Dr Kirsty Wright is a Forensic Biologist who has worked in Major Crime, assisted in the 2002 Bali Bombings, led the international Thai Tsunami Victim Identification DNA Team, was Manager of the National DNA Database during the national expansion, has worked in academia for over ten years, and is a Squadron Leader in the Royal Australian Air Force helping to recover and identify fallen Australian soldiers from WWI, WWII and current conflicts.
Kirsty was in the 2012 Courier Mail’s Top 50 Best and Brightest of Queensland, chosen in Australia’s 100 Women of Influence, and was a finalist in the Global Influence category. She was included in the 2015 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’.
Kirsty was named The Australian newspaper’s Australian of the Year for 2022 for her work on the Shandee Blackburn murder investigation as part of the number one rating podcast ‘Shandee’s Story’ which triggered the Inquiry into Queensland DNA testing. The Inquiry exposed the worst forensic disaster in Australia’s history and one of the most serious failures in our national criminal justice system. Kirsty currently works for the Australian Army developing forensic capability for counter-terrorism and national security needs.