My career to date has focussed on the development and characterisation of novel biotechnology, innovative assays and products for use in the field of forensic science. My research is multidisciplinary and covers areas from human identity testing, genetics and food authentication. Many of the techniques and methods I have developed are currently used by government and industry scientists at a National and International level. I am currently employed at LJMU, where I teach molecular forensics at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.
2003, Bangor University, United Kingdom, MSc Ecology
2002, Bangor University, United Kingdom, BSc
Bangor University, United Kingdom, PhD
Senior Lecturer, LJMU, 2015 - present
Method Validation Course, United Kingdom, LGC, ? - present
Design of Experiment Course, United Kingdom, LGC, ? - present
George K, Masters A, Dawnay N. 2019. Development of HyBeacon (R) probes for the forensic detection of Panthera, rhinoceros, and pangolin species MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR PROBES, 48 DOI Author Url Public Url
Masters A, Ogden R, Wetton J, Dawnay N. 2019. Defining end user requirements for a field-based molecular detection system for wildlife forensic investigations Forensic Science International, 301 :231-239 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Dawnay NM, Flamson R, Hall M, Steadman D. 2018. Impact of sample degradation and inhibition on field-based DNA identification of human remains Forensic Science International: Genetics, 37 :46-53 DOI Author Url Public Url
Stafford-Allen B, Dawnay N, Hanson EK, Ball G, Gupta A, Blackman S, French DJ, Duxbury N, Ballantyne J, Wells S. 2018. Development of HyBeacon (R) probes for specific mRNA detection using body fluids as a model system MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR PROBES, 38 :51-59 DOI Author Url Public Url
Morrison J, Watts G, Hobbs G, Dawnay N. 2018. Field-based detection of biological samples for forensic analysis: Established techniques, novel tools, and future innovations Forensic Science International, 285 :147-160 DOI Author Url Public Url
Dawnay N, Duxbury N, Hughes R, Court DS. 2016. Species detection using HyBeacon® probe technology: Working towards rapid onsite testing in non-human forensic and food authentication applications Forensic Science International: Genetics, 20 :103-111 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Blackman S, Dawnay N, Ball G, Stafford-Allen B, Tribble N, Rendell P, Neary K, Hanson EK, Ballantyne J, Kallifatidis B, Mendel J, Mills DK, Wells S. 2015. Developmental validation of the ParaDNA (R) Intelligence System-A novel approach to DNA profiling FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL-GENETICS, 17 :137-148 DOI Author Url Public Url
Donachie GE, Dawnay N, Ahmed R, Naif S, Duxbury NJ, Tribble ND. 2015. Assessing the impact of common forensic presumptive tests on the ability to obtain results using a novel rapid DNA platform FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL-GENETICS, 17 :87-90 DOI Author Url Public Url
Ball G, Dawnay N, Stafford-Allen B, Panasiuk M, Rendell P, Blackman S, Duxbury N, Wells S. 2015. Concordance study between the ParaDNA (R) Intelligence Test, a Rapid DNA profiling assay, and a conventional STR typing kit (AmpFlSTR (R) SGM Plus (R)) FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL-GENETICS, 16 :48-57 DOI Author Url Public Url
Dawnay N, Stafford-Allen B, Moore D, Blackman S, Rendell P, Hanson EK, Ballantyne J, Kallifatidis B, Mendel J, Mills DK, Nagy R, Wells S. 2014. Developmental Validation of the ParaDNA (R) Screening System - A presumptive test for the detection of DNA on forensic evidence items Forensic Science International: Genetics, 11 :73-79 DOI Author Url Publisher Url
Dawnay N, Dawnay L, Hughes RN, Cove R, Taylor MI. 2011. Substantial genetic structure among stocked and native populations of the European grayling (Thymallus thymallus, Salmonidae) in the United Kingdom CONSERVATION GENETICS, 12 :731-744 DOI Author Url
Ogden R, Dawnay N, McEwing R. 2009. Wildlife DNA forensics - Bridging the gap between conservation genetics and law enforcement Endangered Species Research, 9 :179-195 DOI
Dawnay N, Ogden R, Wetton JH, Thorpe RS, McEwing R. 2009. Genetic data from 28 STR loci for forensic individual identification and parentage analyses in 6 bird of prey species FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL-GENETICS, 3 :E63-E69 DOI Author Url
Ogden R, Dawnay N, McEwing R. 2008. Development of STR profiling systems for individual identification in wildlife: A case study of the Eurasian badger, Meles meles Forensic Science International: Genetics Supplement Series, 1 :612-613 DOI
Dawnay N, Ogden R, Thorpe RS, Pope LC, Dawson DA, McEwing R. 2008. A forensic STR profiling system for the Eurasian badger: A framework for developing profiling systems for wildlife species FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL-GENETICS, 2 :47-53 DOI Author Url
Dawnay N, Ogden R, McEwing R, Carvalho GR, Thorpe RS. 2007. Validation of the barcoding gene COI for use in forensic genetic species identification FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL, 173 :1-6 DOI Author Url
Dingemanse NJ, Wright J, Kazem AJN, Thomas DK, Hickling R, Dawnay N. 2007. Behavioural syndromes differ predictably between 12 populations of three-spined stickleback JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY, 76 :1128-1138 DOI Author Url
Walling CA, Dawnay N, Kazem AJN, Wright J. 2004. Predator inspection behaviour in three-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus): body size, local predation pressure and cooperation BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY, 56 :164-170 DOI Author Url
Walling CA, Dawnay N, Kazem AJN, Hickling R, Wright J. Do competing males cooperate? Familiarity and its effect on cooperation during predator inspection in male three-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus) Journal of Fish Biology, 63 :243-244 DOI
Dawnay N, McColl S, Morrison J, Louhelainen J, Sheppard K, May A, Girdland-Flink L, Watts G. Assessing the performance of quantity and quality metrics using the QIAGEN Investigator® Quantiplex® Pro RGQ kit Science and Justice, DOI Public Url
Ballantyne J, Hanson E, Mills D, Kallifatidis B, Mendel J, Dawnay N, Nagy R. DNA First: Quick screening systems can help select the most appropriate forensic samples for full DNA analysis Publisher Url
Engagement & Impact
External PGR Supervision - completed students:
Kings College London, MSc, The Effect of mRNA Amplicon Length on Direct RT-PCR Efficiency of Inhibited and Degraded Samples. 2015
Kings College London, MSc, The investigation of SNPs in forensically relevant body fluid-specific mRNA markers and their impact on PCR efficiency and melt curve analysis. 2015
Kings College London, MSc, The development and application of field portable species identification assays for non-human forensics and food authentication applications. 2014
Nominated for outstanding forensic scientist award (2014) at LGC.. 2014
Winner Best Presentation at Bangor Winter Conference. 2008
http://www.forensicmag.com/articles/2013/09/dna-first, Co-authored article in Forensic Magazine.
Kings College London, Dr Barbara Daniel Dr Denise Syndercombe Court.
Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Dr Rob Ogden Dr Ross McEwing.
Science & Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA), Dr Lucy Webber.
LGC, ParaDNA Development Team.
LGC, Research and Innovation Team.
Membership of professional bodies:
Member, Forensic Science Society.
Member, International Society of Forensic Genetics.