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Senior Lecturer, Griffith University

Kirsty Wright is a Forensic Biologist who has vast experience as a Major Crime Scientist and expert witness for the court and has led DNA Teams in a number of successful local and international forensic operations.

She was involved in the 2002 Bali Bombings forensic operation and in 2005 was the DNA Team Leader for the International Disaster Victim Identification effort at the Thai Tsunami Victim Identification Centre in Phuket as part of the Australian Federal Police Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Team.

In 2004 Kirsty was awarded the prestigious Churchill Fellowship to investigate methods of missing persons and DVI in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Kirsty led the successful expansion of the National Criminal Investigation DNA Database (NCIDD) as Program Manager for CrimTrac and implemented DNA forensic capabilities in the Northern Territory Police Forensic Biology laboratory for the analysis of human remains.

She has provided forensic workshops for police, scientific and judicial groups locally and abroad and has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences.

Kirsty is also an officer in the Royal Australian Air Force and is assisting the Australian Defence Force improve forensic capabilities for current conflicts and for the identification of historical remains.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, Griffith University
  • 2013–present
    PhD candidate, Griffith University


  • 2000 
    Griffith University, BSc (hons)


Queensland's Top 50 Best and Brightest list 2012, Australia's Top 100 Women of Influence 2013 (finalist in Global Influence category)