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Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science, Murdoch University

Brendan Chapman is a forensic scientist, educator and researcher with expertise in the fields of forensic genetics and DNA, homicide and sex crime investigation, clandestine grave site recovery and cold case reviews.

Having worked for over 10 years in Western Australian State Government departments in both the forensic DNA laboratory and with law enforcement at crime scenes, Brendan has attended thousands of major crime scenes and performed numerous homicide body recovery exercises, providing expert testimony to the Western Australian Supreme Court.

His research focus and interest is in the field of forensic genetics and enhancement of DNA recovery and profiling capabilities for unsolved cases through the use of cutting edge DNA sequencing techniques and high sensitivity analysis.


  • 2018–present
    Senior lecturer in forensic science, Murdoch University
  • 2016–2018
    Lecturer in forensic science, Murdoch University
  • 2014–2016
    Application Scientist, PerkinElmer
  • 2011–2014
    Forensic Scientist, Western Australia Police
  • 2003–2011
    Forensic Scientist, PathWest Laboratory Medicine


  • 2012 
    Murdoch University, BSc (Hons) Molecular Biology

Professional Memberships

  • Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society- Committee Member
  • International Society of Forensic Genetics