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 and was awarded the 2009 UQ Deans Award. Karl has held postdoctoral research positions within Queensland Government/The University of Queensland - Agricultural Biotechnology Centre and the Viral Pathogenesis and Vaccine Group at the Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Organisation, 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. Currently, a UQ Amplify senior research officer, Karl is leading research into spray-on RNAi applications for viruses and insects in high value horticultural crops, supervises several honors and higher degree research students and delivers the plant virology lectures of School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences 3rd year virology course at UQ.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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  • 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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