Dr. Duncan TaylorAustralia

    Principal Scientist in Forensic Statistics
    The University of Adelaide

    Duncan is the Chief scientist of forensic statistics at Forensic Science, SA. He has worked in the forensic field for 20 years, supervising criminal casework in hundreds of cases for both prosecution and defence, and testifying in Courts around Australia. He holds PhDs in molecular biology and statistics, both obtained from Flinders University. Dr Taylor is 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 DNA profile reading software. He is an Associate Professor of biology and Distinguished Alumni at Flinders University, supervising honours, masters and PhD students in biology and statistics projects. Duncan collaborates with colleagues around the world and has over 140 peer-reviewed publications, and books on DNA evidence interpretation and activity level evaluations. In 2017 Duncan was awarded the SA Science Excellence STEM professional award and in 2018 was part of the group that won the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Science Award. In 2021 Duncan was awarded the Public Service Medal for contributions to forensic statistics.