Dr. Kirsty Short is an ARC DECRA research fellow at the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, The University of Queensland. She completed a PhD in 2013 at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne. In 2013 she was also awarded an NHMRC CJ Martin Early Career Fellowship to go to the Netherlands to work in the Department of Virosciences at Erasmus Medical Centre. She returned to Australia at the end of 2015 to work at the University of Queensland. In 2017 she established her own independent research group studying influenza virus pathogenesis. Her group works on many different aspects of the influenza including how the influenza virus affects different animal species, the role of the immune system in severe influenza virus infections and the interactions between severe influenza and chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and obesity.