Chair in Forensic DNA Technology
School of Biological Sciences
I gained my first degree in Zoology at Edinburgh University and then a D.Phil at the University of Sussex. I took up a lectureship in Forensic Science at Strathclyde University in Glasgow where I worked until February of 2010. During this time I gained my Registration as a Forensic Practitioner in the areas of body fluids, blood pattern analysis and DNA typing.
I took up the Chair in Forensic Science supported by the Ministry of Justice, South Australia, with the role of developing new technologies in the field of DNA typing.
I have published over 90 publications in international peer reviewed journals. In addition I and am co-author of the text 'An Introduction to Forensic Genetics' and editor of book 'Forensic Science in Wildlife Investigations'. I am an Associate Editor of Forensic Science International Genetics and on the editorial board of the journal Investigative Genetics.
BSc in Biological Sciences (Hons), University of Edinburgh, 1984
DPhil in Molecular Genetics, University of Sussex, 1988
Inspirational Scientist of the Year, 2005, Royal Society of Edinburgh
Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts and Commerce (FRSA)
President 25th Congress of the International Society for Forensic Genetics (ISFG)
Scientific Chair of the 25th Symposium of the Australian New Zealand Forensic Science Society
Development of Forensic Science at Flinders University
Teaching: modes of delivery and integration of forensic practice to the curriculum
Research: both long term projects in forensic science and addressing issues raised in casework
Professional practice: assist in the development of standards in forensic science
Integrating forensic science practice into the course curriculum
I was appointed as the inaugural South Australia Justice Chair in Forensic Science with the remit of developing new technologies in DNA typing. My research can be summed up as getting more from less at a crime scene. In particular I am interested in developing more sensitive methods of human DNA typing and also understanding more about the transfer of biological material at crime scenes. My other area of research is in the use of non-human DNA to assist with forensic science investigations and in particular in wildlife forensic science.
: forensic DNA typing of, hairs, fibres and nails; microsatellites
; Forensic genetics; pythons; snake DNA typing; mitochondrial DNA; microsatellites
; Forensic genetics; latent DNA; dyes; microsatellites
; forensic genetics; microsatellites, touch DNA; fingermarks
: body fluids; blood; semen; saliva; mass spectroscopy
: forensic genetics; forensic wildlife; bird species; mitochondrial DNA; cytochrome b
; forensic genetics; microsatellites, X chromosome, Disaster Victim Identification
; Forensic genetics; soils; arbitrary primed PCR; 16S rRNA; 18S rRNA
; Forensic genetics; forensic wildlife; mitochondrial DNA, Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms
: Contactless Conductivity Detection System for Microfluidic Devices
I was a Registered Forensic Practitioners in the UK in the areas of body fluid typing, blood pattern analysis, and DNA profiling.
I was co-author of the Review of Low Template DNA Typing for the UK Home Office.
I have acted as an expert witness in numerous cases and in many different countries.
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