Dr Jennifer Young
As a forensic scientist, my research focusses on the application of advanced DNA sequencing technology to answer questions related to crime.
My PhD research pioneered the use of new metagenomic DNA sequencing approaches for soil forensic DNA profiling: discriminating between crime sites, linking a suspect to a location, locating hidden burials and estimating the post-mortem interval (PMI) for buried remains. Following this, I applied my knowledge of environmental metagenomics to answer questions related to biodiversity changes through time. Projects included: (1) examination of coral-macroalgae interactions in the Great Barrier Reef using sediment DNA up to 1,000 years old; (2) examination of low biomass microbial diversity preserved in Ancient Antarctic Ice cores and (3) reconstruction of past environments from ancient New Zealand paleosols up to 10,000 years old.
My recent research focussed on hybridisation enrichment optimisation to aid in the repatriation of missing Australian WWII servicemen from highly degraded human remains recovered internationally by the Unrecovered War Casualties – Army (UWCA).
|2016||Senior Lab Coordinator||University od Adelaide|
|2016 - 2016||Research Officer||University of Adelaide|
|2015 - 2016||Research Assistant (Casual)||Deakin University|
|2014 - 2015||Post Doctoral Researcher||University of Adelaide|
|2011 - 2014||University of Adelaide||Australia||PhD|
|2005 - 2010||University of Strathclyde||Scotland||Forensic and Analytical Chemistry (MSc)|
ANZFFS National Travel Award, 2016, $1,300
Sandy Congdon Memorial Scholarship, 2016, ANZFSS SA Branch, $1,000
Faculty of Sciences Early Career Researcher International Travel Scheme, 2015, $2,000
Environment Institute's Early Career Researcher International Conference Scheme Travel Award, 2015, $1,750
Dean’s Commendation for Thesis Excellence, PhD Thesis Conferred November 2014
ANZFFS National Student Travel Award, 2014,
|2014 - ongoing||Member||International Society for Forensic Genetics|
|2011 - ongoing||Member||Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society||Australia|