Dr Karl Robinson

UQ Amplify Researcher

Centre for Horticultural Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
+61 7 334 62295


Dr Karl Robinson joined QAAFI’s Centre for Horticultural Science (frm. Centre for Plant Sciences) in 2012 as a molecular biologist specialising in RNAi applications against animal and plant viruses. Karl received his doctoral degree from The University of Queensland, School of Veterinary Science in 2009 under the guidence of Professor Timothy Mahony and Professor Joanne Meers and was awarded the 2009 UQ Deans Award for ‘Outstanding Higher Degree Research Thesis’. Karl has held postdoctoral research positions within Queensland Government/The University of Queensland - Agricultural Biotechnology Centre and the Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Organisation, the premier BSL 3 containment laboratory at The University of Saskatchewan, Canada, before joining The Mitter Group. In 2017, Dr Robinson was awarded the Queensland State Government - Advance Queensland Reseach Fellowship to conduct research into alternative insect and virus control methods using RNAi and nanotechnology. Upon successfully completing the AQRF, Dr Karl Robinson within CHS, secured a UQ amplify researcher position and teaches virology to 2nd and 3rd year veterinary science students.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Helbig, Karla J., Bull, Rowena A., Ambrose, Rebecca, Beard, Michael R., Blanchard, Helen, Böcking, Till, Chua, Brendon, Colmant, Agathe M. G., Crosse, Keaton M., Purcell, Damian F. J., Fraser, Johanna, Hayward, Joshua A., Hamilton, Stuart T., Husain, Matloob, MacDiarmid, Robin, Mackenzie, Jason M., Moseley, Gregory W., Nguyen, Thi H O, Quiñones-Mateu, Miguel E., Robinson, Karl, Rodrigo, Chaturaka, Rodriguez-Andres, Julio, Rudd, Penny A., Werno, Anja, White, Peter, Young, Paul, Speck, Peter, Hibma, Merilyn, Drummer, Heidi E. and Tachedjian, Gilda (2020). Tenth Scientific Biennial Meeting of the Australasian Virology Society-AVS10 2019. Tenth Scientific Biennial Meeting of the Australasian Virology Society, Queenstown, New Zealand, 2–5 December 2019. Basel, Switzerland: M D P I AG. doi: 10.3390/v12060621

  • Jain, Ritesh G., Robinson, Karl and Mitter, Neena (2019). RNAi-mediated management of whitefly Bemisia tabaci by oral delivery of double-stranded RNAs. The Third International Tropical Agriculture Conference TropAg 2019 , Brisbane, QLD Australia, 11-13 November 2019. Basel, Switzerland: MDPI. doi: 10.3390/proceedings2019036011

  • Hartawan, Risza, Meers, Joanne, Mahony, Tim and Robinson, Karl (2010). Vectoring of avian influenza antigens using a recombinant avian herpes virus vector. Global Biosecurity 2010, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 28 February-3 March 2010.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

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Completed Supervision