After his graduation B.Sc. Biology/Chemistry in 1997, Godwin joined the University's Faculty of Medicine as a Research Scientist with the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics. After 3 years with the Faculty of Medicine, he started working at the Malta Police Forensic Science Laboratory as a Forensic Scientist. In 2001, the forensic laboratory was moved to the Malta National Laboratory (MNL) and later within the Laboratory Service Directorate of the Malta Competition and Consumers Affairs Authority (MCCAA). He has been regularly requested to act as a court forensic expert on gunshot residue, explosives, drugs of abuse and chemical analysis for the past 16 years. However for the past few years, his major area of expertise is drugs of abuse. In 2011, he obtained a Certificate Program in Forensic Toxicology with the University of Florida.
In 2016, Godwin joined the University's Faculty of Science with the Department of Chemistry where he still performs the same court forensic expert duties. In addition, his responsibilities include the support of academic and researcher requirements; active support of research activities, projects and academic initiatives; aids investigations and consultations and services for industry and other duties.
In 2019, he obtained his Ph.D. with the Department of Chemistry in collaboration with Prof. W.P. de Voogt from the University of Amsterdam. His local supervisor was Prof. E. Sinagra.
For the past few years Godwin has also contributed to the University's Faculty of Mental Health as a Visiting Senior Lecturer on Substance Misuse and with the Department of Criminology on Drugs and Society. He also supervises several undergraduate BA (Hons) Criminology students.
Research Interests include:
- Environmental Chemistry - Forensic Drug Analysis - Substance misuse and Mental Health
(1) Sammut, G., Sinagra, E., Helmus. R., de Voogt., P., Perfluoroalkyl substances in the Maltese environment (II) surface water and rain water. (2017)
(2) Sammut, G., Sinagra, E., Sapiano, M., Helmus. R., de Voogt., P., Perfluoroalkyl substances in the Maltese environment (II) sediment, soil and groundwater. (2019)