Professor Adrian Linacre

Chair in Forensic DNA Technology

College of Science and Engineering

place Biological Sciences (325)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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 200 publications in international peer reviewed journals.

Co-author of: Wildlife DNA Analyses (

Co-author of: Introduction to Forensic Genetics (,+2nd+Edition-p-9780470710180)

Editor of book 'Forensic Science in Wildlife Investigations'.

I am an Associate Editor of Forensic Science International Genetics ((

I am on the editorial boards of Forensic Science Medicine and Pathology ( and the Australian Journal of Forensic Science (

In 2020 I was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the forensic sciences: OAM

BSc in Biological Sciences (Hons), University of Edinburgh, 1984
DPhil in Molecular Genetics, University of Sussex, 1988
Honours, awards and grants

Awarded Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the forensic sciences (OAM)

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)
President of the Australian New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) 2016-2020

Vice President: International Aossociation of Forensic Science (IAFS) 2016-2024

Key responsibilities
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
Teaching interests
Integrating forensic science practice into the course curriculum
Topic coordinator
FORS3002 Evidence Evaluation
FORS2001 Forensic Criminalistics
FORS3007 DNA Technologies
Topic lecturer
FORS1001 Introduction to Forensic Practice
FORS3006 DNA Profiling
Supervisory interests
Forensic DNA
Forensic investigations
Forensic science
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: forensic genetics; microsatellites, touch DNA; fingermarks (1), forensic DNA typing of, hairs, fibres and nails; microsatellites (1), Forensic genetics; pythons; snake DNA typing; mitochondrial DNA; microsatellites (1), Forensic genetics; latent DNA; dyes; microsatellites (1)
Associate supervisor: body fluids; blood; semen; saliva; mass spectroscopy (1)
Principal supervisor: forensic genetics; forensic wildlife; bird species; mitochondrial DNA; cytochrome b (1), forensic genetics; microsatellites, X chromosome, Disaster Victim Identification (1), Forensic genetics; soils; arbitrary primed PCR; 16S rRNA; 18S rRNA (1), Forensic genetics; forensic wildlife; mitochondrial DNA, Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (1)
Associate supervisor: Contactless Conductivity Detection System for Microfluidic Devices (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Alicia Haines

International Society for Forensic Genetics: Best Poster - SEP 2015

Sherryn Ciavalglia

Best Talk at the ANZFSS Symposium 2012 - SEP 2012

Piyamas Kanokwongnuwut

International Society for Forensic Genetics: Best Poster - SEP 2019

Piyamas Kanokwongnuwut

Flinders Univerity: Best Paper - MAY 2020

Piyamas Kanokwongnuwut

Student Research Impact Prize - MAY 2022

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