Kirk is originally from Calgary, Alberta. Kirk graduated with a bacherlor’s degree in microbiology and immunology with honours at Dalhousie University. Kirk joined the Berman lab in May 2011 as a summer student and continued his work as an honours student through the 2011/2012 academic year.
Kirk was involved in using the zebrafish as a xenotransplant model to study pediatric sarcomas. Kirk’s project centered around using the zebrafish xenotransplantation model to study MIF and its contribution to cancer cell aggressiveness and invasiveness.