Rapid In-Field DNA Analysis

Jeremy Watherston -  Rapid DNA profiling of compromised human remains

NSW Health Pathology’s Forensic & Analytical Science Service provides independent analysis to NSW Police and the Coroner with the Forensic Biology team playing an essential role in the analysis and interpretation of evidence recovered from crime and disaster scenes.

Senior Forensic Biologist Jeremy Watherston has recently been announced as a finalist in the “Research Excellence” category of NSW Health Pathology’s annual awards celebration. 

Jeremy’s ground-breaking research into the DNA profiling of compromised human remains was strongly supported by the Forensic & Analytical Science Service. Jeremy has spent the past five years researching rapid approaches to DNA testing including the application of in-field DNA testing with a view to investigators receiving results within 90 minutes for some post-mortem samples.

Developing these rapid DNA protocols means sample collection, preparation and testing can occur with faster turnaround times using simple tools which are amenable to in-field application. These protocols will help identify deceased individuals in mass casualty, counter terrorism and humanitarian forensic operations

Jeremy's research over the past five years has been under the supervision of Professor Dennis McNevin, Associate Professor Jodie Ward and Dr David Bruce with the collaboration of the Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research.

We applaud Jeremy for his commitment to research and congratulate him on the pending award of his PhD.  To hear more from Jeremy about his research, please watch the video below.

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