Dan Bonsu

Dan Bonsu

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

PhD Candidate

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology


Dan is a PhD Candidate at the School of Biological Sciences, 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 crimes involving guns and knives, to ultimately lead to improved justice outcomes.

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 Industry Engaged PhD (IEP) placement scholarship, 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 the first-ever African to serve as a Member of the University of Adelaide Council since its founding in 1874. He also served as a member of the Student Engagement Committee, the Research Education and Supervision Policy Working Group, and a Postgraduate Representative on the Faculty of Science Board, UoA. He was the President of the 2013 - 2015 cohort of the Erasmus Mundus MFSc, served as the Program Representative (PR) of the same with the Erasmus Mundus Students & Alumni Association (EMA) and is the former Vice President of the Ghana Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Dan is the current Publicity Officer of the ANZFSS SA Branch and recently completed a 5-month industry placement with Forensic Science SA.

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

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 - 2019 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
    2022 Award ANZFSS Symposium Award Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) Executive Australia
    2022 Recognition Royal Australian Navy Commendation Royal Australian Navy Australia
    2022 Award The Ross Vining Award ANZFSS SA Branch Australia
    2021 Award Adelaide Graduate Award The University of Adelaide Australia
    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

  • The University of Adelaide Industry Engaged PhD (IEP) Placement Scholarship (Oct. 2021 - Feb. 2022)
  • ANZFSS SA Branch Symposium 2020 Award (May 2020)
  • The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences Research Scholarship (April 2020)
  • Bill Retalic Prize for Science and Justice (Aug. 2019)
  • Adelaide Scholarship International (ASI) (Feb. 2019 - Nov. 202)
  • Seeding Labs Instrumental Access grant (2018)
  • Erasmus Mundus Masters Scholarship (Sept. 2013 - Aug. 2015)
  • EMA General Assembly (Oct. 2015)

 

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

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

  • 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
  • Org Unit: Research Scholars (Positions)

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