Dr Runa Daniel

Victoria Police Forensic Services Department

Dr Runa Daniel

Dr. Runa Daniel is a senior research, development and innovation scientist (Forensic Biology) in the Office of the Chief Forensic Scientist, Victoria Police Forensic Services Department. Runa has a background in genetics and molecular biology. Runa obtained her PhD from the University of Technology Sydney in 2009 in Forensic DNA Intelligence. Runa holds an honorary appointment as an Adj. Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Maths at the University of Canberra. Her current primary research focus is in Forensic DNA Intelligence and emerging DNA technologies and their application to casework. Runa is the chair of the Australia/New Zealand MPS Working Group and she is a member of the International Society of Forensic Genetics, the Australian Academy of Forensic Science and the Australia and New Zealand Forensic Science Society.

Runa’s talk – Sydney

Forensic DNA Intelligence and Genetic Genealogy: Considerations for law enforcement

Dr Runa Daniel1, Dr. Jennifer Raymond2, Lauren Atwood2 and Alison Sears2

In the era of intelligence-led policing, significant police and forensic resources are directed towards expanding and enhancing intelligence capabilities. Forensic DNA analysis traditionally focusses on determining the identity of the donor of biological evidence. In the absence of an identification, DNA Intelligence methodology would provide investigators with information about the DNA donor’s biogeographical ancestry and externally visible characteristics. In addition, searching national criminal databases can assist in identifying closely related family members. However, in the ever changing technology landscape, law enforcement has expanded their investigative interests to searching publicly available databases to assist in generating potential suspects. This presentation explores forensic DNA Intelligence and law enforcement considerations for the application of genetic genealogy to solving crime.

1Research, Development & Innovation, Office of the Chief Forensic Scientist, Victoria Police Forensic Services Department, Victoria, Australia

1Adj. Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Maths, University of Canberra, ACT, Australia

2Science and Research Unit, Forensic Evidence and Technical Services Command,  NSW Police Force, NSW, Australia