Dan Bonsu

Dan Bonsu

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

PhD Candidate

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences


Dan is a PhD Candidate at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD), The University of Adelaide (UoA), Australia. His research project investigates the interaction of trace DNA with metal and metal-coated surfaces and developing novel solutions for forensic analysis of these problematic evidential samples for serious crime, to ultimately lead to improved justice outcome. He has excellent and comprehensive training in forensic and investigative sciences. Dan holds an Erasmus Mundus MSc in Forensic Science (MFSc) and MSc degree in Biotechnology; both received with distinction. He obtained a BSc (Hons) degree in Human Biology from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He recently obtained a Professional Diploma in Criminal profiling & Crime Scene Analysis from the Forensic Criminology Institute in Sitka, Alaska, United States.

Dan has held very prestigious scholarships ranging from the Adelaide scholarship International, the Chartered Society of Forensic Science Research Scholarship, ANZFSS SA Branch Symposium Award, Bill Retalic Prize for Science and Justice, and the Erasmus Mundus Masters Scholarship.

Dan is currently a Member of the University of Adelaide Council, a Postgraduate Representative on the Faculty of Science Board, UoA and a Committee Member of ANZFSS SA Branch. He was the President for 2013 - 2015 cohort of the Erasmus Mundus MFSc, served as the Program Representative (PR) of same with the Erasmus Mundus Students & Alumni Association (EMA) and is the current Vice President of the Forensic Science Society of Ghana (FSSG).

Trace (contact/touch) DNA interaction with metal and metal-coated surfaces.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 - 2019 Assistant Lecturer University of Cape Coast
    2010 - 2016 Senior Research Assistant University of Cape Coast
    2009 - 2010 Teaching Assistant University of Cape Coast
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2021 Scholarship IEP Industry Placement Scholarship The University of Adelaide Australia
    2020 Award Sponsorship for Article Processing Charges (APC) Japanese Association of Forensic Toxicology (JAFT) Japan £2,560.00
    2020 Award ANZFSS SA Brach Symposium Award Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society, SA Branch Australia $2,400.00
    2020 Research Award The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences Research Scholarship The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, United Kingdom United Kingdom £3,000.00
    2019 Award Bill Retalic Prize for Science and Justice Faculty of Science, The University of Adelaide Australia $1,000.00
    2019 Scholarship Adelaide Scholarship International The University of Adelaide Australia A$27,595.00 per year
    2018 Award Erasmus+ Staff Mobility for Teaching and Training Universidad de Cordoba, Cordoba Spain €5,000.00
    2013 Scholarship Erasmus Mundus Masters Scholarship Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), European Union United Kingdom €50,000.00
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Twi Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2019 - 2020 The Forensic Criminology Institute United States Professional Diploma in Criminal Profiling & Crime Scene Analysis
    2019 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2013 - 2015 University of Lincoln United Kingdom MSc Forensic Science
    2009 - 2011 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Ghana MSc Biotechnology
    2004 - 2008 University of Cape Coast Ghana BSc Human Biology
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2019 - 2020 Professional Diploma in Criminal Profiling & Crime Scene Analysis The Forensic Criminology Institute United States
    2014 - 2014 Crime Scene Investigation University of Lincoln United Kingdom
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Bonsu, D. O. M., Higgins, D., Henry, J., & Austin, J. J. (2021). Evaluation of the efficiency of Isohelix™ and Rayon swabs for recovery of DNA from metal surfaces. Forensic Science Medicine and Pathology, 17(2), 199-207.
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    2021 Bonsu, D. O. M., Afoakwah, C., & Aguilar-Caballos, M. D. L. P. (2021). Counterfeit formulations: analytical perspective on anorectics. Forensic Toxicology, 39(1), 1-25.
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    2020 Bonsu, D., Higgins, D., & Austin, J. (2020). Forensic touch DNA recovery from metal surfaces - a review. Science and Justice, 60(3), 206-215.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS7 Europe PMC1
    2020 Abedi, M., Afoakwah, C., & Bonsu, D. O. M. (2020). Lip print enhancement: review. Forensic Sciences Research, 5 pages.
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    2019 Aaron, A., Amoako, E., Bonsu, D. O. M., & Banyeh, M. (2019). Forensic science in Ghana: A review. Forensic Science International: Synergy, 1, 151-160.
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    2018 Afoakwah, R., Bonsu, D. O. M., & Effah, E. (2018). A Guide on Illegal Fishing Activities in Ghana.. USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project. Narragansett, RI: Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, 1.
    2018 Acheampong, D. O., Adokoh, C. K., Asante, D. B., Asiamah, E. A., Barnie, P. A., Bonsu, D. O. M., & Kyei, F. (2018). Immunotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia (AML): a potent alternative therapy. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, 97, 225-232.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS20 Europe PMC10
    2009 Boampong, J., Acquah, S., Mate-Siakwa, P., Osei-Bonsu Mensah, D., & Nyarko, A. (2009). Levels of serum alanine/aspartate aminotransferase and urea in apparently healthy rural community in Ghana: A case study in Sabin-Akrofrom and Trede in the Ashanti region. Journal of the Ghana Science Association, 11(1).
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    Bonsu, D. O. M., Rodie, M., Higgins, D., Henry, J., & Austin, J. J. (n.d.). Comparison of Isohelix™ and Rayon swabbing systems for touch DNA recovery from metal surfaces. Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology.
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  • Theses

    Year Citation
    2015 Bonsu, D. (2015). Determination of Anorectics in Counterfeit Weight Loss Products and Urine using Nanomaterials and Fast Liquid Chromatography. (Master's Thesis, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom).
    2013 Bonsu, D. (2013). Molecular basis of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency in Cape Coast, Ghana. (Master's Thesis, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi -Ghana).
    2008 Bonsu, D. (2008). Levels of Alanine/Aspartate Aminotranferase and Urea in Apparently Healthy Ghanaians. (Undergraduate Dissertation, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana).

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences Research Scholarship (2020)

Bill Retalic Prize for Science and Justice (2019)

Adelaide Scholarship International (ASI) (2019 - 2021)

Seeding Labs Instrumental Access grant (2018)

Erasmus Mundus Masters Scholarship (2013 - 2015)

EMA General Assembly (2015)

 

Department of Forensic Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana

Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana

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  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Investigating the efficiency of touch DNA recovery from metal surfaces using Isohelix and Rayon swabbing systems in an uncontrolled environment . The University of Adelaide BSc Advanced (PPRIII) Other Matthew Rodie
  • Position: PhD Candidate
  • Email: dan.bonsu@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Darling, floor 2
  • Room: 2 05d
  • Org Unit: Molecular and Biomedical Science

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