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Dr Richard Lloyd came to Cambridge in 2018, having spent several years at Cranfield Forensic Institute, based at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, where he specialised in post-mortem toxicology. His PhD utilised several avascular fluids (vitreous humour, cerebrospinal fluid and synovial fluid) for the detection of drugs of forensic interest in embalmed human remains. He has also undertaken casework and has published in the field of decomposition toxicology. As well as toxicology, he also holds an MSc in Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology – the identification and recovery of skeletal remains.

At Cambridge, Richard manages the Human Anatomy Centre, which is home to one of the busiest body donation programmes in the United Kingdom and is responsible for providing anatomy instruction to all pre-clinical and clinical students.

Dr Lloyd teaches pre-clinical anatomy within PDN and supervises Part II anatomical projects. In College, he supervises the MedST Part IA Functional Architecture of the Body (Anatomy) paper, a role he also undertakes at Hughes Hall.

Richard was born in Northumberland, was adopted at the age of three months, and then grew up in a former mining village in the North East, attending local state schools. He has enjoyed a particularly varied career, originally reading Music, as a mature student, at Royal Holloway, University of London, from where he holds the degrees of BMus and MMus, as well as a PhD which examined socio-religious aspects of music in the parish church in late-medieval London. He then taught for several years, latterly as Head of Year and Director of Music in a large independent girls’ day school in London. He also has commercial interests, having previously owned a piano restoration business, a part share in a bespoke tailoring business, and a firm of undertakers which he founded, grew and subsequently sold to investors.

Richard’s extra-curricular interests include swimming, horse riding and playing the organ. He is a Freeman of the City of London, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and a member of the Billingsgate Ward Club.

Research Interest

Richard Lloyd maintains research interests in post-mortem toxicology and skeletal identification, especially forensic ageing methods and paleopathology. He has a particular interest in cadaveric preservation methods, and is currently leading research into providing soft-fix subjects for surgical training purposes.

Publications (selected)

Brassett, C., Chilvers, N., Lloyd, R., Fletcher, P., Fay, I., Spear, M., & Taylor, H. L. (2021). Maintaining cadaveric dissection in the COVID era: new perspectives in anatomy teaching and medical education. European Journal of Anatomy

Brassett, C., Lloyd, R. (presenter), Skeates, J., Arnold, L., Taylor, H. and Barclay, S. (2020). Enriching the Dissection Room experience during the COVID19 lockdown. Conference paper delivered at the British Association of Clinical Anatomists, Autumn 2020 Meeting.

Lloyd, R. and Evans, J. (2017). Forensic toxicology of decomposed human remains. In: Schotsmans, E., Márquez-Grant, N. and Forbes, S. (eds.), Taphonomy of Human Remains: Forensic Analysis of the Dead and the Depositional Environment. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Chichester:299-317.