Dr Karen Weynberg

CSIRO Synthetic Biology Fellow

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Faculty of Science


Karen completed her PhD in virology at the University of Warwick, UK, where she discovered new viruses that infect marine phytoplankton. More recently, Karen was an ARC Super Science Fellow at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville, for 5 years studying coral-associated viruses on the Great Barrier Reef. In 2017, Karen began a CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science fellowship, held jointly at CSIRO and the University of Queensland. This new research will use synthetic biology to develop phage therapy for the control of antibiotic-resistant bacterial biofilms.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Warwick
  • Master of Research with Distinction, University of Plymouth
  • Bachelor of Science, The Victoria University of Manchester


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Book Chapter

  • Weynberg, Karen D. (2018). Viruses in marine ecosystems: from open waters to coral reefs. Environmental virology and virus ecology. (pp. 1-38) edited by Carolyn M. Malmstrom. Cambridge, MA, United States: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/bs.aivir.2018.02.001

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision