The Advanced DNA, Identification and Forensic Facility (ADIFF) is an applied research and service delivery facility that applies novel cutting-edge DNA technology, sophisticated chemical analysis, and cyber detection tools to answer questions related to crime scene investigation, missing persons, illegal trade, biosecurity, conservation management and environmental crime.

This facility is unique to Australia, as it integrates world-leading researchers with applied outcomes for government, the criminal justice system, and industry thus enhancing synergies between academic research, service delivery and forensic application.


Products and services

The facility is composed of three complementary ADIFF nodes (University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the Australian Museum) and has representatives from Government, Industry and Forensic Sectors. ADIFF offers high-level infrastructure and quality assurance systems within a centralized, coordinated and research-focused framework to deliver quality outcomes for a broad range of partners and clients.

ADIFF analysis covers a broad range of samples including degraded human remains, animal tissues, plant material, and environmental samples.


  • Crime Scene Investigation: DNA profiles from low quantity, low quality samples, e.g. surface swabs, hairs, fingernails
  • Degraded Remains: missing persons, ancestry information, hair and eye colour predictions
  • Forensic Odontology: victim identification, age estimation, bite mark analysis



  • Illegal wildlife trade: species identification for illegal import and export of CITES species e.g. rhino, tiger, elephant
  • Trade-network analysis: development of advanced web intelligence techniques to disentangle complex and cryptic online trade networks
  • Conservation and Habitat Management: habitat and diet analysis, pest and weed identification



  • Timber Tracking: species identification, geographical provenance, individualization
  • Soil Analysis: physical, chemical and biological analysis to link soil to a suspect, crime scene or object, or identify likely origin of unknown samples
  • Organic Pollutants: identification of trace organic pollutants from agricultural, pharmaceutical and industrial sources in soils and waterways


Type Manufacturer Technical Specifications
EpMotion 5075 Automated liquid handling system Eppendorf Automated, high-throughput capability
QIAcube Qiagen Automated DNA Extraction system
Capillary Electrophoresis Applied Biosystems DNA sequencer
Illumina NGS Suite Illumina MiSeq, NextSeq, HiSeq
Bead Ruptor Homogeniser with Cryo Cooling unit OMNI Sample homogenisation at cooled temperature
Bioanalyser 2100 Expert Agilent DNA quantification and fragment size analysis
Quantus Fluorometer Promega DNA quantification
Pippin Prep Sage Science DNA fragment size selection
UV fitted PCR Workstations AURA Contamination free environment
Safemate Biosafety Cabinet EuroClone Contamination free environment
Milli-Q Intergral Water Purification System Milli-Q Contamination free water source


Dr Jennifer M. Young

Facility Manager


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