PhD, Associate Professor

Available to supervise Higher Degree by Research students


Personal profile


Dennis began his professional life as an engineer and a high school science teacher. He then obtained a PhD in Biochemical Engineering from the University of Sydney, specialising in biological nutrient removal from waste water and air.

His academic career has been diverse with three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Australian National University studying molecular plant physiology and two years as a lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Sydney.

In 2003, he began his current romance with forensic science as a postdoctoral fellow in the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Forensic Services laboratory in Canberra. He took up a position as Assistant Professor (Forensic Studies) at the University of Canberra in 2007.  He is currently Associate Professor (Forenisc Genetics) and manages the Genetic Ancestry Laboratory.

Dennis' research is broadly focussed on forensic genetics. That is, the use of genetics to enhance the value of DNA as forensic evidence. This includes the extraction of DNA from difficult substrates (bone, hair, degraded tissue), discrimination between different species based on their DNA, the prediction of phenotype from genotype and differentiation of human populations according to their biogeographical ancestry. He is also broadly interested in the use of so called next generation sequencing (or massively parallel sequencing) for forensic purposes.

Dennis has delivered forensic biology training courses, on behalf of the AFP, for members of the Indonesian National Police, the Royal Thai Police, the Iraqi Police Services and Pakistan Forensic Science Agencies.  He has also delivered workshops and training porograms for AFP Forensics and NSW Forensic Services Group.

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, University of New South Wales

PhD, University of Sydney

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Projects 2008 2018

Research Output 2005 2017

1 Citations

Characterization of Yersinia species by protein profiling using automated microfluidic capillary electrophoresis

Bennett, V. M., McNevin, D., Roffey, P. & Gahan, M. E. Mar 2017 In : Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology. 13, 1, p. 10-19 10 p.

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Open Access
4 Citations

Forensically relevant SNaPshot® assays for human DNA SNP analysis: a review

MEHTA, B., Daniel, R., Phillips, C. & MCNEVIN, D. 2017 In : International Journal of Legal Medicine. 131, 1, p. 21-37 17 p.

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Fungal bioreceptivity of Japanese tissue papers treated with plant dyes, watercolours, and acrylic paints in paper conservation

Soleymani, S., Aalders, J., Gahan, M. E., Ireland, T. & McNevin, D. Feb 2017 In : Studies in Conservation. 62, 2, p. 104-113 10 p.

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HRM and SNaPshot as alternative forensic SNP genotyping methods

MEHTA, B., DANIEL, R. & MCNEVIN, D. 2017 In : Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology. p. 1-9 9 p.

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