Jodie Ward

University of Technology Sydney & NSW Health Pathology

Jodie Ward is the Director of the Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research (AFTER) and an Associate Professor in the Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Technology Sydney. In addition, she is the Forensic DNA Identification Specialist for the Forensic and Analytical Science Service at NSW Health Pathology, specialising in the nuclear and mitochondrial DNA testing of compromised human remains. This unique Joint Appointment sees her lead the research, development and application of forensic human identification techniques for missing persons casework in Australia. Her career highlights include being awarded a prestigious 2015 Churchill Fellowship to investigate world-leading DNA identification techniques for victims of crime, armed conflict and mass disasters, and recently delivering a TEDx talk describing her journey as a forensic humanitarian championing the introduction of a national DNA program to resolve Australia’s unidentified and missing person cold cases.