Profile

The Advanced DNA Forensic Facility combines an international-standard ancient DNA laboratory with expertise in ancient DNA analysis and human genetics to provide specialist DNA identification of degraded human remains. The Facility can provide forensically useful genetic profiles from highly degraded human remains by applying existing methodologies, and developing new approaches, within a NATA accredited and fully validated forensic framework.

The Facility, part of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, provides an international standard laboratory, unique in the Southern Hemisphere, to handle and analyze human remains in a contamination free environment. The laboratory is geographically isolated from other DNA facilities to prevent cross contamination and utilizes highly stringent HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filtered positive air pressure, UV irradiation and other decontamination measures, combined with strict personal protective equipment and personnel workflow to ensure a DNA free working environment.

 

Products and services

We have a range of novel and innovative ancient DNA techniques and DNA profiling methodologies that provide a comprehensive new toolkit for forensic DNA identification. These include Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) assays for mitochondrial DNA, Y-chromosome, biogeographic ancestry, phenotype prediction and identification.

  • Forensic DNA analysis of degraded human remains and trace evidence, including bones, teeth and hair
  • Mitochondrial DNA typing via coding-region SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism) typing
  • HVSI and HVSII sequencing
  • Whole mtDNA genome sequencing
  • Y-chromosome DNA typing via SNP typing
  • Biogeographic ancestry prediction using 34 Ancestry Informative SNP typing panel
  • Eye and hair colour prediction using the Hirisplex SNP typing panel
  • Identification using SNP and indel markers

 

Type Manufacturer Model Technical Specifications
Genomics
DNA sequencer Applied Biosystems 3130XL  
Ancient DNA Laboratory     Provides a contamination free environment
Capabilitiy/Service Name Description
Genomics
Identification Using SNP and indel markers
Eye and hair colour prediction Using the Hirisplex SNP typing panel
Biogeographic ancestry prediction Using 34 Ancestry Informative SNP typing panel
Y-chromosome DNA typing Via SNP typing
Whole mtDNA genome sequencing  
HVSI and HVSII sequencing  
Mitochondrial DNA typing Via coding-region SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism) typing
Forensic DNA Analysis Specializing in degraded human remains and trace evidence, including bones, teeth and hair

Contact

Assoc Prof Jeremy Austin

Facility Manager
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Location

The University of Adelaide
North Terrace Campus
Darling Building
Victoria Drive
Adelaide SA 5000