Dr Duncan Taylor

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Research Biography

I am the principal scientist of forensic statistics at Forensic Science, SA. I holds PhDs in molecular biology and statistics, both obtained from Flinders University. I am one of the developers of STRmix™, a probabilistic DNA interpretation software being used in forensic DNA laboratories around the world and a developer of the neural network component of FaSTR™, a commercial DNA profile reading software. I am an associate professor of biology and Distinguished Alumni at Flinders University supervising honours, masters and PhD students in biology and statistics projects. I collaborates with colleagues around the world and have over 90 peer-reviewed publications, in the area of forensic, biology, statistics and machine learning and their application to evidence evaluation, and a book on DNA evidence interpretation. In 2017 I was awarded the SA Science Excellence STEM professional award.

Research Interests

Forensic DNA profling
DNA profile generation and interpretation
Population genetics
Statistical evaluation of forensic evidence


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Research Areas

  • Molecular biosciences

Supervisory Interests

  • Population genetics
  • Trace DNA
  • Biostatistics
  • Forensic DNA
  • Human DNA
  • Forensic science


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