Aaron Amankwaa

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

Aaron's research is multi- and inter-disciplinary, spanning forensic science, law, and policing, with a clear policy-impact focus. His primary research covers three key themes: 1) evaluation of the effectiveness of forensic DNA databases, forensic biometrics and other forensic applications (including AI and machine learning technologies); 2) Evaluation of the impact of time, temperature and other environmental factors on the quantity and quality of DNA extracted from biological samples; 3) Assessment of the transfer, persistence, prevalence and recovery (TPPR) of trace DNA on different surfaces.



Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • PhD, Law, Northumbria University

    Forensic DNA Databasing: retention regimes and efficacy

    1 Oct 2016 - 30 Sep 2019
  • MSc, Science, University of Strathclyde

    Development of a DNA degradation assay to determine the age of bloodstains

    26 Sep 2014 - 26 Sep 2015
  • BSc (Hons), Biochemistry, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

    14 Aug 2009 - 28 Jun 2013

Professional Qualifications

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, AFHEA

    12 Aug 2020 -
  • Associate Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, ACSFS

    22 Dec 2016 -