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Research Scientist, CSIRO

Dr Firth has a background in evolutionary biology focusing on the dynamics of emerging viral diseases.

She undertook postdoctoral training at Columbia University in the Mailman School of Public Health, where she worked on understanding the emergence and evolution of infectious diseases of humans and animals. Her current research focuses on the contribution of animals and insects to human disease in urban environments, with a emphasis on understanding how land-use changes may increase the risk of zoonotic disease emergence.


  • –present
    Research Scientist, Australian Animal Health Laboratory, CSIRO