and Medicinal Chemistry and Biology (Keele University)
PhD Pharmaceutical Analysis (De Montfort University)

Membership of professional associations and societies

Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society
Associate Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Current research students

Ollie Clay (1st Supervisor) Gun Shot Residue
Anthony Toroitich (2nd Supervisor) Substandard and Falsified Medicines