Mr Kevin Kae-Wen Cheng

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


I joined the Department of Statistics as a Ph.D. student in January 2019. Previously, I have completed a BSc (Biotechnology and Biochemistry) and MSc (Bioinformatics) at The University of Melbourne. I am also working at The Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) as a Scientist Developer.

Research | Current

Under the supervision of Professor James M. Curran, Adjunct Professor John S. Buckleton, and Dr. Jo-Anne Bright, I am researching the application of modern statistical methods to the advance of probabilistic genotyping. This includes the statistical modeling of forensic STR (Short Tandem Repeat) profiles, next-generation sequencing forensic autosomal STR profiles, and methods for estimating the number of contributors in a forensic DNA profile. 

Outside of this current research, I am also interested in data visualisation and other computing methods.

Postgraduate supervision

Main Supervisor: Professor James M. Curran

Joint Main Supervisor: Adjunct Professor John S. Buckleton

Advisor: Dr. Jo-Anne Bright

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • McGovern, C., Cheng, K., Kelly, H., Ciecko, A., Taylor, D., Buckleton, J. S., & Bright, J.-A. (2020). Performance of a method for weighting a range in the number of contributors in probabilistic genotyping. Forensic science international. Genetics, 4810.1016/j.fsigen.2020.102352
  • Cheng, K., Skillman, J., Hickey, S., Just, R., Moreno, L., Bright, J.-A., ... Buckleton, J. (2020). Variability and additivity of read counts for aSTRs in NGS DNA profiles. Forensic science international. Genetics, 4810.1016/j.fsigen.2020.102351
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: James Curran
  • Cheng, K., Bright, J.-A., Kerr, Z., Taylor, D., Ciecko, A., Curran, J., & Buckleton, J. (2020). Examining the additivity of peak heights in forensic DNA profiles. AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF FORENSIC SCIENCES10.1080/00450618.2019.1704060
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: James Curran
  • Buckleton, J. S., Lohmueller, K. E., Inman, K., Cheng, K., Curran, J. M., Pugh, S. N., ... Taylor, D. A. (2019). Testing whether stutter and low-level DNA peaks are additive. Forensic science international. Genetics, 4310.1016/j.fsigen.2019.102166
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: James Curran
  • Bright, J.-A., Cheng, K., Kerr, Z., McGovern, C., Kelly, H., Moretti, T. R., ... Coble, M. D. (2019). STRmix™ collaborative exercise on DNA mixture interpretation. Forensic science international. Genetics, 40, 1-8. 10.1016/j.fsigen.2019.01.006
  • Buckleton, J. S., Bright, J.-A., Cheng, K., Kelly, H., & Taylor, D. A. (2019). The effect of varying the number of contributors in the prosecution and alternate propositions. Forensic science international. Genetics, 38, 225-231. 10.1016/j.fsigen.2018.11.011
  • Buckleton, J. S., Bright, J.-A., Cheng, K., Budowle, B., & Coble, M. D. (2018). NIST interlaboratory studies involving DNA mixtures (MIX13): A modern analysis. Forensic science international. Genetics, 37, 172-179. 10.1016/j.fsigen.2018.08.014

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 3, Room 395
New Zealand