Dan Osei Mensah Bonsu

Dan Osei Mensah Bonsu

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

PhD 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.

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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
    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 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
    2020 Bonsu, D., Higgins, D., & Austin, J. (2020). Forensic touch DNA recovery from metal surfaces – a review. Science and Justice.
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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(2019), 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., 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).
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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).

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


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