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

C1131 Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science (Professional Practice)

M1255 Masters of Forensic Science (Professional Practice)

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



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.