Dr Kirsty Wright

    Visiting Fellow

    2000   Bachelor Biomedical Science (Hons), Griffith University

    2017  PhD, Griffith University


    Dr Kirsty Wright is a Forensic Biologist who worked for several year in Major Crime, and specialises in missing persons and Disaster Victim Identification (DVI). She has led DNA teams in numerous successful DVI operations in Australia and overseas and was involved in the 2002 Bali Bombings operation. Following the Boxing Day Tsunami she was the DNA Team Leader for the International Thai Tsunami Victim Identification Centre in Phuket as part of the Australian Federal Police DVI Team.

    In 2004 Kirsty was awarded the prestigious Churchill Fellowship to investigate missing persons and DVI methods at the FBI, at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner during the September 11 victim identifications and at Forensic Science Service in the United Kingdom.

    Kirsty led the expansion of the National Criminal Identification DNA Database (NCIDD) for the federal agency CrimTrac in 2007, and the Queensland Skeletal Remains Project, which used forensic methods to identify long-term missing persons. She is an Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force, posted to 2EHS working in remote jungle locations and historical battle fields to assist in the identification of missing Australian soldiers from WWI, WWII and the Korean War, and is developing capability to improve responses to modern combat deaths.

    In 2012 she was included in the Courier Mail’s Top 50 Best and Brightest of Queensland, in 2013 was chosen in Australia’s 100 Women of Influence and was a finalist for the Global Influence category, in 2015 she was included in the Who’s Who of Australian Women list, and received the Queensland Police Commissioner’s Award ‘for valuable contribution to the investigation into the murder of Daniel Morcombe’.