Dr Jennifer Young
Senior Lab Coordinator
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences
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).
Date Position Institution name 2016 - ongoing 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
Date Institution name Country Title 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,
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2021 External Supervisor Developing trace DNA detection methods for empty enclosures used in the illegal wildlife trade. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Nathan Deliveyne
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2017 - 2021 External Supervisor Changing community composition of coastal and marine vascular plants–towards an independent evidence base on coastal environmental change through time Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Nicole Rianne Foster
Date Role Membership Country 2014 - ongoing Member International Society for Forensic Genetics — 2011 - ongoing Member Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society Australia
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