I have been involved in forensic science as a forensic chemist in one capacity or another since 1985. My first placement was at Forensic Science SA where I worked as a toxicologist, illicit drugs analyst, clandestine drug lab investigator and a trace evidence examiner. I then moved into management and became, over time, the supervisor of the chemistry group, the quality manager and finally the Assistant Director-Science, a position where I was responsible for management of quality, information systems and research.
In 2006 I took up a position with the National Institute of Forensic Science in Melbourne as the Manager of Business Programs. In that role my responsibilities were to initiate and manage forensic science research projects on a national basis.
In 2008 I commenced as Chief Scientist with the Forensic and Data Centres portfolio of the Australian Federal Police, a position where I was again responsible for research management and quality management.
BSc, BSc(Hons) and PhD, all from the University of Adelaide and all in the field of chemistry, in particular organic chemistry.
Eighteen publication recognitions by the National Institute of Forensic Science in their annual "Best Paper" awards. For the most recent awards have a look here:
The International Journal of Mass Spectrometry and instrument company Agilent awarded Sathisha Kamanna a best student publication award for 2016. Follow these links to find out more::
Research grants in the last 5 years:
ARC Linkage Grant "Visualization of Latent DNA" Have a look here for a related story:
Defence Grand Challenge Grant "Countering Improvised Threats"
Defence Science and Technology Group - Counter Terrorism Technical Support Office grant "Collection and Exploitation of Informative Genetic Data from Trace Material" with Prof Adrian Linacre. Have a look here for related news items:
Premier's Research and Industry Fund grant "Transformation of Forensic Gunshot Residude Evidence" have a look here: http://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2016/08/18/flinders-forensic-fingerprints-a-gun-crime-game-cha/
ARC Linkage Grant "Universal Immunogenic Reagents for the Detection of Latent Fingermarks"
ARC Linkage Grant "Direct Sample Analysis with Nanostructured Silicon Chips"
ARC Linkage Grant "Estimating per capita use and release of chemicals by wastewater analysis"
ARC LIEF Grant "Advanced Nanomaterials Characterisation Facility"
As of 1/1/2023 I hold an Emeritus position at Flinders University. Although this position is honarary, I am still involved in forensic science research involving PhD and Honours students and I provide specialist support to the law enforcement and forensic science sectors.
In my life before academia, my key operational forensic science responsibilities included: examination of trace evidence (fire scene residues, textile fibres, paint, explosives residues and gunshot residues), illicit drugs and clandestine laboratories, and provision of expert evidence in courts.
As a senior manager in forensic science agencies my key responsibilities included: research and development management, information systems management, quality management, and policy and planning.
My philosophy in teaching is to share my skills, knowledge and experience gained in over 25 years in forensic science as a case examiner and senior manager. My plan is to teach you everything that I know about forensic science.....but not everything that YOU will know!
My particular expertise include the following:
Forensic & Clinical Toxicology Association (FACTA) "Best Oral Presentation" runner-up - DEC 2017
National Institute of Forensic Science Best Chapter ina Book" award, 2017.Have a look at this link:https://research.flinders.edu.au/RP/Blog/4417/research-engagement-and-impact-flinders-forensic-science-cleans-up-at-awards - DEC 2017
National Institute of Forensic Science "Best Paper" 2016 -
National Institute of Forensic Science "Best Paper" 2016 -
National Institute of Forensic Science "Best Paper" 2015 -
American Society of Mass Spectrometry,IJMS-Agilent Best Student Paper Awards 2016. Have a look at https://www.journals.elsevier.com/international-journal-of-mass-spectrometry/news/ijms-agilent-best-student-paper-awards-2016 - JUN 2017
National Institute of Forensic Science "Best Paper" 2013 -
National Institute of Forensic Science "Best Paper" 2010 -
National Institute of Forensic Science "Best Paper" - MAR 2013
National Institute of Forensic Science "Best Paper" 2011 -
National Institute of Forensic Science "Best Paper" 2002 -
National Institute of Forensic Science "Best Paper" 2004 (second award!) -
National Institute of Forensic Science "Best Paper" 2004 (first award) -
National Institute of Forensic Science "Best Paper" 2004 -
Past Chairman of the Biometrics Institute Board of Directors. I served as a Director and Chairman of the Institute for 4 years and 3 years, respectively.
Assessor for the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) Forensic Science Accreditation program, International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ).and previously the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD-LAB)
Past member of the SA Government Controlled Substances Advisory Council
Author of the national forensic science innovation stategy "Advancing Science for Justice" while on secondment to the National Institute of Forensic Science.
Past member of the Illicit Drugs Specialist Advisory Group, the Chemical Criminalistics and Documents Specialist Advisory Group.and member of NATA Chemical Criminalistics and Documents Proficiency Review Committee.
Contributor to the National Security Science and Innovation Strategy.
Affiliated with Forensic Science and Wildlife Matters (FSWLM), an independent consultancy service mainly dealing with animal and human hair examination: http://forensicscienceandwildlifematters.com.au/:
Member of the Panel of Advisors for Forensic Foundations, a consultancy specializing in expert witness and evidence evaluation training: http://www.forensicfoundations.com.au/