Professor Kirk's research is focused on infectious diseases and how they are transmitted by contaminated food and water.
He has investigated a wide range of disease outbreaks both in Australia and around the world, including those caused by Legionnaires' disease and cholera.
Martyn has led studies into "Mr Fluffy" houses in the ACT and the risks of residents developing mesothelioma, as well as the health impact of PFAS (poly-fluorinated alkyl substances) in Oakey, Queensland and Williamtown, NSW.
Martyn has also spent time researching gastroenteritis and foodborne diseases in elderly people.
He is interested in improving the surveillance of infectious diseases and the response of government agencies to major outbreaks.