Position

Academic Status
Chemical & Physical Sciences

Biography

Over 40 years experience in both operational and academic forensic science. Started in forensic science in Zimbabwe from 1968-1981. Moved to the Australian National University in 1981 as a research fellow funded by the Australian Federal Police investigating the science of fingerprint detection. Joined Forensic Science South Australia (FSSA) in 1984 as Chief Scientist and became Director of FSSA from 1997-2007. In this role managed an organisation of 120 people that included pathologists, scientists, technicians and administrative personnel that provided broad ranging forensic science services to the South Australian Justice system. This period saw a significant expansion in the forensic science capability to South Australia with a major development being the establishment of a DNA database in support of criminal investigation.

Qualifications

BSc, University of Natal, South Africa 1964
BSc (Hons), University of Natal, 1965
MSc, University of Natal 1967
D.Phil, University of Rhodesia, 1977

Honours, awards and grants

Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (FRACI)
Awarded fellowship of the National Institute of Forensaic Science in 2007 for services to forensic science in Australia

Key responsibilities

Developing the forensic science research profile at Flinders University

Research interests

Forensic science

Publications

  • Kirkbride, K.P., Coumbaros, J. and Kobus, H.J. (2016). Gunshot residues (GSR) In Ian Freckleton and Hugh Selby, ed. Expert Evidence. Online: Westlaw AU, pp. 87.10-87.900.
    [Web Link]
  • Kobus, H.J., Kirkbride, K.P. and Raymond, M.A. (2016). Identification: Fingerprints a Key Identification Parameter – Detection, Identification, and Interpretation. In Byard & Payne-James, ed. Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine. 2nd ed. Oxford, United Kingdom: Elsevier, pp. 65-73.
    [10.1016/B978-0-12-800034-2.00208-1]
  • Haines, A.M., Tobe, S.S., Kobus, H. and Linacre, A. (2013). Detection of DNA within fingermarks. In A Linacre & N Morling, ed. Forensic Science International: Genetics Supplement Series. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. 25th World Congress of the International Society for Forensic Genetics. Melbourne, VIC. Sep 2013, pp. e290-e291.
    [10.1016/j.fsigss.2013.10.148] [Scopus]
  • Butzbach, D., Byard, R., Kobus, H.J., Sims, D.N., Stockham, P., Lokan, R., et al. (2010). Stability of selected prescription drugs during decomposition. In The 48th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) The 48th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) Bonn, Germany. Aug 2010.
  • Sarvas, I., Kobus, H., Green, L., Kotula, P. and Wuhrer, R. (2009). Gun Shot Residue Analysis and Distinguishing the formation of GSR from Environmental Particles. In RL Price, ed. Microscopy and Microanalysis. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Microscopy and Microanalysis 2009. Richmond, USA. Jul 2009, pp. 64-65.
    [10.1017/S1431927609097311] [Scopus]
  • Khodakov, D., Thredgold, L., Lenehan, C., Andersson, G., Kobus, H. and Ellis, A. (2011). Surface modification of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) microchannels with DNA capture-probes for potential use in microfluidic DNA analysis systems. In Saulius Juodkazis and Min Gu, ed. Proceedings of SPIE: Smart Nano-Micro Materials and Devices. Bellingham, USA: SPIE. SPIE Smart Nano+Micro Materials and Devices. Hawthorn, Victoria. Dec 2011, pp. 82040J-1-82040J-9.
    [10.1117/12.903208] [Scopus]
  • Pigou, P.E., Dennison, G.H., Johnston, M.R. and Kobus, H.J. (2017). An investigation into artefacts formed during gas chromatography/mass spectrometry analysis of firearms propellant that contains diphenylamine as the stabiliser. Forensic Science International, 279 pp. 140-147.
  • Murray, K., Fitzpatrick, R.W., Botrill, R. and Kobus, H.J. (2017). Patterns produced when soil is transferred to bras by placing and dragging actions: The application of digital photography and image processing to support visible observations. Forensic Science International, 276 pp. 24-40.
    [10.1016/j.forsciint.2017.03.026] [Scopus]
  • Guinan, T.M., Neldner, D., Stockham, P., Kobus, H.J., Vella Vedova, C.B. and Voelcker, N.H. (2017). Porous silicon mass spectrometry as an alternative confirmatory assay for compliance testing of methadone. Drug Testing and Analysis, 9(5) pp. 769-777.
    [10.1002/dta.2033] [Scopus]
  • Gustafsson, O.J.R., Guinan, T.M., Rudd, D., Kobus, H.J., Benkendorff, K. and Voelcker, N.H. (2017). Metabolite mapping by consecutive nanostructure and silver-assisted mass spectrometry imaging on tissue sections. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 31(12) pp. 991-1000.
    [10.1002/rcm.7869] [Scopus]
  • Lucas, N.J., Cook, M., Wallace, J., Kirkbride, K.P. and Kobus, H.J. (2016). Quantifying gunshot residues in cases of suicide: Implications for evaluation of suicides and criminal shootings. Forensic Science International, 266 pp. 289-298.
    [10.1016/j.forsciint.2016.06.006] [Scopus]
  • Lucas, N.J., Brown, H., Cook, M., Redman, K.E., Condon, T., Wrobel, H., et al. (2016). A study into the distribution of gunshot residue particles in the random population. Forensic Science International, 262 pp. 150-155.
    [10.1016/j.forsciint.2016.02.050] [Scopus]
  • Lucas, N.J., Cook, M., Wallace, J., Kirkbride, K.P. and Kobus, H.J. (2016). Quantifying gunshot residues in cases of suicide: Implications for evaluation of suicides and criminal shootings. Forensic Science International, 266 pp. 289-298.
    [10.1016/j.forsciint.2016.06.006]
  • Guinan, T., Kobus, H.J., Lu, Y., Sweetman, M., McInnes, S.J., Kirkbride, K.P., et al. (2016). Nanostructured Silicon-Based Fingerprint Dusting Powders for Enhanced Visualization and Detection by Mass Spectrometry. ChemPlusChem, 81(3) pp. 258-261.
    [10.1002/cplu.201500546] [Scopus]
  • Guinan, T., Kirkbride, K.P., Vella Vedova, C.B., Kershaw, S., Kobus, H.J. and Voelcker, N. (2015). Direct detection of illicit drugs from biological fluids by desorption/ionization mass spectrometry with nanoporous silicon microparticles. Analyst, 140(23) pp. 7926-7933.
    [10.1039/c5an01754h] [Scopus]
  • Dilag, J., Kobus, H., Yu, Y., Gibson, C.T. and Ellis, A. (2015). Non-toxic luminescent carbon dot/poly (dimethylacrylamide) nanocomposite reagent for latent fingermark detection synthesized via surface initiated reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer polymerization. Polymer International, 64(7) pp. 884-891.
    [10.1002/pi.4861] [Scopus]
  • Guinan, T.M., Ronci, M., Vasani, R.B., Kobus, H.J. and Voelcker, N.H. (2015). Comparison of the performance of different silicon-based SALDI substrates for illicit drug detection. Talanta, 132 pp. 494-502.
    [10.1016/j.talanta.2014.09.040]
  • Guinan, T.M., Vella Vedova, C.B., Kobus, H.J. and Voelcker, N.H. (2015). Mass spectrometry imaging of fingerprint sweat on nanostructured silicon† Chemical Communications, 51 pp. 6088-6091.
    [10.1039/c4cc08762c]
  • Haines, A., Tobe, S.S., Kobus, H. and Linacre, A. (2015). Properties of nucleic acid staining dyes used in gel electrophoresis. Electrophoresis, 36(6) pp. 941-944.
    [10.1002/elps.201400496] [Scopus]
  • Haines, A.M., Tobe, S.S., Kobus, H.J. and Linacre, A.M. (2015). Effect of nucleic acid binding dyes on DNA extraction, amplification and STR typing. Electrophoresis, 36(20) pp. 2561-2568.
    [10.1002/elps.201500170] [Scopus]
  • Guinan, T.M., Gustafsson, O.J.R., McPhee, G., Kobus, H.J. and Voelcker, N.H. (2015). Silver Coating for High-Mass-Accuracy Imaging Mass Spectrometry of Fingerprints on Nanostructured Silicon. Analytical Chemistry, 87 pp. 11195-11202.
    [10.1021/acs.analchem.5b02567]
  • Guinan, T., Gustafsson, O.J.R., McPhee, G., Kobus, H.J. and Voelcker, N. (2015). Silver Coating for High-Mass-Accuracy Imaging Mass Spectrometry of Fingerprints on Nanostructured Silicon. Analytical Chemistry, 87(22) pp. 11195-11202.
    [10.1021/acs.analchem.5b02567] [Scopus]
  • Guinan, T., Kirkbride, P., Pigou, P., Ronci, M., Kobus, H. and Voelcker, N. (2014). Surface-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry techniques for application in forensics. MASS SPECTROMETRY REVIEWS, pp. 1-14.
    [10.1002/mas.21431]
  • Alhmoud, H., Guinan, T., Elnathan, R., Kobus, H.J. and Voelcker, N.H. (2014). Surface-assisted Laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry using ordered silicon nanopillar arrays. Analyst, 139(22) pp. 5999-6009.
    [10.1039/c4an01391c] [Scopus]
  • Dilag, J., Kobus, H. and Ellis, A. (2013). CdS/polymer nanocomposites synthesized via surface initiated RAFT polymerization for the fluorescent detection of latent fingermarks. Forensic Science International, 228(1-3) pp. 105-114.
    [10.1016/j.forsciint.2013.02.044] [Scopus]
  • Butzbach, D., Stockham, P., Kobus, H., Sims, D., Byard, R., Lokan, R., et al. (2013). Stability of Serotonin-Selective Antidepressants in Sterile and Decomposing Liver Tissue. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 58(SUPPL. 1) pp. S117-S125.
    [10.1111/j.1556-4029.2012.02266.x] [Scopus]
  • Butzbach, D., Stockham, P., Kobus, H.J., Sims, D.N., Byard, R.W., Lokan, R.J., et al. (2013). Bacterial Degradation of Risperidone and Paliperidone in Decomposing Blood. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 58(1) pp. 90-100.
    [10.1111/j.1556-4029.2012.02280.x] [Scopus]
  • Khodakov, D.A., Thredgold, L., Lenehan, C., Andersson, G., Kobus, H. and Ellis, A. (2012). DNA capture-probe based separation of double-stranded polymerase chain reaction amplification products in poly(dimethylsiloxane) microfluidic channels. Biomicrofluidics, 6(2) pp. 026503-1-026503-11.
    [10.1063/1.4729131] [Scopus]
  • Guinan, T., Ronci, M., Kobus, H.J. and Voelcker, N.H. (2012). Rapid detection of illicit drugs in neat saliva using desorption/ionization on porous silicon. Talanta, 99 pp. 791-798.
    [10.1016/j.talanta.2012.07.029] [Scopus]
  • Zhou, J., Ellis, A., Kobus, H. and Voelcker, N. (2012). Aptamer sensor for cocaine using minor groove binder based energy transfer. Analytica Chimica Acta, 719 pp. 76-81.
    [10.1016/j.aca.2012.01.011] [Scopus]
  • Allan, K., Lenehan, C., Khodakov, D.A., Kobus, H. and Ellis, A. (2012). High-performance capillary electrophoretic separation of double-stranded oligonucleotides using a poly-(ethylpyrrolidine methacrylate-co-methylmethacrylate)-coated capillary. Electrophoresis, 33(7) pp. 1205-1214.
    [10.1002/elps.201100514] [Scopus]
  • Kobus, H., Houck, M., Speaker, P., Riley, R. and Witt, T. (2011). Managing Performance in the Forensic Sciences: Expectations in Light of Limited Budgets. Forensic Science Policy & Management: An International Journal, 2(1) pp. 36-43.
    [10.1080/19409044.2011.564271]
  • Dilag, J., Kobus, H.J. and Ellis, A.V. (2011). Nanotechnology as a New Tool for Fingermark Detection: A Review. Current Nanoscience, 7(2) pp. 153-159.
    [10.2174/157341311794653596] [Scopus]
  • Matthews, B., Walker, G., Kobus, H., Pigou, P., Bird, C. and Smith, G. (2011). The analysis of dyes in ball point inks on single paper fibres using laser desorption ionisation time of flight mass spectrometry (LDI-TOFMS) Forensic Science International, 209(1-3) pp. e26-e30.
    [10.1016/j.forsciint.2011.03.033] [Scopus]
  • Heath, K., Kobus, H. and Byard, R. (2011). Potential dangers of accelerant use in arson. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 18(2) pp. 49-51.
    [10.1016/j.jflm.2011.01.005] [Scopus]
  • Byard, R., Veldhoen, D., Kobus, H.J. and Heath, K. (2010). Murder-Suicide or Murder-Accident? Difficulties with the Analysis of Cases. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 55(5) pp. 1375-1377.
    [10.1111/j.1556-4029.2010.01407.x] [Scopus]
  • Kobus, H. and Liddy, M. (2009). University Forensic Science Programs: A Student Attraction Strategy or a Value-Adding Partnership with Industry? Forensic Science Policy & Management: An International Journal, 1(3) pp. 125-129.
    [10.1080/19409040902990327]
  • Lowe, R.D., Guild, G.E., Harpas, P., Kirkbride, P., Hoffmann, P., Voelcker, N.H., et al. (2009). Rapid drug detection in oral samples by porous silicon assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 23(22) pp. 3542-3548.
    [10.1002/rcm.4284] [Scopus]
  • Dilag, J., Kobus, H.J. and Ellis, A.V. (2009). Cadmium sulfide quantum dot/chitosan nanocomposites for latent fingermark detection. Forensic Science International, 187(1) pp. 97-102.
    [10.1016/j.forsciint.2009.03.006] [Scopus]
  • Kobus, H., Phil, D., Silenieks, E. and Scharnberg, J. (2002). Improving the Effectiveness of Fluorescence for the detection of Semen Stains on Fabrics. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 47(4) pp. 819-823.
    [10.1520/JFS15467J] [Scopus]
  • Kobus, H.J., Pigou, P., Jahangiri, S. and Taylor, (2002). Evaluation of some oxygen, sulfur, and selenium substituted ninhydrin analogues, nitrophenylninhydrin and benzo[f]furoninhydrin. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 47(2) pp. 254-259.
    [Scopus]
  • Murray, K., Fitzpatrick, R.W., Botrill, R. and Kobus, H.J. (2017). Patterns produced when soil is transferred to bras by placing and dragging actions: The application of digital photography and image processing to support visible observations. Forensic Science International, 276 pp. 24-40.
    [10.1016/j.forsciint.2017.03.026] [Scopus]
  • Gustafsson, O.J.R., Guinan, T.M., Rudd, D., Kobus, H.J., Benkendorff, K. and Voelcker, N.H. (2017). Metabolite mapping by consecutive nanostructure and silver-assisted mass spectrometry imaging on tissue sections. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 31(12) pp. 991-1000.
    [10.1002/rcm.7869] [Scopus]
  • Guinan, T.M., Neldner, D., Stockham, P., Kobus, H.J., Vella Vedova, C.B. and Voelcker, N.H. (2017). Porous silicon mass spectrometry as an alternative confirmatory assay for compliance testing of methadone. Drug Testing and Analysis, 9(5) pp. 769-777.
    [10.1002/dta.2033] [Scopus]
  • Pigou, P.E., Dennison, G.H., Johnston, M.R. and Kobus, H.J. (2017). An investigation into artefacts formed during gas chromatography/mass spectrometry analysis of firearms propellant that contains diphenylamine as the stabiliser. Forensic Science International, 279 pp. 140-147.
  • Lucas, N.J., Cook, M., Wallace, J., Kirkbride, K.P. and Kobus, H.J. (2016). Quantifying gunshot residues in cases of suicide: Implications for evaluation of suicides and criminal shootings. Forensic Science International, 266 pp. 289-298.
    [10.1016/j.forsciint.2016.06.006]
  • Lucas, N.J., Cook, M., Wallace, J., Kirkbride, K.P. and Kobus, H.J. (2016). Quantifying gunshot residues in cases of suicide: Implications for evaluation of suicides and criminal shootings. Forensic Science International, 266 pp. 289-298.
    [10.1016/j.forsciint.2016.06.006] [Scopus]
  • Lucas, N.J., Brown, H., Cook, M., Redman, K.E., Condon, T., Wrobel, H., et al. (2016). A study into the distribution of gunshot residue particles in the random population. Forensic Science International, 262 pp. 150-155.
    [10.1016/j.forsciint.2016.02.050] [Scopus]
  • Guinan, T., Kobus, H.J., Lu, Y., Sweetman, M., McInnes, S.J., Kirkbride, K.P., et al. (2016). Nanostructured Silicon-Based Fingerprint Dusting Powders for Enhanced Visualization and Detection by Mass Spectrometry. ChemPlusChem, 81(3) pp. 258-261.
    [10.1002/cplu.201500546] [Scopus]
  • Guinan, T.M., Vella Vedova, C.B., Kobus, H.J. and Voelcker, N.H. (2015). Mass spectrometry imaging of fingerprint sweat on nanostructured silicon† Chemical Communications, 51 pp. 6088-6091.
    [10.1039/c4cc08762c]
  • Kirkbride, K.P., Coumbaros, J. and Kobus, H.J. (2016). Gunshot residues (GSR) In Ian Freckleton and Hugh Selby, ed. Expert Evidence. Online: Westlaw AU, pp. 87.10-87.900.
    [Web Link]

Professional and community engagement

Member of National Institute of Forensic Science Forum
Deputy Chair NATA Forensic Science Accreditation Advisory Committee
Chair of Board of Centre for Australiasian Forensic Soil Science
Past National President Australia and New Zealand Forensic Science Society
Past Chair Senior Managers of Australia and New Zealand Forensic Science Laboratories

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