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 190 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.
In 2020 I was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the forensic sciences: OAM
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
International Society for Forensic Genetics: Best Poster - SEP 2015
Best Talk at the ANZFSS Symposium 2012 - SEP 2012
International Society for Forensic Genetics: Best Poster - SEP 2019
Flinders Univerity: Best Paper - MAY 2020
Student Research Impact Prize - MAY 2022
I was President of the Australian New Zealand Forensic Science Society.
I am Associate Editor of the highest impact factor journal in the forensic sciences (Forensic Science International: Genetics)
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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