Brendan Chapman  from Murdoch University in Perth Australia.

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    Brendan Chapman
    BSc (Hons)

    Lecturer in Forensic Science

    About me

    I’m a Forensic Scientist with professional experience in both Forensic Biology and Crime Scene Investigation. I have worked on thousands of serious crimes throughout Western Australia including the management of numerous high profile homicide and serious assault investigations over my 12 year career. My particular area of expertise is in Forensic DNA analysis particularly with respect to qPCR, microsatelite analysis, metagenomics and SNP typing.

    My research interests include both forensic genetics and crime scene-based projects with a growing interest in the field of Digital Forensic metering challenges. I’m interested in expanding the capability at Murdoch for “niche” forensic genetic techniques that apply to historic cold cases and unsolved murders through techniques such as next-generation sequencing and specialised DNA recovery techniques.

    I have done consultation work as both a defence expert and worked on a number of historic, cold cases and am available for advice with regards to these matters.


    Teaching area





    Research areas

    Forensic genetics

    Forensic genomics


    Next-generation (Massively Parallel) Sequencing

    Low template analysis

    Molecular probes and capture arrays

    Clandestine grave site recovery


    Molecular surveillance techniques

    Cold case review


    Crime scene investigation

    Digital forensics




    • Rampant, S., Coumbaros, J., Chapman, B., (2019), Post-blast detection of human DNA on improvised explosive device fragments, Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, Online Jan 2019, , pages -.
    • Hutchinson, S., Chapman, B., Turbett, G., (2019), Sperm fishing: antigen-antibody complexes for thecapture and enrichment of spermatozoa in mixedcell substrates, Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, Online Feb 2019, , pages -.
    • Boast, A., Chapman, B., Herrera, M., Worthy, T., Scofield, R., Tennyson, A., Houde, P., Bunce, M., Cooper, A., Mitchell, K., (2019), Mitochondrial Genomes from New Zealand's Extinct Adzebills (Aves: Aptornithidae: Aptornis) Support a sister-Taxon Relationship with the Afro-Madagascan Sarothruridae, Diversity, 11, 2, pages 1 - 21.
    • Dunhill, T., Chapman, B., (2019), Meta-analysis of the secondary transfer of DNA, Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, online, , pages 1 - 4.
    • Booth, N., Chapman, B., (2019), DNA recovery from fired hollow point ammunition, Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, Online Feb 2019, , pages -.
    • Nolan, A., Mead, R., Maker, G., Bringans, S., Chapman, B., Speers, S., (2019), Examination of the temporal variation of peptide content indecomposition fluid under controlled conditions using pigs as human substitutes, Forensic Science International: Genetics, 298, , pages 161 - 168.
    • Sim, J., Chapman, B., (2019), In-field whole genome sequencing using the MinION nanopore sequencer to detect the presence of high-prized military targets, Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, Online Feb 2019, , pages -.
    • Beckwith, S., Murakami, J., Chapman, B., (2018), The persistence of semen on cotton fabric invarious water environments, Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, Online, , pages -.
    • Nolan, A., Speers, S., Murakami, J., Chapman, B., (2018), A pilot study: The effects of repeat washing and fabric type on the detection of seminal fluid and spermatozoa, Forensic Science International: Genetics, 289, , pages 51 - 56.

    Oatley G, Speers J, Chapman B (2018) Forensic Intelligence and The Analytic Process

    Colwill S, Faulkner S, Speers J, Chapman BRB (2018) 3d Generation of Scene and Outsole Impressions: The End of The Frikkin Lazer?

    Oatley G, Chapman B, Williams S, Barnes G, Clare J (2018) Geospatial Predictive Policing

    Chapman BRB, Speers J, Coumbaros J (2018) A Practical-Based Master Course for Contemporary Forensic Investigators: A Three-Year Retrospective

    Hunt C, Chapman BRB, Coumbaros J (2018) Developing an Efficient Method for Generating Facial Reconstructions Using Photogrammetry and Open Source 3D/CAD Software: A Preliminary Study

    Nutton L, Chapman BRB, Magni P (2018) Detection of Human Male DNA From Whole Lucilia Sericata (Meigen) (Diptera: Calliphoridae) Larvae

    Sim JE, Chapman BRB (2018) In-Field Whole Genome Sequencing Using the Minion Nanopore Sequencer to Detect the Presence of High-Prized Military Targets. 

    Rampant S, Chapman BRB, Coumbaros J (2018) Post-Blast Detection of Human DNA On Improvised Explosive Device Fragments

    Hutchinson S, Turbett Gr, Chapman BRB (2018) Sperm Fishing: Antigen-Antibody Complexes for The Capture and Enrichment of Spermatozoa in Mixed Cell Substrates

    Booth N, Egan SE, Chapman BRB (2018) The Detection of Human DNA On Fired Bullets

    Beckwith S, Chapman BRB (2018) The Persistence of Semen on Cotton Fabric in Various Aqueous Environments

    Cameron C, Chapman BRB (2018) Trace Evidence Recovery from Simulated Grave Sites: Recommendations for Australian Conditions

    Morahan E, Oatley G, Chapman BRB (2018) Wearable Activity Monitors on Crime Scene Investigators for Monitoring Geolocation and Physiological Indicators of Stress and Fatigue

    Dunhill T, Chapman BRB (2018) Meta-Analysis of The Secondary Transfer Of DNA


    Nolan, A., Speers, J., Murakami, J., & Chapman, B. (2018). A Pilot Study: The Effects of Repeat Washing and Fabric Type on the Detection of Seminal Fluid and Spermatozoa. Forensic Science International 2018:289: 51-56.

    Beckwith, S., Murakami, J., & Chapman, B. (2018). The Persistence of Semen on Cotton Fabric in Various Water Environments. Australian Journal of Forensic Science (Accepted manuscript)

    Chapman, B. (2007). The Integration of a Robotic Platform to Increase Throughput of Volume Crime Samples. Oral Presentation. Applied Biosystems Roadshow 2007

    Chapman, B. (2008). Liquid handling system selection and further optimisation of the Promega® DNA IQ™ kit for more efficient DNA extraction on the PerkinElmer® JANUS™ Forensic Workstation. Paper presented at the ANZFSS International Symposium, Sydney, NSW. Australia.

    Chapman, B., Pandevski, D., & Taylor, L. (2006). Validation of the PerkinElmer Multiprobe II for DNA Extraction of Volume Crime samples. Paper presented at the ANZFSS International Symposium, Fremantle, WA. Australia.

    Chapman, B., Scott, S., G.Turbett, & Bennett, J. (2010). The Effect of Fingerprint Detection Treatments on DNA Recovery

    Using an Automated Magnetic Bead Extraction Technique. Paper presented at the ANZFSS International Symposium, Adelaide, SA. Australia.

    Chapman, B., Tack, L., & Pitcher, D. (2008). An Excursion Down an Outback Automation Highway: The progression of an

    Australian Forensic Biology Laboratory toward an automated, high-throughput facility. Paper presented at the Promega International Symposium on Human Identification, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

    Chapman, B., & Bhalla, A. (2014). PerkinElmer and AGRF Present the Harry Perkins LabChip GXII. Perkins Seminar Series. Harry Perkins Institute.

    Chapman, B., Nussio, M., & Davies, B. (2014). Next Generation Sequencing Pipelines- Automation and Microfluidic Solutions and Automating SPE for Forensic Chemistry. Paper presented at the ANZFSS International Symposium, Adelaide, SA. Australia.

    Chapman, B. (2015). NIFS MPS Workshop- Automation of Forensic Genomic Applications. Massively Parallel Sequencing Scientific Working Group. Oral Presentation. National Institute of Forensic Science.