Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences
Dan is a PhD Candidate (Forensic DNA Analysis) at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD), The University of Adelaide (UoA), Australia. His research project investigates the interaction of contact 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 science and previously worked as a lecturer at the Department of Forensic Sciences at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.
Dan has completed two Masters degrees. The Erasmus Mundus Master in Forensic Science (MFSc) was received with distinction from a consortium of three European Universities: University of Lincoln, United Kingdom; Universidad de Córdoba, Spain and Instituto Superior de Ciências da Saúde Egas Moniz, Portugal. He has a Master of Science degree in Biotechnology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, with an overall Grade A (Distinction). Dan obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and has worked at different times in the same institution as a Teaching Assistant and Senior Research Assistant. He was the President for 2013 - 2015 cohort of the Erasmus Mundus MFSc Course, served as the Program Representative (PR) to same with the Erasmus Mundus Students & Alumni Association (EMA) and currently actively volunteer as a member of the PR network (PRnet) of EMA. He is the current Vice President of the Forensic Science Society of Ghana (FSSG) and Postgraduate Representative on the Faculty of Science Board, UoA.
Dan has held very prestigious scholarships ranging from the Adelaide scholarship International (ASI) from UoA, the Bill Retalic Prize for Science and Justice from Faculty of Science, UoA, and the Erasmus Mundus Masters Scholarship from the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Union. He was instrumental in the setting up of the first-ever department dedicated to undergraduate training in forensic and investigative sciences in West Africa, at the University of Cape Coast. He has also spearheaded the development of ‘Crime Scene Investigation’ and ‘Fire Investigation’ training modules for the Ghana Police Service and the Ghana National Fire Service respectively, and provided consultancy services for the USAID Centre for Coastal Management, University of Cape Coast, leading to the development of ‘A Guide on Illegal Fishing Activities in Ghana’. His exceptional leadership and networking skills have brought about signing of separate working Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) between the University of Cape Coast and the University of Lincoln, UK and Universidad de Córdoba, Spain.
Trace (contact/touch) DNA interaction with metal and metal-coated surfaces.
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 2019 Award Bill Retalic Prize for Science and Justice Faculty of Science, The University of Adelaide Australia — 2019 Scholarship Adelaide Scholarship International The University of Adelaide Australia — 2018 Award Erasmus+ Staff Mobility for Teaching and Training Universidad de Cordoba, Cordoba Spain — 2013 Scholarship Erasmus Mundus Masters Scholarship Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), European Union United Kingdom —
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Twi Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
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
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
Year Citation 2020 Bonsu, D., Higgins, D., & Austin, J. (2020). Forensic touch DNA recovery from metal surfaces – a review. Science and Justice.
2019 Aaron, A., Amoako, E., Bonsu, D. O. M., & Banyeh, M. (2019). Forensic science in Ghana: A review. Forensic Science International: Synergy, 1(2019), 151-160.
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., Adokoh, C., Asante, D., Asiamah, E., Barnie, P., Bonsu, D., & Kyei, F. (2018). Immunotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia (AML): a potent alternative therapy. Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy, 97, 225-232.
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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).
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).
Adelaide Scholarship International (ASI)
Bill Retalic Prize for Science and Justice
Erasmus Mundus Masters Scholarship
EMA General Assembly (2015)
Seeding Labs Instrumental Access grant (2018)
Department of Forensic Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Date Role Membership Country 2019 - ongoing Member The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences United Kingdom 2019 - ongoing Member International Association of Forensic Criminologists United States 2019 - ongoing Member Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society, SA Branch Australia 2016 - 2019 Member University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) Ghana 2016 - ongoing Vice-President Forensic Science Society of Ghana (FSSG) Ghana 2015 - ongoing Member Royal Society of Chemistry United Kingdom
Date Title Engagement Type Institution Country 2019 - 2019 Takoradi missing girls: what is forensic DNA testing? - Interview Public Community Engagement Scientect Ghana 2018 - 2018 Open Day in Crime Scene Investigation Public Community Engagement University of Cape Coast Ghana 2017 - 2017 UCC Introduces Forensic Studies Public Community Engagement TV3 Network Limited Ghana
Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country 2018 - ongoing Department of Forensic Sciences UCC - Ghana Police Service Forensic Sciences Instructional and training Ghana 2018 - ongoing Ghana National Fire Service Forensic Sciences Instructional and training Ghana 2018 - 2018 USAID Centre for Coastal Management, Department of Fisheries, University of Cape Coast Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Cape Coast Instructional and training Ghana
Date Office Name Institution Country 2020 - 2022 Postgraduate Student Elected to The University of Adelaide Council The University of Adelaide Australia 2019 - 2020 Postgraduate Representative Faculty of Science Board, The University of Adelaide Australia 2017 - ongoing Vice President Forensic Science Society of Ghana Ghana 2015 - 2019 Academic Advisory Department of Forensic Sciences. University of Cape Coast Ghana 2015 - 2016 Program Representative Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association Belgium 2013 - 2015 President, Erasmus Mundus Masters in Forensic Science 2013/2015 Cohort University of Lincoln United Kingdom
Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice
Date Title Type Institution Country 2017 - 2017 Sample Preparation for the Analysis of Fire Debris - Past and Present Journal Review Sample Preparation Journal Degruyter Poland
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